Out and About

Visiting Fort Snelling State Park

Today, my mom, my puggle (Missy), and I visited Fort Snelling State Park for the first time (though my mom says she did once visit the cemetery for a funeral). Because Fort Snelling is spread out over such a wide area and is so integral to Minnesota’s history, the photos below actually comprise three cities and three counties. The first location, Big Rivers Regional Trail, isn’t part of Fort Snelling, though the trails do connect to it.

I decided we should visit this state park because it was recommended today by the Fall Color Finder from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who, in the photo to the right, also show that this area is at the peak time for fall colors.

I took these six photos from 4:13 to 5:21 p.m.

Delta hangar across the Minnesota River, as seen from Big Rivers Regional Trail in Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Delta airplane preparing to land at the runway near the hangar in the previous photo
Down by the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul
Fallen tree near where I took the previous photo at Fort Snelling State Park, with my mom acting as the director of photography
Commemorative marker and/or gravestone for Elizabeth R. Snelling, the daughter of Colonel Josiah Snelling and first white child born in Minnesota. It is located approximately 10 feet behind where I was standing in the next photo at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, with my mom acting as the director of photography again
Out and About

46 Morning Photos From the Minnesota State Fair

Today, I made my first post-Covid visit to the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The Minnesota State Fair is the second-largest state fair in the United States. I took these photos from 8:52 to 10:22 a.m. and used my Canon EOS R with kit lens.

Minnesota State Fair entrance
Pizza Wagon
Tickets for the Midway
The Strawberry Patch
Sheep entrance
Caged sheep
Butcher Boys
Cows standing outside
Art on a stick
All You Can Drink Milk for $2
Fish pond
KARE 11 building
KARE 11 broadcasting live
Fresh French Fries
The Original Minneapple Pie
Haunted House
Minnesota Twins sculpture
Propal Fresh Oranges cart
American Red Cross blood donation bus
Hennepin County Sheriff truck
Oof-Da Tacos
Minnesota State Fair information booth
Doing pull-ups at a Marines stand
Bus that looks like a vintage-style tram
Giant Ferris wheel at the Midway
Pronto Pups
John Deere riding lawn mowers on display
92 KQRS live broadcasting booth
Gizmo, “The Italian Beef Burger!”
Carnival game prizes
Sculpture of a woman with hotdish
Sky Glider above crowd
Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar
Woman taking photos with smartphones
National Guard Humvee
National Guard Humvee II
Army Humvee
Army remote-controlled tank
Army remote-controlled tank II
Kids controlling remote-controlled tanks
Man lifting heavy weights at the Army stand
TPT Twin Cities PBS stand
Fox 9 stand
Star Tribune building
Ride at the Midway