Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978-I laugh every time I hear someone complain about what seems to amount to me to be not much more than a dusting of snow. It's no joke when I say that I can expect a blizzard here on my birthday, because I actually remember one of Michigan's most severe blizzards. It happened in 1978, and you can check out Farlane's Michigan in Pictures blog (make sure you watch the video!).
Bishop Baraga, R.I.P.-Father Baraga, the "Snowshoe Priest", embraced Michigan's snow, as an explorer traveling to the Lake Superior Shore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula during the mid-1800s. We visited this tribute site to Father Baraga a number of years back, but it was fun to revisit the outsized sculpture and shrine paying tribute to the adventurous priest via Kath's story at the Great Lakes Gazette blog.
Enjoy Winter in North Dakota, because "The Snow Will be Gone before We Know It"-I wish we'd have more snow in the winters here as I've barely had any time when I could cross-country ski in the park behind my house this year, or any other of a number of recent years. Kylie urges readers of the Horizontal Lines blog to take advantage of the winter weather and shares the story of a recent cross-country trek she took with her mom.
Know Nebraska: Lincoln Highway, North Platte to Lodgepole-I've enjoyed driving the Lincoln Highway the length of Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as through portions of Illinois, and Pennsylvania and learning the history of America's first trans-continental highway. I enjoyed reading about Muriel's travels through Nebraska on the fabled road and hope to make the same drive someday myself. Check it out on the Nebraska Outback blog.
Back to my Detroit Area Winter Sunset Spot-It's difficult to see the beauty winter beauty of the Detroit area when we seem to be experiencing what I call six-months-of-November, but Aaron found the sweet sunset spot at Kensington Metro Park and shares this photo essay of the beautiful scene at The Adventures of elATLboy blog.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Life in the Fast Lane-Been thinking about hometown guy Glen Frey of the Eagle a lot lately in the wake of his recent death, so it somehow seems appropriate to share Deb's story about experiencing "life in the fast lane" at Indianapolis. Take a ride about the racetrack and learn a bit about the famous race, its history and attractions at Indy. Check it out at the Just Short of Crazy blog.
12 Fun Facts You May Not Know about the Midwest-Connie assembles this list of a dozen fun facts that include answers to the questions: Where did the World's Tallest Man call home? Where is the World's largest railroad yard? Where is the largest producer of cranberries in the country? Check it out at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
Picture Book Minneapolis-Check out this cool collection of vintage views of Minneapolis at the Nokohaha blog. My favorites here include a view of the Stone Arch Bridge, with the Tenth Avenue Bridge in the foreground, and a beautiful parkway known as Calhoun Boulevard during what looks like it could be from the first decade of the 1900s.
And since we started out this list several distinctly winter views, here are a couple of stories more spring-like in nature-
Revitalizing Detroit Michigan one Tree at a Time-Deb takes a look at Hantz Farms, an innovative program that seeks to clean up and revitalize some of the most troubled and vacant properties in Detroit. I remember hearing a lot of discussion and resistance to the farm's plan as organizers first proposed ways to make the city more livable, so it was definitely interesting to read Deb's take on the story and see the progress made over the last couple of years. Check it out at the Just Short of Crazy blog.
Milwaukee Pubic Market: Exploring Lunch Options-Speaking of growing things, Connie checks out Milwaukee's famed Public Market and the locally produced and grown items available there. This place resembles the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio and is definitely on my list of places we want to visit when we finally get to Milwaukee. Read the story at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
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