Category: ‘Neytiri on Land’

Heading South: Iowa to Arizona

October 15, 2017 Posted by Deb

Melcher-Dallas and Lake Red Rock

Happy Birthday, Gena - Raleigh Grill in Lucas, IA

Happy Birthday, Gena!

Raleigh's Country Bar & Grill out in the Woods

Raleigh’s Country Bar & Grill out in the Woods

After-Supper Hike to Whitebreast Creek on the Farm

After-Supper Hike to Whitebreast Creek on the Farm

We revisited the site of our first date. In the early 1970’s, a purple ski boat. Now, a Hobie trimaran.

Lake Red Rock

Lake Red Rock

Under the Mile-Long Bridge

Under the Mile-Long Bridge

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Tiki Hut Complete with Toilet

Tiki Hut Complete with Toilet

Our stop at Cindy & Bill’s included staging and organizing the mail we had built up with boat parts for Guatemala.PackingGuatemala

 

Off to Arizona

We made it to Casa Grande in four easy days after our stop in Melcher-Dallas, IA. We pitted in Wichita, KS, Amarillo, TX and Lake Caballo, NM. It has been close to 100° for a number of days and pickleball starts before 7:30 a.m. That is way too early for me and just fine for Deb. Palm Creek is undergoing major construction and they are adding what looks like 500 to 1,000 units to the north. Unfortunately, they gobbled up the RC flying field so we will have to commute with our toys.

Amarillo was once the largest producer of Helium in the world. Dead factory now.

Amarillo was once the largest producer of Helium in the world. Dead factory now.

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U.S. Open Racquetball Tournament

October 6, 2017 Posted by Deb

After a month and a half of being selfish with my time, not connecting with as many friends and relatives as normal, and being hurt, sore, and tired most of the time, I thought I was ready for the tournament. I entered the 65+ division. About 900 entrants descend on Minneapolis from all over the world for the largest racquetball tournament in the world.

I had been practicing with the number one ranked player at 70 plus and my old doubles partner along with various other bangers. It turned out you really can’t come back after an eight year layoff and I lost early to a guy from Illinois.

I then had to ref a match between the U.S. doubles team and the Ecuador or Mexican (I couldn’t read their shirts) doubles team, and that was barn burner. Both teams were angry at me after it was over. I was a great match but not pleasant to ref.InjuredRballPlayerUSOpenAction

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail

October 3, 2017 Posted by Deb

We have mixed feelings about this trail. Our base in Dakotah Meadows had us a short drive from Mankato and the west end of the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. The trail was good from Mankato to Madison Lake but we came to a sign that said “Rough trail for the next 13.5 miles.” It was not only rough, it would have been far better to rip up the asphalt and have packed aggregate. Deb turned around before it got rough and I bailed after five or six miles of trying. I stopped by a bar at Madison Lake that advertised on the trail and asked how they did on getting the bicycle crowd in. He said it has tapered off dramatically as that 13.5 mile section got worse. Too bad, it was a nice run between Faribault and Mankato in the old days.

PrimeTime Saloon Breakfast - Calorie Positive Biking

PrimeTime Saloon Breakfast – Calorie Positive Biking

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Experimenting with Minnesota RV Campgrounds

October 1, 2017 Posted by Deb

Our home for two summers was getting plowed under and we had to be gone by the morning of September 12th when the heavy equipment was moving into St. Paul East RV Park. It was a nice home with great people and there will be nothing close to replace it for future years. Guess we’ll have to buy a home.

We moved about a mile north to Lake Elmo County Park. It’s a great place to stay but they don’t let RVs stay for any length of time. It was staging area number one as we prepared to head south and tried to get in shape for the U.S. Open Racquetball Tournament.LakeElmoCampsite

Final ride on Brown’s Creek and the Gateway

Hot dog, lemonade, and the Gateway Trailside

Hot dog, Lemonade, and the Gateway Trailside

Dakota Meadows

Since I was commuting every day to Edina to train with my old racquetball buddies it made sense to move the RV as close to Edina as we could. That was the RV park associated with Mystic Lake Casino. It was nice but it did not feel like much of a home. We experimented with all the restaurants we could fit in during our brief stay. Our stay was abbreviated by and early exit from the US. Open but that is another story.DakotaMeadowsRVPark

Kinnickinnic River Kayaking

September 15, 2017 Posted by Deb

Kayaking the Kinnickinnic River in River Falls is becoming an annual event, and this year we had mostly Cast Iron canoe members in the group. We were pretty much all late entries because Deb had a broken wrist and others were decision challenged for various reasons, but it was a good group and great weather. Only one sunk kayak as Deb got hung up in rocks while we watched from downstream. Fortunately, Steve Kotilinek was behind her and saved her from having to use her wrist to get unstuck and emptied out. She had given me her Pixel smartphone for safe keeping just minutes before.

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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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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