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Up North Excursions Day Trips explore and support arts, music, history, and nature in the Northland
Life-long learning and community building. 

If you are interested in a trip, please let me know.  The sooner the better.  I'll let you know if there is space and the status of the trip. 

Thank you to The Senior Reporter magazine for the article in the April issue. 
Nice meeting the Refire group in Cloquet/Carlton. Good to visit with AARP in Lakeside in May.

I hope to have you join me on a future trip! 

Wendy Grethen
Your host
Offering day trips since 2016
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Upcoming Trips  2019 
Please register early and check with Wendy if there are seats available.
A minimum is needed by the deadline for a trip to go.  
Go on 2 trips in 2019 and your 3rd trip in 2019 is $10 off. 

Aug 22 - Minnesota State Fair

When was the last time you've been to the fair?  It's a tradition to enjoy. Let's go together to the Minnesota's Great Get-Together.  Booths, rides, food. exhibits, animals, people, and people-watching.  This is opening day!  You won't need to mess with parking. Admission included.    $79
Depart from Perkins West at 8 a.m.
Return 7 p.m.
Please register by July 29.
TRIP IS FILLED.  No seats available 7/23 
I may be switching to a larger bus if there are at least 15 extra people wanting to go.  There are 3 people on the waiting list so far.   


Oct 6 - Bayfield Apple Fest

A favorite fall event.  Eat all kinds of apple creations. See another park of Lake Superior.  Fall tree colors.  We also will stop at an orchard.   $55
Leave Perkins West at 8:15 a.m.
Return 4:15 p.m.
Please register by Sept 15.   
This trip will likely sell out fast.  We have done this trip before but by request it is being offered again.
As of 8/5, there are 2 seats available 

Oct 12 - Sunset with Sandhill Cranes  

2nd Saturday in October - Note this new date
Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, WI
During the fall (and spring) some birds are on the move crossing thousands of miles.  Sandhill Cranes come down from Canada on their way to Florida for the winter. About 8,000+ cranes are usually visable flying in from all directions where they ate in the farm fields by day and rest in safety at night.  It's a noisy and special experience. We will stop for quick food pickup in Hinckley on the way or bring your own dinner (meal not included) and 'picnic' on the bus or at the Crex visitor center. 
Leave Perkins at 2:45 p.m. 
Return about 9:30 p.m.
Plese register by Sept 15.
No seats available as of 6/22/2019
Waiting list only.  

November 21 - Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum Theater

Andrew Lloyd Weber has contributed so much to musicals. Whether this is your first time seeing this performance or have seen it multiple times it's always a treat to watch live theater and be there with the live music and performance. 
Leave at 8:30 a.m.
Matinee show. Front half seating, main floor, side.
Lunch included at a restaurant on the way down.
Return about 6:30 p.m.
Registration deadline Sept 15.
As of 7/11, there are no seats available. Waiting list only. 

Rittenhouse Wassail House Concert & Lunch
December 8

Wonderful holiday celebration in a Victorian setting. Delicious food, seasonal music, and tradition.   You may now sign up for this day trip - perfect for the holiday time. 
Leave Perkins West at 8:45 a.m.
Return at 4:45 p.m.
A pickup/drop-off may be added at Perkins in Superior if enough people are requesting it. 

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Recent trips were to the Land of the Loon Fest in June, Hayward Lumberjack show in June, Bayfield in Bloom garden tour on June 1, Chanhassen Dinner Theater - Feb 6, Minneapolis Institute of Art/Como Park Conservatory Dec 29, and Bayfield's Rittenhoue Wassail Concert lunch Dec 9.
Last fall, we went to the Minnesota Zoo, Stone Lake Crannberry Fest Oct 6, to Ely to the Dorothy Molter Museum and North American Bear Center on Sept 15 and to the MN Landscape Arboretum on Sept 21.