Dax and Zippa: Inspired by Minnesota

I grew up in this neck of the woods, so Minnesota is very familiar to me… but it might not be as familiar to you. Here are some photos I have taken that remind me a lot of Wallapazoo. Click any picture to see it bigger.

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There’s lots of space in rural Minnesota. This photo reminds me a ton of my childhood.
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Pelican Rapids was the inspiration for Soda Falls Park. It’s one of the 1st places I ever fished.
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Soda river would be slow and lazy like this–aside from when the snow is melting or the falls.
MinnesotaDowntown Fargo is a bigger version of downtown.
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You’re not going to have a summer in Wallapazoo without a parade.
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The grey squirrels are so much fun to watch. They also get up to trouble like Zippa.
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This windstorm was the inspiration for The Great Wind Storm. The wind actually split this tree. Uff da!
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The same storm took these trees down completely.
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If you’ve never been to Minnesota, this is what summer looks like. Lots of water, green, and flowers.
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I’m always excited to pick apples from my apple tree. I hope to do a “harvest” book someday with Dax. He has an apple tree.
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There are so many leaves to rakes, which means big piles to jump in!
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Lefse (bottom right corner) is a town favorite. Mr. Zickerton sells out frequently.
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When it’s -40F degrees, you can hammer a nail with a frozen banana. I chose to eat this one instead.
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Big snows are so pretty when they stick to the trees.
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Those are fishing huts on frozen ice… in the middle of a lake.
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There are no doubts about winter once the lake finally freezes over.
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There’s no use for patio furniture in the winter.
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You gotta get out in winter. Beautiful morning trek. Garbageman Roberts would go for a walk every morning when he wakes up.
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Once the ice thaws again, there’s nothing stopping you from boating.
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It’s exciting to see color after 4 months of white. That’s why Mrs. Grinlin plants so many flowers.