I’m now sitting at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport waiting on a flight home to Ohio and typing up this last of four posts from a four-week (30 days, actually, but who’s counting?) research trip through Wisconsin and Minnesota. I’m still digesting the trip, which took me far afield from my Central European comfort zone to some beautiful small towns, lots of lakes and rivers, and a couple of major metropolises of the American Midwest. Along the way, I caught my share of downpours and blizzards and even, funnily enough, some beautiful sunshine on my last day on the road. Like the end of all long research trips, I’m happy to have this one behind me and, at the same time, a little sad that it’s over. Now comes the write-up part.
Once I’ve had a chance to process all of the experiences, I hope to come back with a more thoughtful post on what it’s like return to the United States as a travel writer or perhaps some helpful tips for anyone considering their own Great Lakes adventure. For the moment, though, I’ll simply share some of my favorite photos and flesh out the story a bit in the captions. This post covers the last week of the journey (in Minneapolis and St Paul). To see the trip in sequential order, click on the links for the first, second and third weeks.