Archive for: ‘July 2013’

Whiteface Reservoir

July 30, 2013 Posted by Deb

We were invited on an annual tradition camping outing that included four of the Cast Iron Canoe couples.

The weather was bad at the Tall Ships show but by the first night up at Whiteface, the temperature plummeted and it started to rain. The rain pretty much didn’t stop all through Saturday but Forest was ready with two huge tarps and several hundred feet (actually several miles but that’s another story) of quarter inch poly line and we strung up a large canopy, stoked the fire, and most of the campers congregated on our site. Great socializing but a bunch of boats were sitting on trailers and we were definitely on plan B for entertainment. The food was incredible as well as exotic. Bacon wrapped olives grilled over a fire was a hit for some.

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The final day (for some) started out equally ugly but in true MN fashion, everyone went down to the landing and started rigging their boats. The leap of faith paid off as the weather broke and temps made close to 70 when we hit the water. The eight boat fleet consisted of two Hobie 16’s, a two masted daysailer we don’t know the name of, two power boats, two kayaks and a wind surfer.

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Tall Ships

July 26, 2013 Posted by Deb

On the way to a camping trip at Whiteface Reservoir, we stopped in Duluth at the Tall Ships gathering.

It was a great show but what was more impressive was the crowd. The turnout was pretty good on a 50-degree windy and rainy day. Duluth people are tough. We saw everything from winter coats to t-shirts. The boats came from all over the world and there were long waiting lines for rides.

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600 Miles On a Bike

July 22, 2013 Posted by Deb

In the Believe It or Not category, Iowa has the longest paved biking loop in the country at 72 miles. It’s concrete and it is new and it is wide enough for a car. Who has the money to do that these days? We set out to conquer it and got about 25 miles into it when a very nasty storm front came through. We decided to bail on the trip and I blew a tire on the way back. We also discovered our bike pump seals had dried up so Deb rode to the car while I walked a bit over four miles. The storm fizzled and the day turned out great so we have that loop on the list to try again.

Welded Farm Implements -- Perry, Iowa

Welded Farm Implements — Perry, Iowa

Half Way -- Calhoun Lake, Minneapolis

Half Way — Calhoun Lake, Minneapolis

Overlooking St. Paul Approaching the River Rtrail

Overlooking St. Paul Approaching the River Trail

East Mississippi River Trail and the Paddle Boats: St. Paul, Minnesota

East Mississippi River Trail and the Paddle Boats: St. Paul, Minnesota

Normandale Lake -- Bloomington, Minnesota

Normandale Lake — Bloomington, Minnesota

Lanesboro Trail Beyond Preston, Minnesota

Lanesboro Trail Beyond Preston, Minnesota

Canon River Trail and What's Left of Hidden Valley Campground

Canon River Trail and What’s Left of Hidden Valley Campground

Cannon River Overtaking Campground

Cannon River Overtaking Campground

Battle Creek Park -- St. Paul, Minnesota

Battle Creek Park — St. Paul, Minnesota

Indian Mounds -- St. Paul, Minnesota

Indian Mounds — St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Wisconsin River

July 10, 2013 Posted by Deb

This river has long been a family/friend tradition but in recent times we’ve moved on to more challenging canoe trips.

In 2013, it was back to the giant adult sandbox. The river was high so whole islands were gone but we found plenty of sand for tents and lunch stops. We also found plenty of bugs.

A Wisconsin Version of the "Circle of Knowledge"

A Wisconsin Version of the “Circle of Knowledge”

Poison Ivy Front and Center

Poison Ivy Front and Center

Private Island

Private Island

Mosquitoes Arrive in 10 Minutes

Mosquitoes Arrive in 10 Minutes

Not Always Pure Sand

Not Always Pure Sand

Only 3 Made Survived the Mosquitoes To Make The Top

Only 3 Survived the Mosquitoes To Make The Top

She Doesn't Know I'm Only Ruddering

She Doesn’t Know I’m Only Ruddering

Wapauti in Progress

Wapauti in Progress

Late Entries

July 1, 2013 Posted by Deb

Cruising sailors have a “fluid sense of time.” I believe that’s from Tin Cup. Anyway, we sometimes get good pictures well after the fact. Here are our late entries ranging from the transit of the Panama Canal to our final passage of 2013 to Guatemala and the Rio Dulce.

On Her Way to the Pacific Ocean

On Her Way to the Pacific Ocean: Transiting the Panama Canal on Yela

Tough Job -- At Least Use Two Hands

Tough Job — At Least Use Two Hands

There, Two Hands

There, Two Hands

Eric, the Boat Owner, is Now in the Phillipines -- Single Handed All the Way

Eric, the Boat Owner, is Now in the Philippines — Single Handed All the Way

Web cams Just Ahead -- Cindy Caught the Show Mid-Sermon Back Home

Web Cams Just Ahead — Cindy Caught the Show Mid-Sermon Back Home

We Were Late for the Raft Up on Day 2 -- Alone is Better

We Were Late for the Raft Up on Day 2 — Alone is Better

Owner and the Help

Owner and the Help

Professional Line Handlers at Work

Professional Line Handlers at Work

A Bit Larger Than We Are

A Bit Larger Than We Are

Panama City and the End of Our Transit

Panama City and the End of Our Transit

Crossing the Bar at Livingston, Guatemala

Crossing the Bar at Livingston, Guatemala

First Dink in the Water Gets Taxi Duty

First Dink in the Water Gets Taxi Duty

And Again, First Dink Gets Taxi Duty

And Again, First Dink Gets Taxi Duty

Searching for Cash Machines to Pay 3 Government Agencies and 1 Agent

Searching for Cash Machines to Pay 3 Government Agencies and 1 Agent

Neytiri Framed by the Livingston Dock Gates

Neytiri Framed by the Livingston Dock Gates

Up the Gorge

Up the Gorge

The Guys Toasting the Roatan/Guatemala Trip

The Guys Toasting the Roatan/Guatemala Trip

The Women Toasting the Roatan/Guatemal Trip

The Women Toasting the Roatan/Guatemala Trip

And Now ... Cell Phone SIMs for Guatemala

And Now … Cell Phone SIMs for Guatemala

Hauling Aquadesiac

Hauling Aquadesiac

... And Lift

… And Lift

The Water Taxi to the Trivia Contest and Kangaroos, Rio Dulce

The Water Taxi to the Trivia Contest and Kangaroos, Rio Dulce

Aquadesiac and Neytiri Ready to do Trivia Battle

Aquadesiac and Neytiri Ready to do Trivia Battle