It seems our “grace period” is over and has been replaced with the brutal reality that is a Minnesota Winter. I am NOT a fan of cold weather or snow, so I often wonder why I continue to live here. I can only deduce that it must be a combination of my family being here, and a very selective memory. Thankfully, we had a mild Fall, and the first significant snowfall happened just this past weekend. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that February 2nd will be a gloomy, cloudy day, and Punxsutawney Phil will proclaim Spring is not far away!
Despite my personal aversion to this time of the year, there are still many redeeming qualities to it, and life in this frozen tundra does go on. With a plethora of activities available, most Minnesotans do not go into hibernation and somehow manage to keep themselves entertained. I prefer to stay inside, but I did venture out once to the Red Bull Crashed Ice event a few years ago, which will take place again this February, by the Cathedral of St. Paul. That is definitely one event worth going to. The track, speed, and agility of these competitors is really unbelievable. Construction of the giant track is a sight in itself. France, Finland, and Canada are the only other locations for this race, so it does draw quite a large crowd to St. Paul.
Other events that are a tradition here in Minnesota are the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, ice skating at The Depot Skating Rink in Minneapolis, anything related to hockey, and the many other usual Winter-related things like skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. For those of you who don’t want to brave the frozen elements, there’s plenty to do for you also. Being home to the largest mall, The Mall of America, one could easily spend hours if not days wandering through this monstrosity. Complete with its own amusement park, Nickelodeon Universe, a store for everyone and anything, and the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, it also boasts 2 major hotels that are connected right to the mall.
So maybe, just maybe, it isn’t that bad here after all. I do always manage to live to tell about. And perhaps something we can all enjoy, is when the Land of 10,000 Lakes is transformed from its grey, end of Fall landscape. When the skies suddenly open up, showering the trees, lakes, and everything else in between with fluffy white flakes, turning Minnesota into a glistening Winter Wonderland.
For a complete guide of Minnesota and all it has to offer, check out the Explore Minnesota website.
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