Category: ‘Neytiri on Land’

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

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