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May 23rd, 2006
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Minnesota trip planning help
I am going to Minneapolis for a wedding in the middle of June.  I would like to spend a few extra days in Minnesota (or maybe Wisconsin) on the way, but I'm not sure if I can afford it.  I'm looking for help in planning this trip, to figure out where I will go if I do go and how much it's gonna cost.  I am looking for nature -- light hiking, birdwatching, and photography opportunities -- and any big cat facilities I might be able to get to.  I'm not interested in city things or regular tourist traps.  If I go, I will visit some of the parks on the North Shore for sure, but I have no other definite plans.  If you have a favorite park or preserve that is not overrun with people but not too hard to get to, tell me about it.

I'm quite sure I can find things to do that will make me happy for a lot longer than I can spend in the area.  What I really need help with to make this happen is help finding places to stay that can keep my costs low, or at the very least, well-known in advance.  The perfect thing would be if I knew someone up in northern Minnesota who could let me stay for a while, but I don't think that's in the cards.  Failing that, if anyone knows of reasonably priced motels or maybe B&Bs, the kind of place you have to be told about because they don't advertise.  I really need to know how much a room for the night would cost, and either have some assurance that I can just drive up and find a place, or advice on where to make reservations.

If you yourself don't regularly travel up that way, but someone you know does, I'd be much obliged if you could ask them for their advice.

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From:markiv1111
Date:May 23rd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)

Minnesota wedding

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My first thought was that this was likely to be the same wedding I'm attending on Saturday, June 17, here in town. Then you started writing about northern Minnesota and the North Shore, and now I'm not so sure. "Light hiking" -- if and when you pass through the Twin Cities, it's really worth your while to stop off and see Minnehaha Falls. There are a number of trails around the falls, nothing that would constitute major hiking (which may disappoint you -- although you can get onto the paved trails down Minnehaha Creek easily enough) but they'll give you a chance to see the falls from every possible side and angle. And please give Louie and me a call (or an e-mail the previous day) as we'd like to see you.

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From:tigertoy
Date:May 23rd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Minnesota wedding

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It is the same wedding -- I don't meant to be cryptic but I'll keep the details private unless they specifically say it's OK to talk about it.

If I can make the trip longer than just the minimum for the wedding, I would love to spend an evening with you, but if I end up not taking an extended trip, I will probably be ride-sharing with Art, and he has to work Friday and Monday so my time in Minneapolis would be very limited.

I failed to mention it in the main post, but while I do have reservations at the Motel 6 for the wedding, if I could crash at someone's house that would be a better option for me. I need a room to myself, but (at least if I am driving myself) I can bring a cot so I don't need a bed.
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