A year ago, I was in the midst of great change. With my gaze set on an open road, I left the familiarity of life in the Pacific Northwest for a monthlong road trip through the Southwest. My passion for new people and places was reignited on endless mountain highways and nights spent sleeping in my SUV on empty desert roads. Though, as the days went on, it became clear that I was ready to put down roots.
And when I returned home, it was not to the northwest but my hometown nestled in the St. Croix River Valley, where I decided to settle down with my partner, October, and our cat, Aster. I don’t plan to stop traveling any time soon, but there’s nothing better than cultivating a life beside family and friends. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do both.
In this issue, we’re welcoming back summer adventures, making memories with family and cultivating our ideal homes and gardens. This month, writer Staci Perry Mergenthal talks with Oneka Elementary teacher Amy Corner about a gardening program that encourages kids to explore and understand their food system (page 12). On their discoveries, she says, “It’s … [nature’s] miracles that inspires the kids, piques their curiosity and helps them ask questions.”
Also in White Bear Lake Magazine this month, writer Dan Amundson speaks with Narrow Road Van Conversions owner Erik Lokken about how his company helps people of all ages experience the country in new ways (page 20). And on page 14, I chat with Sally Mueller of Womaness about how her beauty brand helps women feel empowered and supported through menopause.
Whether you’re looking forward to days with family on the lake or road trips across the country, make sure to soak in every moment spent with those you love. It’s times like these that we’ll always remember.