I've lived in Minnesota for over ten years, sure, but that doesn't mean I've actually seen much of the state. Like most people, I know what I know, and I go where I go. And that's the extent of it. But once I resigned myself to the fact that I wasn't going to make it to Alaska this summer, it occurred to me that I had plenty of sites to explore in the immediate region.
First stop: Caledonia, Minnesota. Where's that? It's a small town in the southeast corner of the state. Before I opened my Rand McNally Road Atlas, I had never heard of it, and before I punched the town name into Trip Advisor, I didn't know if there was anything there worth visiting.
Distance from home: About 75 miles.
Challenge #1: Leaving by 6:30 a.m.
Challenge #2: Taking my dog, Atticus.
Actually, Atticus is a good dog on a road trip, but the forecast indicated that it was going to get into the 90s. I wanted to leave early in the …
goal of the political process should be to maintain and perpetuate the proper
status quo. If the liberal agenda has disturbed this, then the primary
objective should be to return things to the way they were.
Some time ago in the spring, I found out that David
Ellefson, bass player and co-founder of Megadeth, was rebranding the coffee
shop in Jackson, Minnesota. Every so often I would tell Linda that I planned to
drive over there to check it out, but the morning that I actually decided to
drive over there to check it out, I think I surprised her. I’m not sure she
thought I would ever do it. “What else are you going to do over there?” “Oh, that’s it. Just drive over there, order a cup
of coffee, and drive home.” I had checked out Jackson on Tripadvisor, and
honestly, Jackson seemed like it didn’t have much going on. My mind map of
southwestern Minnesota was mainly a blank. I knew that I-90 drove through, but I
thought perhaps the interstate was a metaphor: Beware ye who enter here, lest
ye be on your way to somewhere else. When I told Tavi we were driving two hours to visit
a coffee shop, the idea didn’t seem far-fetched to her. She only had one
question, “Do they serve hot cocoa?” I promised …