Adventures Minnesota Travel

Ballin’ with Darwin: World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Welcome to Darwin, Minnesota, and its famed giant twine ball, a testament to Francis Johnson’s eccentric dedication. Fashioned over 29 years, the 12-foot, 17,400 lbs twine ball is an iconic Minnesota roadside attraction.

Although the adjacent museum’s erratic hours were a mild letdown, the journey through Minnesota’s rural landscapes to this quirky landmark proved worth it. (Photos)

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Adventures Travel

She Blinded Me with Science – Eclipsing

Woke up at 5 AM to reach Lake Placid for the Total Solar Eclipse, avoiding traffic for a good parking spot. Spent the day enjoying the town, checking out all the events they had going on, and shopping before the eclipse.

Despite the long, eventful day, I chose Lake Placid over Buffalo, enduring the same 6-hour drive home without stops though. (Photos)

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Hockey Sporting Events

Bladed Ice Things: World Cup Bobsledding and ECAC Hockey Championship

With snow still coming cold and heavy, I extended my original 24-hour Lake Placid hockey adventure for an additional night. Departing after the 5 PM Championship game now seemed ill-advised.

So after breakfast, I decided to head to Mt. Van Hoevenberg where a World Cup Bobsledding event was happening. The perks of being in an Olympic town, there are always some winter activities going on. (Photos)

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