My other goal was to see more of MN outside the metro area. I'm still working on that, but did manage to spend a little time in Stillwater, Afton, Hastings, Bayfield and Duluth.
It was a good year for plays and music at the Bloomington Theater, Cedar Cultural Center and the Dakota Jazz Club (my first time ever at the latter two). I visited each of the major art centers to see exhibits of Bob Dylan, Georgia O'Keefe and Frida Kahlo. And it's never a bad year for movies! I saw more than usual by signing up for every free ticket offer that came to my email box. Can't forget food...Mom, D&K and I went to a fun meal-making session at our local Sociale Gourmet and came away with many delicious fresh-to-freezer meals
Although it was another too-hot summer (for me), C and I biked on several paved paths around town, logging at least 15 miles each time. One route took us from Minnehaha Falls to Fort Snelling, across the Mendota Bridge and through Crosby Farm Park (into the cool forest).
On a serious note, the collapse of the I35W bridge over the Mississippi and the storm that knocked down Mom's 40-yr-old tree had us counting our blessings. With the flooding south of us, it was a scary year for Minnesota.
P.S. - I'm not sure why there's too much space between some of the lines above. It's not by choice and I have yet to find a fix.