a celebration of Minnesota’s rich and diverse natural environment

The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.

Ellen Burns Sherman
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Minnesota has 75 state parks and recreation areas and we will visit all of them.

A solo late winter snowshoe in Wild Rover State Park introduces surprises in myriad foot prints.
The volume’s turned up on muddy trails at Minnesota's William O’Brien State Park and my ears open to the music
One Thursday in spring, bluebells explode into a sea of color like a holy shrine at Carley State Park, MN.
Taking a walk in early spring and thinking about the coming limits to our freedom to move.
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic – and Blissful recovers – let's look back to the beginning.