Crossing the state line into Minnesota marks our 10th state on this tour and about 11 months living in a van. When we got here the heat was a major problem but as the weeks went on it got cooler and cooler and the more north we went, colder and colder. I love the way everything looks around here - the water, the trees, everything. I could easily see us coming up here once a year to spend some time. However, the bugs are crazy here, I've never seen so many bugs and so many different kinds. Lucky for us not everything bit, but damn did they like to sneak into our van during the day and come out to watch TV at night. I guess its all the standing water, which looks cool, but man oh man it makes for a crazy bug time. I don’t know if I could take the winters here, they just sound bad with way too much snow.
We stayed with some wonderful people in Minnesota and it all stemmed from a Facebook post an old co-worker made on our behalf. I am always surprised by how people are so open to the idea of us coming over and staying in their yards. Oh and he (our old co-worker) and his lovely wife just had twins!
The first place was with a girl he went to high school with (who also has twins - 7 year olds!) and had a nice spot cleared out under some tall trees which provided nice shade all day long. It was almost too perfect, like they knew we were coming years in advance. We got to speak to goats, ducks and chickens and best of all we parked right in the middle of the farm lands I have been drawing lately. And how appropriate was it to spend time with twins in Minnesota and talented twins too, these little kids were great, playing piano and cello...its always good to see kids picking up an art form, hope they stick with it and become famous (I want front seat tickets mind you) even if one kept pulling our plug outta the socket and that’s not good for the van.
Then we stayed with his parents which kept us full of wine and entertained. They had a great view of the Mighty Mississippi and had a beautiful yard with plenty of shade. They had a lot of bird feeders around so we got to see all kinds of birds. We had a great time there and got a lot of work done. Everyone kept telling us next year when you come back……..
With all the lakes, its people come off looking like coastal folks in their bathing suits and flip flops. Lots of runners too with great trails around the lakes and through many great looking forests. As much as I wouldn’t want to be here during the snowy times I would love to see how everything looks with snow around. Well, maybe not since all the half naked girls would be bundled up.
The shows we did were just alright, nothing spectacular, we did think we would have done a little better and I wish we had. Everything would have fallen into place had the show in Minneapolis and the one in Duluth been better. There is still a strong chance we might come back for more since both places have more shows to do but as you know everything is up in the air right now.