Gallery and Trip Reports
Thank you to all 2019 trip attendees.  

A holiday season special time at Rittenhouse was held in December.  Older time singing, lessons about the olden days, delicious meal in an historic setting - a time to experience holiday spirit and company.

We had 2 October trips  - an outdoor one to view migrating sandhill cranes at a staging area refuge and also did a trip to Bayfield Apple Fest with a farm visit.  This was the 2nd trip to Apple Fest.  November trips were to the Bemidji Community Theater to see their production of Annie and to the Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.  

This year was the first year to the MN State Fair.  The trip filled and had a waiting list.  Next year I will go with the larger bus.  We went on opening day and had 5 hours at the fair.  On the ride back up to Duluth I asked people to write down a food item they tried at the fair.  It was quite a list of a mix of items.  We didn't put the calorie count to the items. 

In June 2019 we went on 3 day trips:
Bayfield in Bloom - touring over 15 beautiful gardens and enjoying apple blossoms
Hayward to the Lumberjack Show
Land of the Loon Arts Festival in Virginia

By request - winter trips were offered.  We went to the Wassail Rittenhouse concert and the Minneapolis Institute of Art Egypt's Sunken Cities exhibit and Como Park Conservatory in Dec 2018 and to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Feb 2019 to see Holiday Inn.  That trip was the 20th trip! 


We went to Ely to the Dorothy Molter Museum and North American Bear Center and to Chanhassen to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the applehouse - birthplace of HoneyCrisp (and other kinds of ) apples. Also, went to the MN Landscape Arboretum where an Origami exhibit was going on and to the Apple House.  October trips were to the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival with an optional Marsh tour and finally to the Minnesota Zoo.  Wow - that zoo has aquariums, large areas for animal outdoors, large multi-exhibit indoor area and even a bird show.

Photos are posted on the Up North Excursions Facebook page.

The 5 trips this spring (2018) were to a bakery hop in WI and Delta Diner stop, Festival of Nations trip, Scandinavian folk music festival trip to Nisswa, Big Top Chautauqua trip, and we went to see West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. 


Sept 2017

On Sept 10 a group of 7 went to the Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair.  Booths lined the streets and avenues of Little Falls.  Most vendors were from Minnesota and Wisconsin but some traveled further.  Outdoor art, seasonal decor, pottery, jewelry, wood items, sewn items, lawn dice, bubbles, games, and more.  My favorite booth was one that had artwork made from bits of newpaper and used the colors of the newspaper pictures to color his 'painted' creations of birds, trees, and cats.

August 2017

A group of 7 went to the Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island in St. Paul.  Music on multiple stages and periodic parades with more music.  Dogs, sheep, celtic sports, clothings, dance, Irish food and beverages.  Fun cultural day.


See the Up North Excursion Facebook page for photos and new announcements.

July 2017 
The trip to the Ely Blueberry Festival did not make.  I really do wish these trips would make with a full bus or at least reach the minimum of 12. 

June 2017

Unfortunately, the Naniboujou Afternoon Tea and the trip to the Capitol and James J. Hill house for tours were cancelled due to insufficient trip registrations.  A minimum of 12 people is required 2 weeks prior to the trip for a trip to make.  I would LOVE to go on the listed trips and hope the rest of the trips make!   The Ely Blueberry Fest and St. Croix River cruise trips did not make either.  Two more trips are available - Irish Fair in St. Paul and Little Falls Arts Fair - its a big one. 

On May 21, 2017 eleven of us went to the Church Basement Ladies funny performance at the Plymouth Theater.  The drizzly day put sunshine in our soul with good ol' humor.  We had seats in the center section in the 3rd & 4th row in the sold out final performance of Rise Up, O Men.  Fun stuff. 

On Oct 9, 2016 a group of 11 went over to the Bayfield Apple Fest.  Nice fall day.  Plenty of apple treats and booths like the state fair.  A mix of vendors lined block after block in the small community.  We made a stop at a local orchard as a later in the day activity-  apples, wine, and more goodies.  We made it back to Duluth by 4:30 p.m.  Thanks to new attendees and returning attendees.  

On Sept 25 a group of 12 made our way down to the MN Renaissance Festival.  The crowds were lighter and there were times of rains and plenty of puddles.  The wetness didn't stop the fun.  There were shows, little shops, food, ruckus, customes, fun activities, and a special time at this interesting place bringing back old-times.  

The August 11 trip was a fine time learning about the American hero, Charles Lindbergh and visting the home in Little Falls where he lived during his boyhood. The site is a Minnesota Historic Site. He helped his mom with the chores of chopping wood or bringing ice blocks in for the ice box and they enjoyed time with her playing the piano. He had a special hiding spot in the wall that he made for his toys.  He wasn't a fan of school and with the war was able to stop high school and do farming full time to help supply food.  The visitor center had exhibits including a mockup of the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis, more items from his life, and news articles, such as the tragic kidknapping of his son.  This trip went south after that stop and out to the St. John's Abbey church.  It was a massive space made of concrete and granite with interesting windows and doors.  The bells and the light coming through the windows were almost spiritual.  A brother monk came over and answered questions and then we visited their gift shop with items made by the monks - candles, statues, wood items, candles, music, and bread.  We then went on to the Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud.  The shady gardens along the Mississippi were peaceful and comforting with the tall pines and flowers below.  The upper formal gardens were pleasant and had a variety of plants and shrubs, and fountains - and bunnies.  It was an enjoyable day with all 13 of us exploring the Northland. 

On July 28 we had great weather to shop on the main street of Hayward.  People visited the old-time candy store where chocolates were being  made and they had fresh peanut brittle, old-fashioned candies, and taffy in many flavors.  We then drove through the country roads to the Museum of Woodcarving in Shell Lake.  The carvings were full human-size carvings with many being biblical scenes.  The evening concluded with dinner in Siren and then the outdoor concert in the park by Crooked Lake.  No mosquitoes.  Nice music. The group size was only 5 but we had a fine time making it to all the places.

On July 14  - the first Up North Excursion - 8 people were on the trip and we went to beautiful Bayfield.  On the way we stopped at White Winter Winery and tasted their flavor of the day.  In Bayfield, flowers were abundant, cute houses surround the main streets, boats are parked and some are out on the water, and we can view some of the Apostle Island.  People shopped in the stores and grabbed a bite to eat - white fish was a specialty.  We headed over to the Big Top Chautauqua show for their evening performance of Keeper of the Light filled with stories and songs of the lighthouse keepers of the Apostle Islands.  The show received a standing ovation at the end.   Thank you to those who attended this first trip!  For over half the people it was their first time to the big canvas tent where so many nice programs and concerts are held.  It's the 20th anniversary of the Big Top and it's relatively close to Duluth.  Glad we could go there together.