Amphibious Boat-Cars Make Their Way to Minnesota

James Bond-like amphibious boat-cars are real and they have found a new following in Minnesota, the great state of 10,000 lakes.

Amphicar in Minnesota lake

No seriously, amphibious cars have made their way back into popularity and can now be seen on a few Minnesota lakes. Only a few days ago at Bryant Lake in Minneapolis the new sci-fi cars made an appearance. As spectators watched, the cars drove right from the boat launch into the water. James Bond style!

Say goodbye to pulling your speed boat on a trailor behind your car. Now you can have an all in one boat-car! The official names of the vehicles are Amphicars. They may not be the most functional boats or cars, but they work as both! The cars were actually originally made in the 1960’s by Germany for purely recreational use. Just as they started to gain real popularity, the company that created them shut their doors forever.

Boat cars in Minneapolis

Actually, in Minnesota the Amphicars have resurfaced with quite a large following, considering their obscurity. However, a sense of humor helps when driving them. The weirdly rounded rear ends make them a unique site.

But watch out, these babies can get up to a roaring 7 miles an hour on water and 70 on land.  But how exactly do the boat-cars make the switch from land to water? The driver basically flips a simple switch that makes the doors air tight. Once the transmission is in neutral and the propellors under the back bumper kick on, its smooth sailing from there! The amphicar is steered using the wheel as the front wheels act as rudders.

Amphicar emerges from MN lake

And then when coming back into dry ground, the trick is to take the car out of neutral and hope the engine did not get, ahem, flooded. *Pun intented! With the rate of advancement of technology these days, the Amphicars are sure to keep evolving.

Let me know if you have ever rode in one, I’d love to hear what it’s like! They sure make a great conversation starter.

By Danielle Norgren

Credit: Star Tribune 

Minneapolis is America’s Healthiest City

The results are in, a study found Minneapolis as the #1 healthiest city in America!

Taking into account several criteria, the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota are the healthiest people in America. They breathe clean air, keep their weight down, and rank exercise as a top priority. Way to go Minnesotans!

Minneapolis healthiest city

A helpful contribution to this is the fact that Minneapolis was a early adopter of wide-spread bike trails and bike lanes throughout town. The city was also among the first to ban smoking in public places such as bars and public parks. Basically, if you live in Minneapolis you are less likely to smoke, which we all know is incredibly damaging to the human body, and not to mention smell just awful. That all adds up to Minneapolis residents being in better health than all other Americans.

People that live in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area are at less risk than their neighbors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma. (Especially compared to those cheese eaters next door.) Minneapolis has a lot of open public space dedicated to parks, dog walking areas, ball fields, tennis courts, playground, golf courses and more that make it easy for people to remain active outside. But what about during those frigid winter months that seem to take up a majority of the year? Winter sports and lots of them! Personally, I enjoy hitting the slopes with my snowboard. Talk about an all-body work out.

Biking in minneapolis

Right at the heels of Minneapolis, Washington D.C. came in second place. The nation’s capital is very good at keeping their smoking rate down as well. In third place is Boston and fourth is Portland.

By Danielle Norgren

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