Yesterday we started a quest to complete a hike at all of Minnesota’s 75 state parks. There is a booklet you use to keep track, and you write down a secret word from a sign posted along a specific trail at each state park. You can even earn awards as you complete them.

Our first state park was Fort Snelling. After a 3-mile hike, we found the secret word and began our journey.

Kris @Alligator

Although I have many years of formal education, most of what I've learned has come from experimenting and trying to solve problems on my own. Once an idea for a project is set in my mind, it is all-consuming and one must learn everything possible about the subject on the way to the outcome. For learning is more than reading books and spoken word, it is hours of frustration, trial and error, and one sudden flash of insight when the world magically makes sense. It is during this moment when I am truely alive.