The ruins of the Metrodome back on February 16th. All the stadiums in the world will fall down someday.
From a walk around Lake Como in February, one of my favorite things about my neighborhood. Beauty has no temperature.
The Dome is gone and the new stadium begins to rise in April. There is no resurrection without death.
My out-of-town friends came for a visit, and I was able to introduce them to my in-town friends and get this once-in-a-lifetime shot at dinner back in April. Later on it occurred to me that by next April not one of these people will be in the same state (Georgia, Minnesota, United Arab Emirates, California, Kentucky).
Here I am giving Allan (from Georgia) and Danny (from California) a tour of Minneapolis. This was the first time all three of us were together since 2006.
My first visit to Fort Ridgley State Park in April. I'm trying to make it a point to visit as many MN state parks as I can. I had to visit this one after reading about the Indian battles in Hawk's Valley.
4th of July with the Jerkies. Because you can't make new old friends.
Vikings training camp in Mankato in August.
At the State Fair in August where I met Buck Taylor from Tombstone and Gunsmoke. He was selling his western art which I now regret not purchasing. I hope to see him again next year. He's my huckleberry.
My second best photo of the year. A Friday night in September with the Jerkies.
I really got into biking this year in lieu of running, and one of the benefits is that I get to explore so much more of the surrounding area. This was taken on one of my rides in September while crossing the Mississippi.
From my trip to Atlanta in October where I visited a Civil War battleground and let off some northern aggression.
I visited the Creation Museum on the Kentucky side of Cincinnati.
At the Georgia Dome, my 14th NFL stadium, where I saw the Bears beat the Falcons.
My best photo of the year (IMHO), on a quiet country road in Wisconsin in October.
Random selfie from the road. I still get a sick pleasure from wearing my Twins hat in Atlanta.
My first game at TCF Bank Stadium, my 15th NFL stadium, where I watched the Minnesota football club beat the Redskins.
3rd best photo of the year. From my secret spot (and apparently someone else's too).
All the books I finished in 2014. Best: Freedom of the Will. Worst: Source of My Strength.
The Vikings stadium, as it looked on November 29th.
So a good year overall, where relationships were built and strengthened, corners were turned, and at least small amounts of progress were made in just about every area they were attempted, which is more than I deserve, and therefore, I am thankful.