Walking Blue Earth
This walk I did on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

At 7:30am, I left my parents' house, about two miles north of the town of Good Thunder and proceeded to walk to the house I grew up in, about 12 miles in Mankato.

Along the way, as I walked on Hwy 66, I caught the edges of two rain storms.

When I got to the Red Jacket Bridge around 11 am (about seven miles from where I started), I began walking on the Red Jacket Trail, an old rairoad converted into a bike trail. I stayed on the trail into west Mankato until I veered off to see where I went to kindergarten at Roosevelt School. I passed my old high school, Mankato West H.S. and proceeded on Pleasant Street to the house I lived in from around 1967 to 1970 (3 to 5 yrs. old).

I then walked on Fulton Street a few more blocks until I got to 105 Bradley Street, Tib's House, where I lived from age 5 to 18 yrs. of age. Across the street was Lincoln Junior High School where I went for 7th and 8th grade.

At about 2 pm, I finished my walk at the intersection of Bradley and Byron Street in Mankato, the Deep Valley, Minnesota.

These are photos that were things I was attracted to along the way. I also picked up "treasures" that were compelling in some way and grabbed my attention. If I've aquired more than 40 of these treasures, I pare them down to the 40 I most desire by their level of interest and importance for the entire collection. I then document them together in a photo and place them in a box that is significant, like a box for one of my favorite foods.

After the initial storms, it became a gorgeously, unusually warm day for October in Minnesota. My mom picked me up and we went out to lunch at a Mexican Restaurant in north Mankato.

This walk was full of memories, familiar places changed over time and traversing into unfamiliarity. This is my art.
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