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HDT’s 2019 Top Ten

Who doesn’t love to occasionally look back and see from where they’ve come, and reflect on where they’re going? 2019 was a year we tackled new topics and connected with new partners, yet, we also wrote about things near and dear to our hearts. So, we thought it would be fun to look back at our most read posts written in 2019.

1) Get Your Trek On!

Every summer we love to encourage kids to get outside. So, for the last few summers, we’ve hosted camping trips to local and state parks throughout Minnesota. Michelle writes about the fun had on these trips in the most read article of the year.

2) Holiday Gifts – Made from the Heart

Just posted a few weeks ago, Nora’s article on using your skills and time to make gifts seemed to resonate. (Plus, it’s not too late for some last minute gifts before the holidays are over for this year). 🙂

3) Turtle Talks Podcast – Episode 19 : Reconnecting Indigenous Cultures. a Q&A With Sean Sherman

We are very proud of the work we put into our podcast during it’s first season, which spanned 23 episodes. When Sean Sherman agreed to record last spring, we were overjoyed. Give it a listen.

4) Minnesota Tree ID – Part 1

Nora is a fiend when is comes to outdoor information. Her thirst for learning (and sharing what she learns) about the outdoors is second to none. When planning our October theme (Getting Outdoors for Fall), Nora not only wrote one incredibly detailed post on identifying trees in the Minnesota forests, she wrote TWO incredibly detailed posts on identifying trees in the Minnesota forests. Both are great. Here’s the second. 

5) Canoeing & Mindfulness

Happy Dancing Turtle expanded down to the Driftless Region early last year. Nora is a superstar, but during busier periods she needs a helping hand. Tatiana was brought on to assist during activities down in the Winona area. She also is a crack at writing. Read about how getting outdoors can be helpful for both body and mind.

6) Screen-Free Week 2019

All of us enjoy a little R&R in the great outdoors!


To many kids (and let’s face it, adults) are spending more and more time in front of televisions, computers, and phones to their detriment. In an effort to show how awesome the world is (even with screens), we tried out Screen-Free week during the first week of May.

7) Outdoor Adventures Await, Even in Winter

Minnesota is a land of hearty individuals. We don’t let a little cold or snow stop us from having a good time. That’s why there are no shortages of things to do, even in the dreary winter months. The old Scandinavian saying goes, “There’s no such thing as cold weather, only inadequate clothing,” and in Minnesota, everyone seems up to the challenge!

8) Exploring the Relationship between Food & Mental Health

Last May, we tackled the important topic of mental health and how outdoor activity, proper nutrition, and how an affinity towards nature overall could help alleviate mental stress. In this article, we looked into how food may have an impact on mental health.

9) Outdoor Adventures: Tracking Animals in Winter

It is a wonder that we can ever get Nora to stay indoors at all. We are lucky enough that she is willing to write about all her fun adventures and vast knowledge on nature for our blog. In this article, Nora explores how tracking animals in winter can be fun (and another excuse to get your rear outside). 🙂

10) It’s Garlic Plantin’ Season

Cash and Dave holding up our garlics.


In our number 10 most viewed article written in 2019, Jim writes about how a good recipe always starts with a good amount of garlic. He writes about the widespread benefits of having garlic in your meals and how easy it can be to grow it in your own garden.

It’s been a great year here at Happy Dancing Turtle. Let us know what you’re favorite 2019 memory was. We would love to hear about them.

See you in 2020!

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