Posts Tagged: ‘Walker Minnesota’

Cast Iron Canoe: 2017 Edition

May 31, 2017 Posted by Deb

Namekagon River

Namekagon River

A traditional canoe trip that started decades ago and which we’ve been a part of for many years. Our sailing life has kept us away too long, but we made it back this year. Old sailing friends, Forrest and Yvonne on s/v Nazdrowie, who we met in the Dominican Republic in the 1990s introduced us to the group; and it has been a party ever since. This year we picked the Namekagon and Saint Croix rivers over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Tent City

Tent City

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We Know How to Fill a Canoe

The weather started out great and stayed better than the forecast for three days. We did have rain and hail, but we built a tarp city and we’re pretty much impervious to bad weather. True to Cast Iron tradition, we had two Dutch ovens, plenty of liquid refreshments, and a wrap-up five-pound bacon fest on the final morning that forced Deb to stay upwind. No injuries to report other than a number of tick bites that sent Deb to the doctor for the anti-Lyme routine.

Tarp City Going Up

Tarp City Going Up

Hail On the River

Hail On the River

We did have a longer than normal 22-mile day due to full campsites that featured a 1.5 mile sprint to beat out another group to 12.3 mile campsite. Unfortunately, Deb and I won the race but missed the campsite sign. The sprint pretty much turned our arms to noodles for the next two days. Oh well.

Land Ho

We look forward to the transition both from the ocean to land in the spring and back to the boat in the fall. With each move, we have a high energy vision of what we’re going to do “this time.” Yeah, right. We seem to forget that the seven-plus days it takes to put the boat away and the exposure to air conditioning and airplane air usually leaves us half dead with colds. This switch was no exception but we did get a couple of days of Casa Grande Palm Creek pickleball in before the bad colds really set in. We motored north in the RV on a three Wal*Mart run with 102-degree fevers. It is now late May and we’re just barely back on our feet again. And hey, it’s cold up here in May.

Wanna Go Outside at 100 Degrees and 100% Humidity?

Wanna Go Outside at 100 Degrees and 100% Humidity?

Plans

Our plans change weekly but our high-energy vision included an extended summer on land with biking, pickleball, a variety of water events, camping, and other north country fun stuff. Now we’re toying with the idea of getting rid of all the mobile stuff including the RV and Neytiri and looking for a home or a townhome. Our future yacht broker is begging us to bring Neytiri back to Florida again and to do so immediately. That ain’t happening but we may get back on the boat early in the fall and sail her back to the U.S.

So … we’re going house hunting at 10:00 tomorrow morning after moving the final leg of our RV trip from Melcher-Dallas, Iow,a to Woodbury, MN. For us, home ownership again is a big and scary change.

Toys Are Out in Iowa

Toys Are Out in Iowa

Celebrating Hayden's Soccer Win with Dorothy, Cindy, and Halle

Celebrating Hayden’s Soccer Win with Dorothy, Cindy, and Halle

Late Entry: The Famous Roatan Yacht Club

We thought it was famous and very nice 22 years ago. We were worried that we weren’t dressed well enough to go into the restaurant. It seemed very British. We had just finished a long ten-day passage from Cartegena, Columbia, somewhere around November, 1995; and we weren’t too presentable. We stored our dinghy there during our last visit four years ago even though it had been closed for new owners and renovations. The carpenters were banging away.

Roatan French Harbor Yacht Club

Roatan French Harbor Yacht Club

Little did we know how far the Yacht Club had fallen. This year, the property has been seized for money laundering and the official government “Stay Out” signs are up. We had to find another dinghy dock to get to town and our Plan B four years ago was the shrimping/fish station. They’ve had a very bad fishing season and we were advised to stay out of that area. So … by word of mouth we found a lady in a small house down from the police station car graveyard with a little dilapidated dock on a shoreline filled with floating garbage. The routine is to hand her 50 Lems (2 bucks) and walk to town.

Only Sign From the Street

Only Sign From the Street

Murder at the Yacht Club: A German Hotel Owner is gunned down at his Business
Nicolai Winter, the German owner of the French Harbour Yacht Club was gunned down at his hotel by a man in this thirties, presumed to be from the mainland.

On March 6, 2007, around 9:30pm, the murderer checked into a room at the hotel and came back to ask for Winter’s assistance in opening the room door. While Winter with three other Yacht Club staff walked towards the room, the assailant pulled out a 9mm gun and shot Winter several times. The assailant then fled the property on foot.
According to Yacht club staff, Winter was alive for some time after the shooting. Bay Islands Voice was notified of the shooting and called Preventiva Police, DGIC and Ambulance in Dixon Cove. No one picked-up the phone. After a visit to the Dixon Cove ambulance station the attendant said “none of the vehicles are working.”
The frontier police and DGIC police arrived at the crime scene 30 and 60 minutes after the shooting, but no immediate search of surrounding area was done and no road blocks were set up. The murderer, presumed by the police to be a contracted killer, was not apprehended.  Winter bought the Yacht Club in 2004 for in excess of one million dollars. The legal future of the Yacht Club is far from certain. According to Honduran law, in absence of a testament, Winter’s closest relatives: his mother, or his sister will inherit the property.
According to Felipe Danzilo, a lawyer involved in the sale of the Yacht Club, Winter did not yet make all the payments on the property. The previous owners of the Yacht Club: Marcel Hauser and Peter Beuth, still hold a mortgage on the Yacht Club.

Within a week of Winter’s death the old owners of the hotel brought the “Pluribus” company owned by Daniel O’Connor, a American business owner from Tegucigalpa, to serve as a “safe keeper” of the Yacht Club business interests. O’Connor made efforts to assure the continuous functioning of the business: that the employees received their salaries, hotel stayed open and he plans on having the Yacht Club’s restaurant open by Semana Santa. “Every business has a value as long as it is running,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor, who has lived in Honduras for 12 years, was shocked by the lack of concern about the murder displayed by local business community and local business leaders. “This is disappointing in a community that prides itself on being tourism oriented,” says O’Connor. “This will bring a negative impact on tourism here.”

Source :  http://www.bayislandsvoice.com/issue-v5-4.htm

Back to Walker: Biking with the Andersons

September 1, 2016 Posted by Deb

We returned to the scene of the July family reunion, this time to bike with the Andersons. We did manage to rent the same ski boat and used it for touring. There were great lightning shows every night and the days were perfect.

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Family Reunion on Shingobee Bay

August 6, 2016 Posted by Deb

Woodbury RV Park Gathering Place

Woodbury RV Park Gathering Place

The Fleet Pulling into the Cabin

The Fleet Pulling into the Cabin

Saying Hello to the Lake

Saying Hello to the Lake

High Hopes for the SeaRay

High Hopes for the SeaRay

Could Be the Last Run for the SeaRay

Could Be the Last Run for the SeaRay

Next

Next

First Run in 3 Years

First Run in 3 Years

Tricky

Tricky

Lazy Daz on Shingobee

Lazy Daz on Shingobee

Lazy Daz No 2

Lazy Daz No. 2

Squeezing Family & Friends into Old Hippy Van

Squeezing Family & Friends into Old Hippy Van

Trimaran Run

Trimaran Run

Tall Tales On the Deck

Tall Tales On the Deck

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

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

Indian Hoop Dance

September 15, 2014 Posted by Deb

We took one final shot at Shingobee Bay and Walker, MN, in mid-September with a focus on biking the new trails in the area. The biking was excellent but a bit chilly.

We stumbled onto the annual Walker Ethinc Days and, despite the cold weather, there was a decent crowd in town. Deb volunteered to be one of the groupies for the internationally famous hoop dancer that was still within the Walker budget. The Hungarian singers also fit in under the budget. It seemed like a nice event and would have been a major hit if the temp had been about 25 degrees higher.

Walker Ethnic Days

Walker Ethnic Days

Kevin Locke ~ Hoop Dance Demo

Kevin Locke ~ Hoop Dance Demo