Harriet Island Houseboats
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We are experiencing unseasonably warm weather this year! Our usual February temps hover around 10 to 20 degrees above zero, so 60 is a tropical heatwave for us.
Due to the great weather, our evenings have been warm as well! With these warmer temps the sunsets have been incredibly beautiful as well. Because of all the wonderful weather happenings, I decided to venture out and went out to Harriet Island in St. Paul Minnesota so see what I could capture!
I did manage to capture some beautiful sunsets but what really captured my attention was the houseboats. There were many people who live in their houseboats year round on the Mississippi river. They moor in St. Paul on Harriet Island. I was so fascinated!
Harriet Island is a natural made island right downtown St. Paul. It is no longer an island when they connected it to the land but it is a pretty cool place none the less. It takes its name from Harriet Bishop (1817 -- 1883), who came from Vermont in 1847 to become the city's first public school teacher. Bishop lived the rest of her life in St. Paul, seeing it grow from a muddy hamlet to a railroad boomtown while she busied herself with church (First Baptist), charity (Home for the Friendless, among others), marriage and divorce. She was not a simple schoolmarm.(www.stpaulhistorical.com)
There are many things to do on the island including incredible views of downtown, walking access to the river, a Bed and Breakfast in a vintage towboat, paddleboats, vast grounds for festivals, a stage, and the refurbished WPA pavilion (1941) designed by the pioneering African American architect, Clarence Wigington. There are also trail links to Lilydale Regional Park.(www.stpaulhistoric.com)
I will defiantly return and take more photos! An awesome adventure!
February 20th, 2017
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