Guiding with Kelsey Olson

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Trails Q & A: Sibley State Park

 

Name:  Kelsey Olson

From: Minnetrista

Occupation: Naturalist at Sibley State Park.

Seen: Interpretive Center at Sibley State Park.

How long have you been a naturalist? About five years, three with the Minnesota DNR.

Why are you a naturalist? I am drawn to working with people and I grew up outdoors. This is the perfect build of those two worlds.

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MN
United States
45° 19' 13.908" N, 95° 1' 9.7644" W

2015 Bike Minnesota!

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We're biking to save special places!

 

Please join us for the 11th annual BIKE MINNESTOA! bike tour for miles of smiles over Labor Day weekend!

Our fantastic 4-day, 3-night bike expedition has been a favorite with cyclists of all ages for a decade, and each year brings a new adventure as we set up camp at a different state park and explore the area on daily loop rides.

This year we'll be at Glendalough State Park and ride between 30-60 miles each day, along highways, paved city streets and trails.

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MN
United States
46° 20' 14.8092" N, 95° 38' 51.5724" W
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2015 Bike Opener in Park Rapids

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All smiles on the Heartland Trail

 

Gray skies and a threat of rain couldn't keep cyclists away from the first annual Bike Opener at Heartland Park in Park Rapids last Saturday, May 16. Over 300 came to see the ribbon cutting for the new bridge over the Fish Hook River and ride the Heartland Trail in celebration of what chamber director Nicole Lalum hopes will be an annual event much like other season openers across the state.

 

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MN
United States
46° 55' 23.4696" N, 95° 3' 16.2936" W
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Marathoning through Jay Cooke

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    People who run marathons do so to escape the tedium of everyday existence.

    Marathons offer a controlled adventure and an escape from cell phones and computer screens in exchange for a strong reconnection with nature. Of all the marathons in the Midwest, the Eugene Curnow trail marathon traversing Jay Cooke state park offers possibly the most spectacular scenery, and is also the event most likely to provide runners with a spiritual experience.

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MN
United States
46° 38' 37.8564" N, 92° 21' 32.9328" W
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Blading the Paul Bunyan Trail

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   Melanie Fensick of Plainville, Connecticut didn’t believe the Paul Bunyan Trail was completely paved from end to end.

            After roller blading 100 miles and seven days from Bemidji to Brainerd she was amazed at just how smooth, remote and friendly the trail is.

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MN
United States
46° 15' 48.3948" N, 94° 19' 17.0544" W
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Biking with Rochelle

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Trails Q&A: Browns Creek Trail.

 

Name: Rochelle Brodin

From: Scandia, MN

Seen: Biking the newly opened Brown's Creek State Trail into Stillwater.

Gear: Specialized Globe Sport Bike.

Best Trail Experience: The kindness of strangers who helped me out when I got caught in a severe thunderstorm.

Worst Trail Experience: Selfish race type bikers who come up behind me and pass without warning at high speeds.

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MN
United States
45° 3' 20.7288" N, 92° 48' 20.8224" W

Northland Fat Bike Rally

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The first 1k of the Northland Fat Bike Rally on Lake Bemidji

Cory Boushee of the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers (BAMB) had a busy day on Sunday, March 1, but to him it was all worth it. 53 cyclists, 7 women and 46 men, travelled from as far away as North Dakota for some friendly 10k and 20k fatbike competition at Lake Bemidji State Park. The first ever Northland Fat Bike Rally was part of a DNR pilot program to gauge interest in fatbike use in Minnesota state parks. For this one day, all hiking and skiing trails in the park were open to fatbikes.

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MN
United States
47° 32' 8.4804" N, 94° 49' 30.5184" W
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Out there Somewhere

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Flandrau State Park Camper Cabin and all of our gear

Carl's Corner lunch plate

Brown County Historical Society Museum

New Ulm bike trail

Domeier's ceiling full of ornaments

 

My wife Jen and I have long had a  dream of a ski trip to one of Minnesota's wonderful state parks.

We have visions of this happy place in the woods where two smiling people wearing red coats glide through the forest, effortlessly, on tracks pressed into freshly fallen, sparkling snow. They laugh as they duck around the bending branches and every so often they stop, reach into their backpacks, pull out a thermos and pour piping hot coffee into mugs.

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MN
United States
44° 17' 34.4148" N, 94° 28' 17.4756" W
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