Category Archives: Outdoor Activities



Minnesota Starwatch: November 2017

In November, the Milky Way arches high across the mid-evening sky from east to west. At its eastern end, winter constellations Orion, the hunter; the Gemini twins; Taurus, the bull; and Auriga, the charioteer, enter the sky. At its western end, the Summer Triangle of bright stars Continue Reading...



Raising the Next Generation

A dog’s average gestation is 63 days, and so on a Monday in June, we made our dog Nancy a cozy spot to deliver her pups.

Nancy appeared to be in the early stages of labor. Her temperature had dropped, which is a sign that puppies are imminent. Twenty-four hours later, her temperature Continue Reading...



Minnesota Starwatch: October 2017

October is known for its clear, crisp weather, so let’s hope the pattern holds.

Mars joined Venus in the morning sky about a month ago. Mars is climbing as Earth starts to catch up to it in the orbital race, while Venus is slowly dropping as it gets ready to sail behind the sun. Continue Reading...



Minnesota Starwatch: September 2017

September opens with Venus hosting winter constellations in the eastern predawn sky. West of the planet, the bright star Procyon, in Canis Minor, the little dog, rises at almost the same time as Venus. About 40 minutes later, Sirius, the brightest of stars, rises even farther west in Canis Major, Continue Reading...