Hat's Off, America!

America's Good Stories

Making the World Less Scary for Kids

November 17, 2020

Hats off to Kevin Kunkel, author of the children’s book, The World We Choose. How do you explain to children that all of the bad things they see or hear about on the news are not likely to happen to them? How can we make the world less scary? Watching…

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Injured Rattlesnake at Pinnacle Peak

An Encounter with a Rattlesnake While Hiking near Phoenix

March 12, 2020

And Hats off to Steve from Eden Prairie, Minnesota! On March 9, 2020, we had a close encounter with a rattlesnake hiking at Pinnacle Peak, a city park in Scottsdale, Arizona near Phoenix. We were hiking with our good friends, Lyn and Steve, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. When we started…

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Camelback Mountain from the Northeast at Sunset

Best Hikes in Phoenix for Active Geezers

March 4, 2020

Winter Hiking One of the best reasons to visit the Phoenix area in the winter months is to take advantage of the winter hiking season. December through February, the weather is perfect for hiking, typically reaching highs in the 60s and low 70s. If you are afraid of hiking in…

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Billy Banjo Picnic Park on Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Meteor Crater

February 10, 2020

Hats off to Northern Arizona! Hats Off America traveled to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Meteor Crater, three stunning places in Northern Arizona. While Arizona is famous for is giant saguaros and the Grand Canyon, there is so much more in Arizona. From Ponderosa forests in the North to the…

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The Barringer Crater in Arizona

Meteor Crater in Arizona

February 9, 2020

Hats off to the Barringer Crater near Winslow Arizona! When driving through Arizona on Highway 40 you may be tempted to skip Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater is located on a very remote stretch of highway, with many miles between towns and rest stops. It is 6 miles from the freeway.…

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chimney rock in sedona

Sedona Chimney Rock Trail

February 8, 2020

Hats off to Chimney Rock Trail We were looking for an early evening hike close to our hotel in Sedona. We simply turned left of off Highway 89 and drove towards the mountain. This short excursion brought us to the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and the Chimney Rock Trail. Arriving at…

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Artwork of owls submitted by children

International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota

August 24, 2019

Hat’s off to the International Owl Center! International Owl Center The International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota is a lovely day trip from the Twin Cities. The Houston area is surrounded by beautiful river bluffs. It is in the scenic Root River Valley, and is a great place for hiking…

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The bison herd in Minneopa State Park

Minneopa State Park in Minnesota

July 13, 2019

Hats off to Minneopa State Park! Minneopa State Park is only an hour and a half from the Twin Cities and so makes an easy day trip. The park is beautiful, as you would expect with any state park. But what makes this one special is the herd of bison!…

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Saint Croix Scenic Riverway

July 7, 2018
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Michael Lanning

January 7, 2018

Hat’s off to Michael Lanning! Michael Lanning fell off of a ladder while putting up holiday lights and sustained spinal cord injuries in 1997. He and his family have faced those injuries with courage as well as ingenuity. In his workshop, Michael enjoys problem solving and creating unique furniture solutions.

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