Trimarans on the St. Croix River

September 12, 2017 Posted by Deb

The weather was just perfect so we called up some good friends and set out from the Hudson Landing on the St. Croix River to sail to Afton. We stopped for lunch at the Afton House Inn and floated downwind back to Hudson.
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End of Summer

September 9, 2017 Posted by Deb

Hauling the Toys Out of the Water

We spent Labor Day weekend with the Cast Iron Canoe Club on Silver Lake in Siren, WI, at Jeff and JoAnn Buse’s cabin. Everyone brought plenty of food and we had to power eat all the hot dogs for the final meal after doing haulout chores. Sad to report that we failed to eat them all.

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Lakeshore Chores

Lakeshore Chores

Who's Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Who’s Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Down to Hiking

With Deb’s broken wrist and my recent round of racquetball injuries, we’re down to hiking. We’ve knocked down Afton State Park and the Woodbury lakes for many miles while Deb waits to get the word on her wrist. In anticipation of good news, she took her bike in for all new shifters and a new derailer so she doesn’t have to twist too hard with her right hand. We’ve had Minnesota perfect hiking weather.

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

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Afton State Park

Afton State Park

Spending Some Family Time

Deb snuck away with a broken arm to visit family in Iowa.

The Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

One Strong Team

One Strong Team

Madeline Island: Lake Superior

August 30, 2017 Posted by Deb

Bayfield to Madeline Island Ferry

Bayfield-to-Madeline Island Ferry

We got our Lake Superior fix again, this time with Mike and Carol at their 12th year of renting a cabin on the back side of Madeline Island. We concentrated on hiking, biking, gourmet dining, and chilling. Oh…we celebrated our 42nd anniversary at the famous Angry Minnow on the trip back.

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Mandatory Stop at Tom's Burned Down Cafe

Mandatory Stop at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Hiking on Big Bay

Hiking on Big Bay

View From the Deck

View From the Deck

Chippewa Flowage

August 24, 2017 Posted by Deb

ChippewaFlowageMapRight under our noses and just a few hours north into Wisconsin is the perfect trimaran cruising ground. We accepted a last minute invitation from Steve and Cherie, and when we looked at the incredible body of water with all the islands and little bays we started packing.

Day two on the Chippewa Flowage was one of the best trimaran days we’ve had. We put on a lot of miles and found two little islands (Wagon Wheel and a tribal island near Big Timber) with nice beaches, campsites, tables, and the mandatory fire and hot dog lunch. We sailed all day with that wonderful nagging feeling that we were lost all the time. We even stumbled onto Deer Lodge, a restaurant/bar with docks for visitors. They had never seen anything like our trimarans before. Of course, stumbling onto a bar in Wisconsin isn’t very hard.

Luxury Camping with a Tent Heater

Luxury Camping with a Tent Heater

Group Site for Only Two Tents

Group Site for Only Two Tents

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Deerfoot Lodge Sailing Stop

Deerfoot Lodge Sailing Stop

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