Alright. So ducks and seagulls aren’t the most interesting birds in Minnesota, but they were the ones I saw, and I like the pictures I took of them. The loons were a lot more interesting, though they tended to be somewhat elusive when I had a camera in my hands. Loons calling to each other at sunset is a weird, awesome sound. Everyone should hear it once in their life.

International Wolf Center

I like wolves. And despite the fact that for a long time there was a wolf exhibit at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, I’d never seen a live wolf until this summer (the wolves were hardly ever out at the Omaha Zoo. Not when I was there, anyway). So I was pretty happy to go to the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, when we were up in Minnesota last week.

It’s a really great little center. They have several wolves you can see, plus all sorts of educational videos and exhibits about wolves. There was even a werewolf show going on when we were there (art, stories, and whatnot).

If you ever happen to be in Ely, Minnesota getting outfitted for a canoe trip, I’d recommend a quick run over to the Wolf Center.



I grew up in a town of 5,600 people so I always laugh when people talk about small towns of 100,000. To me, a small town has 100 residents.

I was flipping through some older photographs from my trip home last summer and found a couple I hadn’t liked at the time, but I changed my mind on seeing them again.

Travelogue: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

I’m a fan of wide open spaces (one of the reasons I like living in Nebraska), so taking a long weekend with a friend to drive up to North Dakota was pretty awesome. If the threat of a flash-flood-causing downpour hadn’t forced us to leave the park early, it would have been perfect. As it was, a nearly ten hour downpour soured the drive through South Dakota, but it did make for quite an adventure.

Oak Lake

It wasn’t too long ago that I was wishing for spring to come, and now it’s almost summer. What happened to spring? I think it got caught wavering between late winter and summer- it was either cool and rainy, or hot and overly sunny. *sigh* Such is the weather in Nebraska. But once in a while, we get a nice day and have the time to take advantage of it.