minnehaha falls
Photo by Rebecca Silus for the Field Office

You can’t believe how many things there are to do outside in the winter in Minneapolis and St Paul. Despite freezing temperatures, people go nuts for getting outside. And it makes sense—cabin fever is real! Once you’ve been cooped up inside because of dangerous temperatures (-25F/-32C anyone?—and that isn’t the windchill, which made it feel -40F), even 10F feels okay.

We attended the Minneapolis Instameet in January at Minnehaha Falls, the waterfall located in the city of Minneapolis. Most of the people in the photo are not part of the Instameet—just there to check out the frozen waterfall, which really is a sight to behold.

The Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles

Luminary Loppet
Photo by Gina Reis for MPR

Unfortunately, we missed the Luminary Loppet last weekend—an evening cross country ski race on the frozen lake that is lit by lanterns. Beautiful.

St Paul Winter Carnival

medallion hunt
Photo by Ben Garvin for the Pioneer Press

The St Paul Winter carnival is off the hook—torchlight parades, races, ice carving and ice castles. Most intriguing to me is the medallion hunt, in which the local paper releases clues to the medallion’s location. Participants dig through the snow in the city’s parks (often all night with headlamps on), looking for the medallion.

Art Shanty Project

Art Shanties
Photo via artshanties.com

Hopefully we’ll get out to the art shanties on White Bear Lake this weekend, where a group of artists build interactive projects on the middle of the lake.