Posts Tagged: ‘Lanesboro’

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

Biking Iowa and Minnesota

August 4, 2016 Posted by Deb

Martensdale - Gray's Lake - Cummins Loop

Martensdale – Gray’s Lake – Cummins Loop

Riverside on the Root

Riverside on the Root

Lanesboro After the Storm

Lanesboro After the Storm

Biking or Tree Climbing?

Biking or Tree Climbing?

Pikes Bay Trail on Cass Lake

Pikes Bay Trail on Cass Lake

Chippeway National Forest Trails

Chippewa National Forest Trails

A New Knee in an Old Town

September 1, 2012 Posted by Deb

East St. Paul has quite a history. We’re staying in a friend’s home just off the renovated Phalen Boulevard, a nice corridor with great bike trails. The guy behind the Phalen name was described as “immoral, cruel, revengeful, and unscrupulous.” He was killed by his travelling companions when he ran off to California to avoid appearing before a grand jury in St. Paul.

Biking and Hiking along the Bruce Vento Trail in St. Paul

Battle Creek Park on Bruce Vento Trail

Saddest Site in the World for a Cruiser: Bankrupt Hamm’s Brewery on the East Side

Hamm's Brewery

Prior to the 8/27 date for the chopping block on Deb’s knee, we power vacationed Minnesota and Iowa and saw as many old friends as possible, to the tune of about a pound of body weight every three days.

Chillin’ Out in Iowa

Cindy's Pool

Biking Along an Ocean of Pink

Biking Along an Ocean of Pink

Biking and Kayaking the Cannon River and Lanesboro

Cannon River Kayak

Biking Cannon Valley Trail and Lanesboro

The story of Neytiri gets a bit challenging for the next few months. The boat is sitting pretty just off a Hyatt golf course in Curacao, and the one solar panel we left on is keeping the batteries happy. The diesels get fired up a couple times a month and the bottom gets cleaned every month and a half. The crew is doing full time rehab and house chores in St. Paul, MN. We did duck out for a meal on our 37th anniversary three days after surgery and that was pushing things a bit. Getting up the 20 steps to where we are living was touch and go after a night out.

Rowing One Day : Knee Replacement the Next

Knee Replacement

Minnesotans are starting to talk about the end of summer already. We’ve checked off almost everything we wanted to do on land and are really missing the boat. Can’t wait to get home.