|Fibonacci Wannabe III by Nam Lee - my favorite at Franconia|
|Quill and Sword by Art Videen - a more traditional piece|
|Closeup of Imprint by Sarah Langsam - this is set into the ground|
|Parade by Mike Rathbun - this was a huge piece - 40 feet high|
|Rocco by Amy Toscani - this one moved in the wind and reminded me first of a carnival ride and later of an alien ship|
|Sapling by Kevin Dartt - I would have like to see this one at night since the bud is a solar light|
My next stop was New Ulm, MN. Since I live in a tourist area, it was interesting to see another tourist town during the off season. It was quiet,but I bet the streets are brimming with people in summer and fall. The statute of Herman the German was in a wonderful little park at the top of the hill. The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame didn't hold my interest for long - an uneven representation of musical genres as well as a lack of organization in the displays made it hard to concentrate. The Brown County Historical Society had a much better museum across the street with a great exhibit upstairs on the Dakota Uprising of 1862 - I particularly liked the video presentation in the corner. And, the glockenspiel was interesting ... and loud! ... I expected something different, but it definitely adds some zest to the town.
|Glockenspiel in New Ulm|
|Herman the German|
|Brown County Historical Museum in New Ulm - the former post office building|
|Betsy's house (childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace)|
|Tacy's house (Maud's best friend's home - 11 people lived in this small house!)|
I had some other great experiences on my vacation as well - meeting my new grand niece for the first time, some big city shopping, and playing with baby kittens. I still have unexplored places in Minnesota left on my list though, so I expect that I will try this goal again.