Monday, July 31, 2017

Crayola Experience

Just a fun little video of one of the things you can do at the Crayola Experience at the Mall of American in Bloomington, MN. Read more about one of our trips to Crayola Experience.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Grand Canyon

Spend a minute at the Grand Canyon today, then plan a trip to spend a day or more there! This is the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We spent a day here on our trip that included a road trip of Death Valley, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Sedona & Phoenix. I will share more thoughts about the Grand Canyon in a later post on Save Green Being Green, but I wanted to give you a taste of it and see the video.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Two Hour Jeep Tour from A Day in the West

Here is a short clip while on our 2 Hour Jeep Tour called "The Little Rattler" through A Day in the West. The Tour got MUCH bumpier after this. It was a good tour to go on with our 7 & 11 year old kids and wasn't too scary.

Be sure to check out Groupon to get a discount on your Jeep Tours. We were very happy with this jeep tour, so I would recommend it, but there are other Jeep tour companies in Sedona list on Groupon.

I will post more about this tour in a post in August on Save Green Being Green. But this is the only place I am posting the video.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Birds at the Ocean in Costa Rica 2016

This was a video on my phone I don't think I every shared. It is just a nice calming and interesting video. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cuyuna Brewing Company

It's been a long time since I have posted on here. And doesn't mean I'm not traveling​, quite the contrary. We are still doing a fair amount of traveling plus exploring our local areas or wherever our life adventures bring us two. It's that I haven't been blogging very much this year. I do blogging for fun and don't get paid to do it so it often and take a back seat when life happens.
Anyways, this past weekend we found ourselves at Cuyuna Brewing Company. It is a new brewery in Crosby, MN. There is 2nd new brewery that we have to check out as well. Crosby is turning in to quite the destination for trail bike rides and Adventure biking as well as fishing, kayaking, and breweries.

My husband tried a flight of the 4 beers 🍺 currently available (there is a 5th they didn't have right then). He said they were good and really enjoyed the lager, but the alcohol content on that one (7%, usually 3-4%) snuck up on him. I had an Italian soda and played a board game with the kids.

The only food for sale there are bags of gourmet pretzels, but they have menus so you can order food from nearby restaurants that are quite close.

They have tables made of these spools, I had never seen one quite that large before. They also had fun coasters that doubled as new faces. Those were fun to play with. We are usually with our kids when we venture out, so it was nice that there was stuff for them to keep busy with.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day 2 (of 6) of the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna, MN

We just got home from the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna Minnesota. We spend 5 hours there today and are possibly going back this evening as a family.

I grew up going to our County Fair every year as part of 4-H but coming to this one here in Owatonna Minnesota is quite a change. The sphere is huge and the only larger Fair in Minnesota is the Minnesota State Fair.

The fair started yesterday and will go through Sunday so you have plenty of time to go check it out. Today we took my son and his friend and my daughter. After years of going to this fear I have a good idea of where the Cheap Eats are at this fair. I look for those boots and food carts every year to see if the price is the same or went up.

Here are some of the things we buy every year : $1 snow cones, $1 Dole Whip cones, $2 cotton candy on a stick ( no coupons for that this year like they have done in the past 😞), $2.50 corn dogs, $3 mini donuts ( it used to be $2 but then they try to up the price every year  and end up going back to $2 so we'll see what happens this year), $1 popcorn, $1 lollipops, and don't forget you can go to the information booth and get the coupons that appear in both newspapers. Those usually help bring the cost down or get you a free beverage with an entree.

There are tons of free things to do as well. There are 5 different stages with entertainment other than the grandstand the stage entertainment is free. It is always free to go look in all of the animal barns as well as the baby animal barn and the exotic animals zoo there.

You are too late to get the wristband that is good for the entire length of the fair for rides but if you go to their website you can learn about the days that have wristband deals. I bought my kids season passes to Valley Fair and we went there yesterday and we'll go again this weekend in lieu of going on Midway rides.

There is fun and free interactive things the kids can do at the fair as well. Every day at 1:30 there is a lumberjack camp and the kids get a free t-shirt for participating and get to try out log rolling and sawing logs. My kids look forward to this every year and we made sure to do it on the first day so they could get their wristbands and not have to wait to get signed in on other days. Today was the first day they offered this and there wasn't a ton of kids so they got to try log rolling a lot.

The other display that they can be interactive with his inside the art Exhibit building where the Owatonna Arts Center has a table set out for them to color. Outside that building is the national Taekwondo Institute where kids can and try out breaking boards and punching and cooking the dummy. There is also a ton of opportunities to see animals being shown by kids. Today we watched cattle being shown because one of my daughters friends was doing that. We also watch the Owatonna cheer program which featured three of my daughters friends.

We didn't have a chance to watch the pig races but we will get to that before the week is over. We also hope to watch the magic show and the human Cannonball. Both of those things are free as well as the pig races.

Also we like to go check out the tractors that are on display as well as two or some of the buildings in the village of yesteryear which offers free tours during the fair. There is also an auto museum and a fear Museum which are free to to her as well while you are there. There is also a group called enticing entertainment which appears to do some kind of fire juggling of some sort, we have not seen that yet so that might be something we try to check out as well.

So that is the lowdown on the Cheap Eats and the free entertainment and activities at the fair. You still have plenty of time to go check it out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

USS Blueback at OMSI, Portland, OR

This is a panoramic view the Tom McCall Waterfront, a couple of bridges in Portland and the USS Blueback submarine and the Willamette River in Portland Oregon.
It is under $7 a person to tour the submarine on an hour-long tour. I am not sure but you probably also have to pay the admission cost or have a museum pass get in as well. We used our science museum pass which gives us entry to a pretty huge network of science museums.
I have to admit I thought it was kind of stinky from the residual diesel smell. I can't imagine living on there and having a diesel smell that was 50 times stronger than that. Those men must not have been able to smell after a few days. The tour guide said they often didn't shower because they were putting dirty clothes back on anyways so it didn't matter. Lack of smell was probably a good thing in that case.

Before you go on the tour you have to go through a space that is the same size and shape as these doorways to make sure that you can go through the submarine.
I can't imagine what it would be like to be on an actual submarine in the water and not be able to see anything outside and completely relying on sonar. The store really made me appreciate the people who had Chosen and continue to choose to spend time on submarines.