Posts Tagged: ‘Minnehaha Falls’

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

Base: Lindstrom, MN

August 15, 2015 Posted by Deb

The RV came to rest on a lake north of Lindstrom, MN, in an area called Chisago Lakes. The Park Manager stayed open late to walk us in and it was very tight. The two trees that mark the marina entrance gave us six inches. It looks tighter getting out but we haven’t tried that yet. We had to guess what we needed when we staged at the pole barn in Iowa, and Deb drove separately with quite a collection of boats on her car.

The Fleet Heads to Minnesota

The Fleet Heads to Minnesota

Sunrise in Front of the RV on Chisago Lakes

Sunrise in Front of the RV on Chisago Lakes

We picked this RV park last year because it was on the water and within commuting range of the Twin Cities. Now that we know what RV parks are like in the rest of the country, we wondered what we saw in this place. It is crowded, we have neighbor firepits within 15 feet, the front and back yards were mudholes, the neighbors party loudly despite noise rules, the lake was shallow and weedy, the commute to our old neighborhood is brutal, and getting in and out with the RV is so tough it is essentially trapped here.

Now for the good news. We have the place practically all to ourselves on every day but Friday and Saturday and we try to be gone on those days. The neighbors have been quite careful with their fires and are friendly and polite, sober or drunk. The owner brought in a bobcat, black dirt, grass seed, and straw and we had a front yard in about a week. I put a deck on the entire starboard side of the RV and that has made a huge difference in our lot. The lake has become less weedy and there are about 10 other lakes in the neighborhood that we are checking out, including Forest Lake. The commute is becoming more tolerable now that we have found additional gyms, stores, restaurants, and friends in the North metro. The biking and hiking are excellent. So … things are looking up.

Man-Made Front Yard

Man-Made Front Yard

Entrance to the Man Cave

Entrance to the Man Cave

Leaving Base Camp

We aren’t in the RV park much. The following shots catch us up through mid August. Then we are off to Dillon, CO followed by a high-risk anniversary taking the trimaran to the Apostle Islands. They say to never take an open kayak out on Superior, and we’re taking an open trimaran. We bought full length wetsuits today and will stop by the pole barn on the way back from CO for bug suits and a backpacking tent and gear. That should handle everything but the weather and the bears. We heard one of the islands we have a permit for has been shut down recently due to aggressive bears. Stay tuned.

Head of the Browns Creek State Trail in Stillwater on the St. Croix

Head of the Browns Creek State Trail in Stillwater on the St. Croix

Patty Griffin and the Zoo Animals

Patty Griffin and the Zoo Animals

Rowing Buddies on the Mississippi

Rowing Buddies on the Mississippi

Makin' Mom's Vegetable Cabbage Soup in my New Pans in the RV

Makin’ Mom’s Vegetable Cabbage Soup in my New Pans in the RV

Biking Past Minnehaha Falls

Biking Past Minnehaha Falls

Taylors Falls

Taylors Falls

Hiking With Sister Barb

Hiking With Sister Barb

And That's The Truth!

And That’s The Truth!

Wild Mountain Winery with Sister Barb & Michael

Wild Mountain Winery with Sister Barb & Michael

Paul Bunyan Trail, Chippewa National Forest

Paul Bunyan Trail, Chippewa National Forest

Grainbelt on Shingobee Bay

Grainbelt on Shingobee Bay

The Only Shade on the Beach, Walker Beach

The Only Shade on the Beach, Walker Bay

Sent Cousin Isaac Out on the Fish Hook River

Sent Cousin Isaac Out on the Fish Hook River

Adhoc Relative Gathering at Twin Lakes

Adhoc Relative Gathering at Twin Lakes

Surfing into a Malibu Prop

Surfing into a Malibu Prop