BWCA canoe trip.

I was on a canoe trip in Minnesota’s boundary water canoe area (BWCA) for several days this week. Every year a group of my high school friends gets together for a trip. This year we expanded our group a bit by including a couple other folks from the area so we ended up with a group of 9 people. We had decent weather with some l...

Woodchuck Haven

Last winter I noticed an animal path under one of our sheds at our cottage. A few weeks ago I spotted the animals that created the path….a woodchuck family. I came out one morning to find a young woodchuck (a pup?) walking down the roadway. The next thing I knew it there were four others joining along, as well as the mother woo...

Donkey Basketball

Last weekend Ellen and I were up at our lake cottage getting things ready for fishing season and summer fun. It was rather cold with snow off and on most of the day Friday….not really the spring weather we had earlier. We often like to participate in local events when we are at our cottage and this weekend was a fun one….donk...

Wurst Days

Over the Memorial Day weekend Ellen and I were at our cottage in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. We noticed that Mahtowa was holding their annual ‘Wurst Days’ event and thought it would be fun to stop by. Mahtowa is located west of I-35 just south of Carlton, Minnesota. Mahtowa has a wonderful country store that makes its ...

Willow River Days

  Ellen and I spent the weekend at our cottage in the Pine/Carlton County area. On Saturday we went to Willow River for Willow River Days. In spite of some rather rainy periods we had a fun time at this small town Minnesota event.

The main feature is of course the parade. There were lots of entries including trucks f...

Naniboujou Lodge

Last week Ellen and I spent a couple of days away from Northfield. One of our stops was at the Naniboujou100_4363c Lodge north of Grand Marai...

Fall Bounty

Last weekend Ellen and I spent time at our lake cottage and in the Carlton County area. It was a superb weekend with bright sunny days, cool evenings and warm days. Perfect time for a fall break in Minnesota. The previous weekend we headed down to Mantorville. On both these weekends farmers were out in force harvesting crops. It i...

Groundhog Day

Since it is groundhog day today, I thought I would share photos of my own 'personal' groundhog. This little family decided to take up residence under the workshop shed at my lake cottage. The mother was quite protective of her five little babies. The babies were very inquisitive about the comings and goings around the shed, but alway...

Granite Buildings

Over the weekend Ellen and I were in St. Cloud. As we walked around downtown St. Cloud it was enjoyable to see th amount of granite used in their buildings. St. Cloud is known as 'Granite City' due to the amount of granite mined in the area. I read that at one time there were 19 very active quarries nearby. Cold Spring Granite remain...

Lake Cottage….and Ma and Pa Kettle

I was at our worksite in the Carlton County area over the weekend. The carpenters made good progress on framing the walls and roof of the new expansion on the lake cabin we are working on. A new room is extending out from the existing log cabin about 15'. This room has conventional wall framing that will join up to the existing log w...