By Sherpa Gretchen Gramer
The Mississippi River runs directly through the University of Minnesota’s campus. In the spring of freshman year, my friends and I discovered that there is a beach along the water right behind the freshmen dorms. We had a ton of late night bonfires down there right along the river. It’s such a nice spot to escape to our Minnesotan outdoor roots by having a bonfire, even while living right in the middle of the Twin Cities.