Posts Tagged: ‘Lake Calhoun’

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

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