Part of embracing winter means that you have to get out in the cold and live. It so goes against everything that I love. Heat, warmth, shorts and tee shirts… The Winter Carnival did its best to drag this grizzled bear out of his cave. The flower show doesn’t count because its inside but I did wander around a bit on Saturday and Sunday checking out the snow sculptures. Starting with a either a large pile or a block of snow, these artists use saws and garden tools to create amazing pieces that have a 1 week life span. At the conclusion of the carnival, all these will be knocked down for safety purposes but for the next 6 days, you can go to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and check them out or you can stay toasty warm and go here.