Fall is a great time to do road travelling with your family and visit some of the festivals taking place in small townships. During this period, schools in these areas are busy with crafts and festivals, decorating, cutting, gluing and pasting posters getting ready to perform musical shows captured during different generations, bringing back memories of famous tunes.

These festivals are full of merchants, selling craftworks and goodies such as caramel apples, cradle popcorn, bake goods and warm clothing for the season. Knitted and crocheted wares made from a combination of different colors with similar textures or bright colors are appropriate for the season.

I and my family have gotten use to visiting some of the local townships located in the South and Southwest of Minnesota – Twin cities heading towards Iowa and South Dakota. During vacations like these, its usually nice to book in advance nearby hotels, mini hotels, eco-lodges or motels depending on your budget and distance from the sites of interest. If you folks plan to enjoy the night life entertainment, you may be looking at locations further form points of interests. It all depends on how you want to joggle your vacation.

Holiday Inn Express, SD

Holiday Inn Express, SD

If you are a family with younger children, you may want to settle in a nearby location close to your point of interest. Before booking your trip, check out the amenities. Swimming pool is always a plus and your family will enjoy the night hours when you folks are off from visiting these locations of interests and season festivities.

Check out state guides for season festivities and also the national park and recreation guides. Pine city, SD, and other nearby state parks may have special activities going on during your vacation.

Northern Flicker

Northern flickers are commonly found in the Southern part of the U.S. but lately, due to warm temperatures experienced around Canada, they are getting to be very popular all over the U.S. and especially in the Midwest. Because of the warmer temperatures, these species of birds are present throughout the seasons. They travel distances to the South when it starts getting cold to avoid the winter snowy weather.

Northern flickers turn to have their off springs twice a year and the number of off springs ranges from 4 to 6 at a time. They feed on wood chips, barks of wood, nuts and dried bread crumbs.


Their nests are made of dried sticks, petals and sods with feathers and cotton to add a layer of cushion to protect their off springs as well as keeping them comfortable and save when its cold or rainy. They are early risers and I can hear them chipping, chipping, chipping on wood barks making  wreaky, wreaky, wreaky sounds attracting other birds to their location such as bluebirds, cardinals and yellow birds from the back of my bathroom window. They are drawn and attracted to areas where River birch trees are common and you can see them from a distance flying and landing, creating beautiful colorful sceneries.