Archive - Jul 2005

July 30th

Shores of Superior

Here is a picture of the waves hitting the shore of Lake Superior. The surf got higher as the day progressed. Lance and I drove up Lutsen Mountain, then up to Grand Marias. They were having boat races with huge crews of men manning oars.

Wedding on the sea



Here is cousin Ben with the Justice of the Peace, who fulfilled her purpose of executing the ceremony while keeping the mumbo jumbo to a minimum. She performed the ceremony while her husband waited in the car. The main problem was getting her up and down the stairs.

July 29th

North Shore, aborted call to the ministry

Hello from Bluefin Bay, about 80 miles up the North Shore Drive from Duluth. Lance and I are attending my cousin Ben's wedding. Lance is the photographer. I am along for the ride--which means four nights at the beautiful Bluefin Bay Resort overlooking Lake Superior. It is quite a place.

July 27th

Birds on the swamp

I have neglected to pass on how much fun I it has been to sit in the crow's nest and watch the birds. There has been a great blue heron hanging around, and this morning there was a pair of them. Tonight, I saw a bird that I have seen a couple of times before--but tonight it was close enough to identify unmistakably as a green heron, which is a very different animal than the blue. Actually, is feathers are rusty on the neck, green on the wings. Beautiful.

The Sibley's bird guide says the green heron is "secretive and solitary." That makes the discovery more fun.

Birds on the swamp

I have neglected to pass on how much fun I it has been to sit in the crow's nest and watch the birds. There has been a great blue heron hanging around, and this morning there was a pair of them. Tonight, I saw a bird that I have seen a couple of times before--but tonight it was close enough to identify unmistakably as a green heron, which is a very different animal than the blue. Actually, is feathers are rusty on the neck, green on the wings. Beautiful.

The Sibley's bird guide says the green heron is "secretive and solitary." That makes the discovery more fun.

Gluten

Here is a story on the increased number of food products available for those who are intolerant of gluten. Both my sister Tracie and brother Joe have gone completely gluten-free after years of suffering digestive problems.

Denver Norskes

Got an email from the Denver, CO branch of the Sons of Norway. They would like me to come speak and sing there September 19 for their "Minnesota Days." That works out well; I will be traveling out west anyway. I had planned to come back sooner, and a different route, but this gives me a good excuse to extend my trip and get paid for it. A guilt free vacation, if it all works out.

Cassio, Raciel and I will be leaving the first of September, working our way through some of the famous landmarks of the west before arriving in San Francisco September 9th.

Twins skid

Randy Johnson shut out the Twins last night. It is always galling to lose to the Yanks. Bret Boone has been a flop. What's more, there's already rumblings that his arrogance is rubbing his teamates the wrong way. He's lost his touch in the field and at bat, but he still seems to think he's a big star. I look for the Twins to get rid of him soon.

July 25th

Day brightener



If a basket of red geraniums glowing in the setting sun doesn't cheer you up...

Rug snag

Friend Dale, an avid hunter, has a bearskin rug made out of the skin of a record-breaking bear he shot with his bow up by Grygla somewhere. His trailer house doesn't have a space large enough to display the rug, so he wondered if I might want to borrow it for a while for use in the Swamp Castle.

Of course, I said sure. It will go right in front of the fireplace.