Minnesota and the Dakota’s/ 2021
I have grown up around the world and have written in the past of my ancestry in Tanzania and the years I spent there that led to my love of wilderness and mammal watching. Another place to which I have family connections is Minnesota and the Midwest in America. Just as I have seen the vast herds of wildebeest in East Africa, I have always wanted to see the masses of bison thundering across the plains in the US.
A trip to Yellowstone was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. But, in the summer of 2021, we headed back to my father’s homeland, Minnesota, and ventured to a series of national parks across the region. (I once recall seeing a stoat near my father’s childhood home back in 2019 and have always enjoyed visiting the state. Tanzania and Minnesota are dear to my heart.)
I wanted to go back and revisit our trip in this report.