Trip #12 – Quick Cabin Getaway

This trip took place June 17th through June 19th, 2017.  Day 1; New Hope, MN to Shamineau Lake, MN: The past few Summers my parents have rented a cabin on a lake up North. My sister’s family has gone with them typically but my wife and I usually do our own thing for vacation. Since…

Fun with Maps 285&286

I recently found a blog post titled, “10 Rare Landmarks on the Map of Nigeria” and clicked on it expecting to see a big, beautiful map. I was, however, disappointed to find no map at all, just a list of places. The headline contains the word ‘map’ and everything so I’m not the crazy one…

Fun with Maps 247&248

Map 247 features every country’s most popular beer. The map was created by Vinepair. They don’t share their sources but I have to assume they did exhaustive research into a subject that a lot of people care much about (and their website sells alcohol so I think they know a bit about the subject). I…

Fun with Maps 243&244

Map 243 is of a college campus. I really like campuses, both educational and corporate. The way large organizations group buildings is incredibly interesting to me. Some campuses are designed and built from the ground up while some form from existing structures in cities. This particular urban campus, that of the University of Tampa, is…

Trip #11 – Wedding in Cross Lake, MN

This trip took place on May 20th and 21st, 2017.  Day 1; New Hope, MN to Crosslake, MN: My cousin, Todd, was getting married. He’s only three months younger than me so we played together at all family gatherings. His fiancée, Brooke, is a teacher and they’re both big hockey fans. Their wedding was on…

Fun with Maps 227&228

Football Edition! Football season is back! I’m quite excited, even if the National Football League arrives around the same time as colder weather, the school year, and an over-abundance of pumpkin spice (the one with snow bothers me a hell of a lot more than the others). Although the NFL isn’t perfect (racial issues, players committing…

Fun with Maps 201&202

    Map 201 is extremely serious. It shows the location of the top ten restaurant tacos in Minnesota. Yes, tacos are serious business and don’t you ever forget it! I found these super scientific rankings (read: one writer’s opinion) here. That writer, Trent Jonas, presumably sampled many delicious tacos before creating this list but he…