Archive for: ‘July 2017’

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



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


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