I am already gathering together some little surprises and ideas for the swap! Also compiling a mental list of all the things about Minnesota I want to share and visit.
Gabby is an avid journaler so she will be traveling with her diary and her beloved Lulu bunny.
You know, people often lump Minnesota into the Midwest but we Minneapolis hipsters have renamed ourselves the North Coast. We have beaches along Lake Superior with waves so big people actually can surf -when the ice comes off! This is totally for real! Here's some pics from a recent article on it.
And this whole lumbersexual trend sweeping the nation. Whatevs!--Paul Bunyan, flannel, beards --we've been doing that look for AGES! Check out this fam rocking the plaid.
Some other cool stuff--The Mighty Mississippi River starts in northern Minnesota --its just a little stream that visitors can dip their toes in.
The whole "Land of 10,000 Lakes" motto is actually wrong. We have 11,842 lakes that are 10 acres or larger and probably a million ponds! I own a boat so I hope my little visitor can swim and water ski.
When I first moved to St. Paul, MN in 2004, I rented an apartment a block from the home where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his first novel "This Side of Paradise." Here it is right here. LV and I will have to stroll by.
The coolest dog in America heralds from Minnesota: Snoopy! Charles Schulz grew up in St. Paul, MN and launched his career though drawing the "Lil Folks" cartoons for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The houses in the Peanuts cartoon do strongly resemble MN. And all that ice skating, snowflake tasting and snowballs --of course it's Minnesota!
Schulz grew up with a dog named Spike who he liked to draw. You may remember that in the Peanuts cartoon Snoopy's brother was named Spike.
I can't wait to learn who will be visiting the North Coast! Don't forget the bug spray!