Throwback to March 2019

I took these pictures of Shepard Road, and Raspberry Island three years ago today on March 31, 2019.  We won’t be seeing floods like that this year but with all the rain and snow we have been getting we may see an end to last year’s drought.  The river is still low but it has at least risen to the point where it looks normal again.

Shepard Road flooded
Shepard Road, the Wabasha Street bridge and the Mississippi River
Raspberry Island
The Mississippi River in 2019 covers part of Raspberry Island

The winter carnival reminds me of the before time

Winter carnival parade
Winter carnival grand day parade

It was wonderful to get outside over the weekend and attend some winter carnival events. The grand day parade was a little shorter than usual and there were no horses or marching bands which is pretty unusual for a parade. There were Vulcans and King Boreus was there too.

The weather was lovely over the weekend with temperatures soaring into the teens and twenties above zero.

There are ice sculptures in Rive Park too. It was a bit too crowded to get any decent pictures. I should be able to get some photos this week and am confident that they won’t melt anytime soon.

It was wonderful to see so many people in the park enjoying live music, food, and ice sculptures.

Happy July 4th 2021

The Pioneer Press got it wrong. St. Paul did not cancel public fireworks. There hasn’t been any kind of city-sponsored public fireworks here since 2014. There will be fireworks after the Saints game at the ballpark in Lowertown.  Those fireworks will be seen by ticket holders and those who live in the building surrounding the park.

Minneapolis has public fireworks over the river where everyone can see them but canceled this year because of the drought.

Fireworks are illegal in Minnesota and we have strict laws. Anything that explodes or flies is illegal, but the laws are not enforced.

Keep your hose handy this weekend.

Here are some pictures from 2014 and 2013. Both fireworks displays were sponsored by the city and held in locations where they could be seen for free and were visible for miles.

Minnesota State Capital – July 4th 2014


fireworks 2013 St. Paul, MN


Gargoyles and stairways

collage 2 pictures stairway and gargoyle
Stairway and gargoyles

Walking is the best way to really see a city. The stairway in the top photo is partly hidden and one of several stairways that go up to Summit Avenue. The gargoyle is also one of many that can be found on or near historic houses in the Summit Hill and Crocus Hill neighborhoods.

I have used some of the stairways. It is more fun to go down than it is to go up.