The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV

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When visiting Las Vegas, it can be overwhelming deciding where to begin amongst the staggering number of things to experience. There are many different Vegases; some go to gamble, drink, and party; some go to sightsee, explore, and learn about the culture, some go for the food, some for the shows, and a good number of us love to find the offbeat, quirky stuff – of which there is A LOT.  So on a recent trip, one of the absolute first things I wanted to see was the Neon Museum, found just north of the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Continue reading

Rusty Stagecoach Robbery, Monticello, MN

IMG_4680Most travelers motoring along I-94 northwest of Minneapolis have likely noticed something new along the landscape in the past couple of years.  A rusty, metal stagecoach pulled by a team of horses appears to be under attack by two bandits on horseback. A dog and a strongbox sit atop the stagecoach as the driver avoids capture and the other Pinkerton fires back. The scene of the crime takes place on the property of Keith Yaeger, a local resident with a fondness for the Southwest. Continue reading

Cross Rocks at the Blanchard Dam, Royalton, MN

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There are very few places in the world where “cross rocks,” also known as “fairy crosses” or “fairy stones” are found. The only known places are certain parts of Georgia, Virginia, New Mexico, Idaho, and across the pond in regions of both Switzerland and Norway. And wouldn’t you know it, we also have them right here in Minnesota.  Cross rocks, technically known as staurolite, are found near the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River near Royalton, just northwest of St. Cloud. Continue reading

World’s Largest Sugar Beet, Halstad, MN

It feels like forever since a new Minnesota roadside attraction has popped up on the radar, but this spring a few new ones have surfaced, including this beauty – the brand new, state of the art, World’s Largest Sugar Beet.  It is found in the heart of Minnesota’s Red River Valley of the North, in tiny Halstad- about a half hour north of Moorhead. BISI3504 Continue reading

The Victorian City of Cape May, NJ

CM4 A recent vacation led us to the Garden State and a couple of days in the southernmost city in New Jersey, the seaside resort town of Cape May.  Most East-Coasters know of this gem of a city as a popular summer vacation spot on the Jersey Shore but many of us back in the Midwest likely haven’t heard of it.  Far removed from the madness of the iconic Jersey Shore boardwalks and tourist traps, Cape May hails itself as “America’s Oldest Seaside Resort Town,”  and is home to the second-largest collection of Victorian homes in the US after San Francisco. Continue reading