Shingobee Reunion 2017

August 5, 2017 Posted by Deb

The Eldridge clan gathered once again at the old stomping grounds near Walker, MN. The flights came in from Mexico to Alaska, and the journey north was on. We were one major item short this year since the old 1973 SeaRay is on the injury list. This year we rented a SeaRay from Hiawatha Beach Resort. We used it mostly to tour the lakefront bars and our old haunts. Great weather and good times.Old Guy SkiingWayDowntoDockSunsetBoatSunsetBogSetSetBoatDock

Find the Human

Find the Human

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Old Cabin Ceremonies

Old Cabin Ceremonies

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Pickleball Broken Wrist

July 28, 2017 Posted by Deb

Deb went down backwards on the Woodbury courts and knew her right wrist was broken immediately. She looked at me kind of scared right at impact.

BrokenWristThey gave her three days to let the swelling go down; and on the day relatives were flying into MSP for our family reunion in the north country, they operated on her and put a plate in. She didn’t miss a beat but did have to keep everything dry.

Bionic Wrist

Bionic Wrist

 

Hobbies

July 25, 2017 Posted by Deb

No drones yet, just big old antiques that have to be upgraded with modern electronics.

New Engine for the Old Antic

New Engine for the Old Antic

New Radio for the Edge 540

New Radio for the Edge 540

Cast Iron Canoe Invasion of Whiteface National Park

July 24, 2017 Posted by Deb

One of our most anticipated outings of the year is the trek to Whiteface Reservoir, about an hour east of Cloquet, MN, and well up into north country. The Cast Iron early crew starts taking over a “first come, first serve” peninsula on Thursday and the rest trickle in. We end up with our own private campground with many sites, a boat launch, parking lot, bathrooms, and the greatest camp hosts we’ve seen.

Private Beach at Whiteface

Private Beach at Whiteface

The trimaran fleet is up to three now and the convoluted shoreline with large bays is perfect for the Hobie trimaran but we still have the odd Hobie 16 and they can really smoke with the right conditions. The sailing weather was light but enough … after all we have pedals.BoatsWhitefaceBeach

We did get hit by a wall cloud, lightning, and hail with the resulting downed trees and water everywhere. I happened to be out on the reservoir in our trimaran when it rolled through and had to pull a MacGyver. I stuffed the boat into the weeds, pulled the mast and main, found a small clearing, pointed the top of the mast into the approaching storm, unrolled the main and made a tent out of it. The clear plastic just happened to be where my face was so I got to watch the show.

One Campsite of the Cast Iron Invasion

One Campsite of the Cast Iron Invasion

Serendipity on the Cannon

July 19, 2017 Posted by Deb

Deb wanted to turn around at 30 miles but I talked her into another 10. As a result, we stumbled onto one of the bigger flea market/wine tasting events we’ve seen and the booths were exotic. I ended up with two hot dogs and kettle corn, and Deb ended up with a new shawl top.ArtFESTcANNonRiver

The MWCIA Crew

July 15, 2017 Posted by Deb

Some retired, some have moved on to other work, but it is always great to get together with that group. We were definitely hitting on all cylinders when we worked together and it was a good time.McTeerBBQ

Summer of Free Bands

July 13, 2017 Posted by Deb

Minnesota summers are full of free concerts and we do our part. The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory put on a good show. That park was our old neighborhood in the 1980’s.

"Trailer Trash" Live at Como Park

“Trailer Trash” Live at Como Park

Lanesboro Fourth of July, 2017

July 7, 2017 Posted by Deb

We have done the Iowa City Jazz Festival, Coralville free concert, Muscatine fireworks, and the orchestra in Muscatine for years; but this year Deb’s cousin Jeff and Marti are shutting down their Iowa life for a new one in Arizona. That’s a tough job but they did break away to do a bike/canoe outing in Lanesboro, one of our favorite parts of Minnesota.

We picked the Gud-I-Nuff campground, high on the bluff, because it was a mile away from the Root River, and we figured all the close in campgrounds would be packed and noisy. It was a good enough campground and we had it pretty much all to ourselves. We did have to shower in Lanesboro. Because of all the outside activities they have public showers in town for five quarters and they are pretty good if you can figure out which way to turn the knobs for the hot water.

On day 1 we canoed the north branch of the Root River, called long route from Moen’s Bridge.

Moen's Bridge Start on the North Root

Moen’s Bridge Start on the North Root

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Old Power Plant on the Root

Old Power Plant on the Root

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Bit of Vertical to the  power Plant

Bit of Vertical to the Power Plant

We were practically alone. As we came to the south branch, we heard what sounded like a stadium full of people. It was the gathering place for several hundred young tubers just before their haulout. They were well into party mode when we went by. On day 2, we biked Fountain to Prescott, had ice cream, and biked on to Lanesboro.BridgeRootRiverBiker

Minnesota Roots

June 30, 2017 Posted by Deb

Toward the end of hurricane season we start thinking about where we want to go on the boat and toward the end of the sailing season we put together an unrealistic plan for our return to the U.S. Kind of an ADD itinerary. But it’s nice to be somewhere long enough to join stuff. We signed up immediately for pickleball, the health club, and a hobby-related club. Biking is high on the list and we found out that two members of the Cast Iron Canoe club have purchased Hobie trimarans so we have a fleet now. We added a lot more pickleball to the schedule but we also subtracted a few items like house hunting (after 2 days) and car hunting (one day), but Deb burned a lot of internet time on both. They may prove to be a couple of bad calls but time will tell.

Pickleball in Shawnee Park

Pickleball in Shawnee Park

Dinner with Good Friends - Mike, Carole, Tom & Peg in Afton

Dinner with Good Friends – Mike, Carole, Tom & Peg in Afton

Carole's Ultimate Spanish Paella

Carole’s Ultimate Spanish Paella

Biking

We are addicted and we bike alone through some of the prettiest trails in the country. The group trips will come later as friends get in biking shape. We have bikes on the boat so we get a head start. Of course Deb’s cousins, Jeff and Marti, are doing Lanesboro with us over the fourth; and they have zero miles in. We told them is was 53 miles downhill and they believed us. It’s actually mostly downhill.

Cannon Valley Trail in Redwing Never Disappoints

Cannon Valley Trail in Redwing Never Disappoints

Minnehaha Falls on our Trip to Lake Calhoun

Minnehaha Falls on our Trip to Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun and the Tin Fish

Lake Calhoun and the Tin Fish

Trailside Food Stop on the Gateway

Trailside Food Stop on the Gateway

Brown's Creek Trail

Brown’s Creek State Trail

Trimarans

The Minnesota fleet has been out several times and you can see we are not great at picking sunshine. We are envious of the improvements Hobie has made to the trimarans over the years and are thinking about trading up.

Launching on the St. Croix in Hudson

Launching on the St. Croix in Hudson

Cloudy Day on Forest Lake

Cloudy Day on Forest Lake

Launching the Fleet on Big Marine Lake

Launching the Fleet on Big Marine Lake

Steve % Cheri Tri Rigging

Steve & Cheri Tri Rigging

Maiden Voyage for Jeff

Maiden Voyage for Jeff

Deb’s 45th Class Reunion

All Melcher-Dallas, Iowa Class Reunions are held on Coal Miners Day and there are sand and mud volleyball tournaments, a parade, a DJ, food vendors, and fireworks. Quite a show.

Coal Miner's Day All-Town Reunion in Melcher-Dallas, Iowa

Coal Miner’s Day All-Town Reunion in Melcher-Dallas, Iowa

The Big Class of '72 Reunion

The Big Class of ’72 Reunion

Cast Iron Canoe: 2017 Edition

May 31, 2017 Posted by Deb

Namekagon River

Namekagon River

A traditional canoe trip that started decades ago and which we’ve been a part of for many years. Our sailing life has kept us away too long, but we made it back this year. Old sailing friends, Forrest and Yvonne on s/v Nazdrowie, who we met in the Dominican Republic in the 1990s introduced us to the group; and it has been a party ever since. This year we picked the Namekagon and Saint Croix rivers over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Tent City

Tent City

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We Know How to Fill a Canoe

The weather started out great and stayed better than the forecast for three days. We did have rain and hail, but we built a tarp city and we’re pretty much impervious to bad weather. True to Cast Iron tradition, we had two Dutch ovens, plenty of liquid refreshments, and a wrap-up five-pound bacon fest on the final morning that forced Deb to stay upwind. No injuries to report other than a number of tick bites that sent Deb to the doctor for the anti-Lyme routine.

Tarp City Going Up

Tarp City Going Up

Hail On the River

Hail On the River

We did have a longer than normal 22-mile day due to full campsites that featured a 1.5 mile sprint to beat out another group to 12.3 mile campsite. Unfortunately, Deb and I won the race but missed the campsite sign. The sprint pretty much turned our arms to noodles for the next two days. Oh well.

Land Ho

We look forward to the transition both from the ocean to land in the spring and back to the boat in the fall. With each move, we have a high energy vision of what we’re going to do “this time.” Yeah, right. We seem to forget that the seven-plus days it takes to put the boat away and the exposure to air conditioning and airplane air usually leaves us half dead with colds. This switch was no exception but we did get a couple of days of Casa Grande Palm Creek pickleball in before the bad colds really set in. We motored north in the RV on a three Wal*Mart run with 102-degree fevers. It is now late May and we’re just barely back on our feet again. And hey, it’s cold up here in May.

Wanna Go Outside at 100 Degrees and 100% Humidity?

Wanna Go Outside at 100 Degrees and 100% Humidity?

Plans

Our plans change weekly but our high-energy vision included an extended summer on land with biking, pickleball, a variety of water events, camping, and other north country fun stuff. Now we’re toying with the idea of getting rid of all the mobile stuff including the RV and Neytiri and looking for a home or a townhome. Our future yacht broker is begging us to bring Neytiri back to Florida again and to do so immediately. That ain’t happening but we may get back on the boat early in the fall and sail her back to the U.S.

So … we’re going house hunting at 10:00 tomorrow morning after moving the final leg of our RV trip from Melcher-Dallas, Iow,a to Woodbury, MN. For us, home ownership again is a big and scary change.

Toys Are Out in Iowa

Toys Are Out in Iowa

Celebrating Hayden's Soccer Win with Dorothy, Cindy, and Halle

Celebrating Hayden’s Soccer Win with Dorothy, Cindy, and Halle

Late Entry: The Famous Roatan Yacht Club

We thought it was famous and very nice 22 years ago. We were worried that we weren’t dressed well enough to go into the restaurant. It seemed very British. We had just finished a long ten-day passage from Cartegena, Columbia, somewhere around November, 1995; and we weren’t too presentable. We stored our dinghy there during our last visit four years ago even though it had been closed for new owners and renovations. The carpenters were banging away.

Roatan French Harbor Yacht Club

Roatan French Harbor Yacht Club

Little did we know how far the Yacht Club had fallen. This year, the property has been seized for money laundering and the official government “Stay Out” signs are up. We had to find another dinghy dock to get to town and our Plan B four years ago was the shrimping/fish station. They’ve had a very bad fishing season and we were advised to stay out of that area. So … by word of mouth we found a lady in a small house down from the police station car graveyard with a little dilapidated dock on a shoreline filled with floating garbage. The routine is to hand her 50 Lems (2 bucks) and walk to town.

Only Sign From the Street

Only Sign From the Street

Murder at the Yacht Club: A German Hotel Owner is gunned down at his Business
Nicolai Winter, the German owner of the French Harbour Yacht Club was gunned down at his hotel by a man in this thirties, presumed to be from the mainland.

On March 6, 2007, around 9:30pm, the murderer checked into a room at the hotel and came back to ask for Winter’s assistance in opening the room door. While Winter with three other Yacht Club staff walked towards the room, the assailant pulled out a 9mm gun and shot Winter several times. The assailant then fled the property on foot.
According to Yacht club staff, Winter was alive for some time after the shooting. Bay Islands Voice was notified of the shooting and called Preventiva Police, DGIC and Ambulance in Dixon Cove. No one picked-up the phone. After a visit to the Dixon Cove ambulance station the attendant said “none of the vehicles are working.”
The frontier police and DGIC police arrived at the crime scene 30 and 60 minutes after the shooting, but no immediate search of surrounding area was done and no road blocks were set up. The murderer, presumed by the police to be a contracted killer, was not apprehended.  Winter bought the Yacht Club in 2004 for in excess of one million dollars. The legal future of the Yacht Club is far from certain. According to Honduran law, in absence of a testament, Winter’s closest relatives: his mother, or his sister will inherit the property.
According to Felipe Danzilo, a lawyer involved in the sale of the Yacht Club, Winter did not yet make all the payments on the property. The previous owners of the Yacht Club: Marcel Hauser and Peter Beuth, still hold a mortgage on the Yacht Club.

Within a week of Winter’s death the old owners of the hotel brought the “Pluribus” company owned by Daniel O’Connor, a American business owner from Tegucigalpa, to serve as a “safe keeper” of the Yacht Club business interests. O’Connor made efforts to assure the continuous functioning of the business: that the employees received their salaries, hotel stayed open and he plans on having the Yacht Club’s restaurant open by Semana Santa. “Every business has a value as long as it is running,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor, who has lived in Honduras for 12 years, was shocked by the lack of concern about the murder displayed by local business community and local business leaders. “This is disappointing in a community that prides itself on being tourism oriented,” says O’Connor. “This will bring a negative impact on tourism here.”

Source :  http://www.bayislandsvoice.com/issue-v5-4.htm