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Up North Excursions Day Trips explore and support arts, music, history, and nature in the Northland
 Life-long learning and community building. 
Come on your own or with a friend or two. 
In 2018, eleven trips were held and raised over $3500 for Northland arts/music/history/nature events and places. 

I would love for every trip to be a go.  The Pella Tulip Fest/Amana Colonies trip has been canceled due to not reaching the minimum needed for the trip.  If you are interested in a trip, please let me know.  The sooner the better.  I'll let you know if there is space and the status of the trip. 

Thank you to The Senior Reporter magazine for the article in the April issue. 

Where do we meet?  For most trips, Perkins West is the start location.  

I hope to have you join me on a future trip! 

Wendy Grethen
Your host
Offering day trips since 2016
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Upcoming Trips  2019 
Please register early and check with Wendy if there are seats available.
A minimum is needed by the deadline for a trip to go.

June 1 Bayfield in Bloom
We'll explore multiple gardens in and around Bayfield.  Welcome spring and the colors coming up from the ground. Box lunch included.
Leave Perkins West at 8:30 a.m.
Return 4:30 p.m.
Please register by May 8
Seats available- 16 as of 4/19/2019

June 8 - Nisswa Stamman

Scandinavian Folk Music Festival
This festival is celebrating 20 years.  It has multiple stages of top musicians from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the U.S.  There's a dance hall and an activity area plus Scandinavian food to purchase.  
$76  Admission to festival included.  Lunch not included.  We'll have about 4 hours at the event. 
Depart Perkins West at 9:30 a.m.
Return at 6:30 p.m.
Seats available - 19 as of 4/19/2019

June 11 - Lumberjack show
Watch skilled lumberjack folks compete in an entertaining program in Hayward.  We'll also have a bit of time to stroll through town.  Lunch is not included.  The entry to the lumberjack show is included.
Depart from Perkins West at 8:30 a.m.
Return 5:30 p.m.
Please register by May 20.
Seats available - 17 as of 4/19/2019

June 16 - Land of the Loon Arts Fest

This popular Iron Range arts festival is fun to stroll in the park, eat fair food,  talk with artists, and shop for amazing unique items.
Depart from Perkins West at 9:15 a.m.
Return at 4:15 p.m.  
Register by May 25
Seats available- 19 as of 4/19

Aug 22 - Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota's Great Get-Together.  Booths, rides, food. exhibits, animals, people.  Let's go.  You won't need to mess with parking. Entry included.
Depart from Perkins West at 8 a.m.
Return 7 p.m.
Please register by Aug 10.
Plenty of seats available (20+) as of 4/19    Sign up today! 

Sept 20-22 - Weekend - Wisconsin Dells
House on the Rock, Duck Boat, Tomah Amish, WI
- 2 nights

We will stay in the Dells for two nights. We will eat at the Paul Bunyan Buffet, go to Spring Green for the Deluxe Tour of House on the Rock, go on a scenic duck boat ride.  We will also stop in Tomah in the Amish area.  All of these are included! 
$695 per person double occupancy.
$785 for single room.
Depart Perkins West at 7:30 a.m. Sept 20
Return Sunday at 7 p.m.
Please register by Aug 18.
Yes - seats available. 18  spots open as of 4/19  Come on this fun weekend.  Please note the deadline. 

Oct 6 - Bayfield Apple Fest
A favorite fall event.  Eat all kinds of apple creations. See another park of Lake Superior.  Fall tree colors.  We also will stop at a farm or two. 
Leave Perkins West at 8:15 a.m.
Return 4:15 p.m.
Please register by Sept 15.   
This trip will likely sell out fast.  We have done this trip before but by request it is offered again.
Yes Seats available as of 4/19.  18 seats. 
Call me at 525-5098 or email me at wendyupnorth@yahoo.com and I will hold a spot up until a week before the deadline.  I'll put you on the list if you are DEFINITELY interested. 

Oct 19 - Sunset with Sandhill Cranes  
Crex Meadows in Grantsburg
During the fall ( and spring) some birds are on the move crossing thousands of miles.  Sandhill Cranes come down from Canada on their way to Florida for the winter. About 8,000+ cranes are usually visable flying in from all directions where they ate in the farm fields by day and rest in safety at night.  It's a noisy and special experience. We will stop at a restaurant in Hinckly on the way (meal not included). 
Leave Perkins at 3 p.m.
Return about 9:30 p.m.
Plese register by Oct 1.
Yes  Seats available.  20 seats open as of 4/19

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Recent trips were to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater - Feb 6, Minneapolis Institute of Art/Como Park Conservatory Dec 29, and Bayfield's Rittenhoue Wassail Concert lunch Dec 9. We went to the Minnesota Zoo in October, Stone Lake Crannberry Fest Oct 6, to Ely to the Dorothy Molter Museum and North American Bear Center on Sept 15 and to the MN Landscape Arboretum on Sept 21.