Our favorite things to do in Fall


Fall happens to be my favorite season of the year, but not for any particular reason. I know that the weather starts to get cooler and the days start to get shorter, but for some reason I love it. When the weather starts gets cooler here in Minnesota, there is always things that we find to do. I guess I just find that I get out more in Fall than in other seasons. I find that in Summer it is too hot and winter is too cold to do all the outdoor things I love. And spring, well… I have allergies in Spring. Here is my list of things I love to do in Fall.

Tree felling

Tree felling is one of our favorite things to do in Fall, and it almost makes sense to see the trees fall in fall. The love of wood chopping was inherited to me from my father so it runs deep in my blood. Whether we are using an axe of a chainsaw, its just great fun. We found that bestchainsawsandthings.com list some of the best chainsaw brands to help you find one. Make sure you have the proper certification before attempting this in your own state/county. It is also worth reading about how to do this safely. There is an art to tree felling to ensure you get the best cut.


Ahh. Fishing. One of the great pass times. We have our own boat that we have had for years. It is noisy but it runs well and gets us to where we need to go. There is a lake near Pulley’s house that we have been going to for years. With a couple of beers to warm us up, some good rods and a radio, we can have a great time all day. There is also some great fish to catch in the area, and even when we don’t catch anything we still enjoy our time on the lake.

Open mic nights

Now, I can admit I am not much of a singer. That is one thing I openly admit defeat to. But Pulley has great vocals, and whether he sings or not, we always enjoy going along to an open mic night at one of our local clubs. The talent can range from pretty average to outstanding, but half the time this isn’t the point. It’s just a great place to relax, eat, listen and enjoy the company of friends. We get our inspiration from Yelp, and try to go somewhere new every week.

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Best places to play Golf in Minnesota


We are lucky to have a great range of places to play golf here in Minnesota. Most of these places offer 18 hole courses, and many offer over that, which just shows what a great amount of open space we have here. There are also a few smaller golf courses that we enjoy to play at for a quick game (and because they are near home).

One thing I will always love about Minnesota is the nature. Mother nature has been kind of Minnesota. Many of our golf courses are surrounded by lakes, nature trails and hills. This can mean a challenging game of golf awaits! But it also shows how diverse the landscape is here, and I guess that’s why we often end up playing a game of golf to end the day when our intention was never to play golf at all! We have that flexibility here.

What follows are what we believe to be the best golf courses in Minnesota. Although they are spread out over the state, Minnesota is a state that is well within traveling distance (in our perspective anyway). So get your clubs, bring a rangefinder (you can find a great rangefinder at https://www.golfrangefinderspro.com/) and get ready to play!

  • Minnesota National Golf Course

Perhaps the best in Minnesota, the National Golf Course is huge! It has 27 holes and stretches out over 600 acres. The setting is beautiful and there is always people around. The golf course also features 18 holes of a more challenging Championship course. I have attended a few functions here, and one of my good friends even held their wedding here.

  • Superior National Golf Course

    On some of the most beautiful land that Minnesota has, this golf course is popular among all golfers in Minnesota and features 3 of the best 9 hole courses around. About a 2.5 hour drive from the Twin Cities, this golf course is worth a day trip too if you are ever in the area!

  • Cragun’s Resort and Legacy Courses at Cragun’s

    Cragun’s Resort is where we go when we want a 5 star experience! This resort is amazing and makes for the perfect relaxing getaway with our families. Set out over a huge 45 holes (including Bobby’s Legacy and Dutch Legacy Championship courses), the resort also features a pool, dining and kids club. It makes for a beautiful and relaxing weekend.

  • Albion Ridges Golf Course

    Although not a new course, the golf course has experienced changes over the last few years and has become a great 27 hole course. The course has a great atmosphere, the staff are friendly and there is an emphasis on the traditional social atmosphere that golf offers. It can also be a great introduction for new players, and I often bring my son along. It’s close to home too, which helps!

  • Hoyt Lakes Country Club

    With a traditional energy of a country club, the Hoyt Lakes Country Club offers more than just golf. The course itself it wonderful, with a challenging 8 hole, par 36 golf course. But the club definitely offers more than this. Surrounded by lakes and beautiful scenery, there is a nearby fishing and bike riding tracks that offer a great escape. This is usually the reason we head up this way, golf is just an extra!

  • Silver Bay Golf Course

    Silver Bay Golf Course may not be on everyone’s list, but it is on mine! It has been a favorite of my families for a while now and for no particular reason. We just feel comfortable there. The golf course is not anything special, there is a 9 hole course with a driving range. There is also a great shop where you can pick up some accessories and sandwich bar where you can fit in lunch. The price is low and they offer cart rental. Other than that, I guess it just shows that the golf course does not have to be perfect to be loved.

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The best country vacation spots around the USA


I think when God thought up the USA he designed it with taking road trips in mind. We have a fantastic stretch of country here that must be taken advantage of! So many of the best places to take a road trip in the USA are underused. Although this may not be good for tourism, it’s good for us because it means more room for us!

We had a think about the road trips we have taken over the years, especially during our years at college, and we narrowed it down our favorite destinations.

Sedona, Arizona

We took a dive here in about 2010. It was just far enough from a major center to feel isolated but not far enough to make you feel alone. I really loved it. The landscape reminded me of what Mars would be like. We actually went here for a festival and found that there were many people around. This is probably why we enjoyed it so much.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Not too far from home, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is beautiful. It is what I would expect from a town centered around the water. I had read many times about the beauty of this place but could not grasp it until I saw it myself. Just last year, my wife and I headed that way for a weekend alone. It was well worth it!

Glacier National Park, Montana

For the lovers of outdoors Glacier National Park is like heaven. The park features a snowy mountainside with a lake, and plenty of walking tracks nearby. The learning center was also a great place to pick up on some local knowledge. This was a trip between Pulley and I that we took in college. We headed back there a couple of years ago, and all that had changed was our energy levels!

Falmouth, Massachusetts

If you want one of the USA’s best country coastal towns Falmouth is at the top of my list. The town is great because of its art scene, and it has many local galleries and fairs held that show  local favorites. We stayed a night here on our way to New York, and it turned out to make for a wonderful stay and so we stayed on the way back too.

Pikeville, Kentucky

Definitely not the best known, but with some of the best drives I’ve taken. Pikeville is beautiful, with a windy mountain drive, some beautiful architecture and a small country feel. They often have local fairs and markets held here, with the farmers market offering some of the freshest produce in the country.

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The days of college…


It is fair to say that Daniel (who will now be referred to as “Pulley”) and I got up to a fair bit of trouble in college. Although our naturally competitive nature meant that we studied pretty hard, we also played hard.

Pulley was completing a degree in Architecture and I was following my passion and completing a degree of Arts (even though that isn’t what my future led to). Obviously these courses were pretty full on, but we were lucky enough to be studying close to home and so did not have to live on campus. Half way through our college years though, we decided we wanted some independence and decided to move out together. This is where our troubles began.

Although we have similar interests, we have different personalities that just happen to clash when we lived together. Pulley is a classic prankster that would put saran wrap on the toilet and sirarcha in my coffee. I was slightly more creative.

One time when Pulley was out for the day, I saw my opportunity for fun. I invited my other buddy over and we dressed him up to look like something out of Freddy Cugar and he hid in his bed. I couldn’t wait for this.

I hid when Pulley got home as he went to enter his bedroom, trying to hide my laughter. I could hear him say “hello” to the thing in his bed…. This is where the trouble began. He pulled back the sheets to reveal what I guess hid mind made out to be a dead body (which was my aim). He let out a squeal (I wouldn’t call it a scream) and dialled 911. Shit! How do I explain this one.

Luckily I was able to run to him in time to grab the phone and explain the situation. Confused and irritated, the operator finally understood and I diffused the situation. But calming Pulley down was another story. He didn’t understand anything and could hardly eat the rest of the day. I guess I pushed my limit. I think I may have damaged him psychologically forever.

Anyway, at least I taught him a valuable lesson. From that day onward I never received a hot sauce coffee again.

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We’re Back!


Hey everybody. We have finally put our site back up. It’s been so long that it’s simply terrible. The good news is, we’ve been working on a lot of amazing projects (amazing because I’ve been given the opportunity to work on them, not necessarily because I’m involved with them).

We have a bunch of stuff to update everyone on. So much has happened since the last time we posted anything. It is just crazy how much life can change in a short space of time.

Firstly, I’ll start with myself. My wife is expecting another baby. Yup, baby number 3. I guess it is normal to feel mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited about becoming a dad again but I guess I worry about how we will manage! Anyway, we will find a way. My wife has been reading up on www.parenting.com so I guess that means we will be fine. I am lucky that my parents have decided to move closer to us so that they can watch the kids at times. Other than that, life has been pretty much the same. Work has been crazy and I’ve been given more responsibility with no pay rise. I have also been practicing super hard on the piano, and I am hoping to ace my next exam.

Pulley is doing well. He is still looking for a new house. His dad has not been well so he has had to take a bit of time off work to take care of him. He is getting better quickly though and I have no doubt he will be up and ready to get outside again. I am hoping that their family will move closer to us so that we can have our own community.

We have also began to plan a joint family vacation. This will be a first for us, but it is something we have wanted to do for a while. I am thinking of somewhere in Canada, but I have never been and need to read up a bit more. It is crazy how you can live so close to somewhere your entire life and yet know nothing about it! We were inspired after reading this article on Trip Advisor.

That is about it for now. I’m writing this early in the morning. I’ve been getting up and moving after watching a video about how to stop kidding yourself. I think it worked.

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