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In and around Mankato …

During our recent trip to decorate graves, we spent some time wandering around Mankato. My husband lived there for a few years as a child. We lived there for a short time early in our life together; our oldest child was born there – after a police escort to the hospital because someone – not the baby and not the mom – was in a hurry.

Below you will find some random photos – some that relate to childhood memories and some that we just found interesting. It’s a bit of an eclectic collection.

This is one of Jim’s childhood homes. We visit it every year when we decorate graves. This year, as I was taking this picture out of the window of our van, I saw a person taking a picture of me out of the far left window in the house. Jim then went up to the door to explain why we were taking a picture. The person would not open the door – but talked through the door and said it was okay. He then promptly shut the door. For all of you photographers, this is just an example of what you may find when you are taking photos.
This is Tourtelotte Park, located near the childhood home. There were lots of stories being shared in the car about this park – and especially the fun in the swimming pool.
This is Franklin School. Jim’s brother Ron went to this school. He is very proud of that.
This is a scene coming across a bridge into Mankato.
These are the stairs going up the hill in Sibley Park. My husband remembers them well. Luckily for me, I don’t think I ever climbed them.
This is the pavillion on the hill at Sibley Park. The upper area of the park is more natural with most of the areas not mowed. There are lots of trees and beautiful views.
On the top of the hill at Sibley Park.
The Ott Cabin at Sibley Park
We did not get out and walk so we only saw these calfs at the park – on the street level. There are more animals to see as well as a fun playground.
A beautiful church in Mankato.
I’m not sure what this building is – but it certainly has a grand presence. (Mankato)
Isn’t this fun?! Much better than a plain utility box. (Mankato)

I hope you enjoyed this mini-tour of Mankato. I’ll be back soon with more day trip photos.

Thanks for reading. I hope you return.

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