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Sep 14, 2017 - Second 24 hours on Amtrak

Amtrak passengers tend to be white middle class retirees. Guys like to talk trains, both actual and model. Gals like to talk grand kids. Imagine my relief when my second set of dinner companions turned out to be a young fellow who works in National Park lodges and goes to Thailand off-season, a female Lutheran pastor from New York, and a parttime Montana rancher who happens to be female as well as a cute divorcee who loves travel. It was fun to talk callings, favorite countries, and grand kids. Or course my breakfast companions were white...

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Not Riding Alone

May 29, 2017 - Trader Joes and Stillwater, Mn

Today started with laundry, checking the air filter on the car and a trip to Trader Joes for supplies for the "frozen" North. The weather was threatening but we decided to visit Stillwater anyway. Jeanine said she would pray for sunshine and sure enough the skies cleared just as we were getting out of the car. Stillwater was as charming as it had looked from the car. There are a number of buildings from the late 1800's with a variety of unique architectural features. I very bravely walked past a bookstore that's been in business for 37...

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May 28, 2017 - St. Croix River, Franconia & Wisconsin

Today's outing was to drive north along the St. Croix River beyond Stillwater, Mn and into Wisconsin. Stillwater was a charming little town that has managed a successful revitalization. Lots of galleries, shops, and cafes are all housed in refurbished pre turn of the last century buildings. I'm hoping the weather will hold off and we get our questing errands (laundry, gas, supplies and reorganizing/repacking) finished in time to go back tomorrow and explore the downtown. Just above Stillwater was an overlook that allowed you to look down...

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May 27, 2017 - Como Conservatory & Indian Mound Park

We began the morning with a couple of errands, picking up a prescription for me and a battery for Ron and then taking a driving tour of his old neighborhood. The photo is of the house on Margaret St. where Ron grew up. Then we went to the Como Conservatory. The parking was just as full as yesterday but fortunately the spaces were taken by family cars and not buses. It worked out great as we were able to get a parking space at the Como Dockside (more later). The walk to the conservatory was maybe half a mile and we needed it after all the...

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May 26, 2017 - St. Paul

Low key day. Breakfast at the Uptown Diner, a classic diner on Lexington in St. Paul that has been in continuous operation since 1937. We drove through the Como Zoo and Conservatory. I'm ok with never visiting another zoo, unless it happens to be one making ground breaking strides in breeding threatened species however the gardens and conservatory looked amazing. http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/sunken-gardens/#/info Unfortunately not only was there nowhere to park, those spaces already taken were occupied mainly by...

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May 25, 2017 - Minnesota

We said goodbye to the lovely Historic Park Inn this morning, although we did lounge around a little later than usual enjoying the room before getting on the road for our last road day for a few days. By design today's drive was short giving us time to visit with Ron's cousin Amine in Montgomery, Mn during the afternoon. We began our visit with lunch at David's Diner a combination gas station and diner run by Mom and Pop or more accurately GrandMom and GrandPop. Then Amine drove us around showing us the highlights of the town. There was...

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Jul 15, 2015 - St. Paul MN (the basket convention!!!)

Hello all...Mike again. Met Judy and Woody at the university yesterday at lunch time. We got the girls moved into their dorm and Woody and I made it to the 3 pm appointment at the Ford truck shop for the "check engine light" resolution. Turns out that when the RV manufacturer cut and then extended the fuel system lines as they were building the RV, they did not use the proper tubing for the extension and that is where the vapor leak was. That has now been replaced at our cost (not Ford's) and the "check engine light" resent (one again!),...

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Takin the Slow Road

Jun 2, 2014 - St. Paul

Well we hit the last state capitol until we hit Juneau. Minnesota has a decent state capitol. It's undergoing renovations, but still was open and had tours. We saw the Assembly room, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. We walked up 65 steps to the Quadriga, a statue of four horses with two women helping. They stand for water, fire, air, and earth. The view from up there is really great, but those circular staircases leave me a little timid coming down. But I made it in one piece. The ceilings are nicely painted. The one I've shown has the...

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Jun 1, 2014 - St. Paul

Well, did we have an experience today; we went to Mall of America. It is 96 acres under one roof, with an amusement park in the middle. So we shopped a little, ate a little (lot for Larry), and walked around a lot. There was a Christopher & Banks that had tops and bottoms in all colors of the rainbow, but I didn't buy any. Aren't I good? They also had a western shop, so Larry got 2 new western shirts, a summer hat, but they didn't have any boots that he was interested in. We looked into one ride, but for the two of us it would have been...

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Jun 1, 2014 - St. Paul/Minneapolis

The thunderstorms were unrelenting during the night, but the weather broke this morning just in time for us to set out for Mall of America – the area’s number 1 attraction. We took in just a few of the 520 stores in the mall, stopped for lunch, and then headed out for our next destination. Bob was a student at North Central University (then North Central Bible Institute) many years ago. So we all checked out the NCU campus in downtown Minneapolis that has been expanded to include about 5 or so city blocks. Stepping inside to visit one of...

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May 31, 2014 - Travel Day

It was another travel day. The country side went from rolling fields to more hills. One thing I loved seeing was the hedges of lilacs blooming and the bunches of phlox that people had planted around their houses. We got in about 5, and just got set up when the heavens opened up! I've never seen it rain so and the wind blew so much we were rocking. Fortunately, it didn't last for very long (the wind), but it rained on and off all night. Too bad to loose that nice weather and blue, blue skies.

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May 31, 2014 - Heading north

May 30th – We had a very uneventful day traveling over 400 miles through my home state of Illinois. It was just as I remembered it, miles of rural flatland, farms with silos of all sizes, and beautiful lush green trees scattered here and there. All I saw of my alma mater was the Illinois State U Redbird painted on a water tower…still, I reminisced as we passed through Bloomington Normal, the place where I received my teaching degree and where Steve and I were married almost 45 years ago. Boondocking used to refer to camping in the woodsy...

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