Friday, June 23, 2017

Last Fall: Time to Burn

Last fall I decided to pick up a new lens for my camera.   I believe these were the first images I took with it.

I was burning some leaves and brush along the river.

I rather liked the images.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meet Cody from Rowan Lake Lodge

Rowan Lake Lodge is a fly in lodge that specializes in trophy fishing in Nestor Falls, Ontario.

That sounds so fun!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wrapping up the Sportsman's Show

I guess I had a little detour and lost my place.   Good thing I found my way back!

The gentleman above was walking around in this complete fur outfit.  It has to be horribly warm.  But, he was posing for photos, for a fee that went to disabled vets.   I was more than happy to contribute.

I think it was some sort of Sasquatch costume.   But, I can't be sure.  It was pretty cool, though!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Dad

Thank you for being a kind and loving father. 

I always knew you were trying to do your best to raise us.  And, some of it even stuck. 

Thank you

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Riderless Horse

There isn't much to say about this.  It signifies the loss of the rider.

I first saw it at President Kennedy's funeral.  I was pretty young.  But, I remembered this well.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Woman Vet from WWII

This woman was one of two WWII women veterans marching.

I never got her name.  But her family was there and have my contact information.   I wanted to give them this photo. 
She was intensely proud of her service.   And, she should be.

It was lovely meeting you.

And thank you.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Freedom Fighters from Cambodia

It was an honor to see the Khmer Veterans marching in the Memorial Day parade.

They gave up everything in their fight for freedom.

I suspect many people have forgotten their contribution and sacrifice.  We should never forget those who fight beside us.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fort Snelling: A Participant

Meet Bettie Lou

When I first saw her, she was walking very slowly toward the parade route.  It was a long walk.  She was alone.   After I did a few more photos, I saw her sitting on a bench away from the crowd.   So, I asked if I could take her photograph.  She smiled and said, "Goodness, yes!"

I asked if she was OK.  She said she can't walk far.  She said that she usually goes to a different cemetery on Memorial Day....where her parents are buried.  But, this was her first time at Fort Snelling on Memorial Day.

I asked her why she was here today.

She started to cry and said that she had buried her husband here two months ago.

The second photo was taken just a few seconds after that.

Later I caught up to her as I was walking to my car.  And, I asked her again if she needed any help.   She thanked me and said she was fine.

She is a strong, proud, and classy woman.  It was my sincere pleasure to meet her.

Thank you Betty Lou for your graciousness and your strength. You are an example for us all.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fort Snelling: Wounded Vets

 About 10 people were in the group that carried this banner.

 It was a great honor to meet and visit with them before the parade.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fort Snelling: Labor Day. Leading the Parade

Just before the parade started, I managed to walk in front of the line up.

The various parade participants were lining up.  It wasn't a long parade.  But, various groups where there, if even in small numbers. 

We have a neighbor that joined the Navy right after high school.  He's currently training to be a Seal.  I don't know if he will make it.  But, he is a credit to his family and his country.

It was my privilege to be there.

Thank you to all who served and who are currently serving.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day: 2017

May we never forget the sacrifices made by to many.

And, may we never give up the ground they shed blood to defend.

Bob, I will see you this week.  I promise.  I know, I have been lax.    You are just to the left of where I took this photo.  I will be able to find you. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Custom Log Furniture!

Meet Misti Rose!

She has been building custom log furniture for 20 years! She does beautiful work.  Check out her website here.

Thanks Misti!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lake Time Magazine

Meet Megan!

 And meet Christina!

And together!

They publish a wonderful quarterly magazine called Lake Time Magazine.  It focuses on all the wonderful things in North Central Minnesota. 

If you want to find something to do in North Central Minnesota, check out their magazine here!

Thank you ladies!  You were both delightful!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lake Lady Customer Fishing Rods

Meet Kris!

He makes custom fishing rods.  And, they are stunningly beautiful.  The photo below doesn't do them justice!

To capture them properly, I need better lighting and a tripod to get close enough to capture the detail.

Thanks Kris!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Friends from Wyoming!

Meet Beth!

And meet Kendra!

These two lovely ladies are from the Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch.  This is both a working and hunting ranch.   That means you get to do real chores!  Or, you can go hunting!  There are 10,000 acres to enjoy.  For more on their beautiful ranch in Wyoming, click here!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Friends from the North: Manitoba!

Meet James!

He is from Wallace Lake, Manitoba and comes to Minneapolis for the Sportsman's Show every year.   If you are curious, Wallace Lake is about 3 hrs from Winnipeg.   I may need to check it out.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fishing in Alaska!

Meet Mark!

He had the best name for a fishing charter that I've seen.  He is the owner of Happy Hookers Charters out of Kodiak Island, Alaska.  And, he brought fish to fry!   It was awesome!

Nice meeting you Mark!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More Fishing Charters!!

Meet Dave!

He is from Princess Marissa Sport Fishing out of Port Washington, Wisconsin.  It does not appear that I will have any difficulty finding a good fishing charter!

Nice meeting you Dave!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fishing Charters Anyone?

Meet Bryan!

He is from Kinn's Fishing charters out of Wisconsin.  I've been tinkering with the idea of a fishing charter with my grandson this year.   I may be reaching out to Bryan!

Thanks Bryan!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Friends from Atikokan!

Meet Tammy

 And meet Barry!

They are from Camp Quetico!  It is just outside of Atikokan, Ontario.  And you are surrounded by wonderful fishing lakes!

I used to guide canoe trips into the BWCA and Quetico Provincial Forest.  I always wanted to paddle into Atikoken and never did.  I may need to drive there!

Thanks for visiting with me.  I thought your resort was fantastic!

Friday, May 12, 2017

More Canadian Friends!

Meet Karla!

She is from Clarks Resort.  They have 3 drive-in camps in NW Ontario.  And, they also have 20 fly-in cabins as well.

Just as I snapped her photo, her husband Wayne showed up with food!  So, meet Wayne!

My sincere thanks!  It was lovely meeting both of you!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

From Way up in Canada!

Meet Bobby!

He is from Indian Head Fishing Lodge in N. Saskatchewan.  If you aren't familiar with Canadian geography, that is very near the NW Territories.  That's a LONG ways up there.  He is actually a US citizen and winters in S. Carolina.   There are no roads up there.  You need to fly in.   And, he likes getting out of there by October.   After that, it just gets cold and nasty!

He told me to try Saskatoon berries sometime.  I told him that I have.  And that's the best jam/jelly I've ever had. 

Nice meeting you Bobby!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Houseboats for Rent!

I've thought about doing this for a while, now. 

Meet Dick from Northernaire Houseboats out of International Falls, MN

Yes, that's right.  International Falls is the ice box of the nation.  And, there are some beautiful lakes on the boundary with Canada. Dick rents them out, gives you a map, and lets you explore them in a fantastic houseboat that can sleep anywhere from 6-12,

It does sound like fun to me!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

More Real Estate!

Meet KC.

She also is from the Nisswa area and works in the same real estate office.  She is passionate about life and loves soaking it up every day!

It was lovely meeting you KC!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sportsman's Show: Real Estate for Sale!

You can't have a Sportsman's Show without someone selling real estate.  After all, what can be better than having your own acreage to hunt, fish, escape the turmoil of normal life!

Meet Pat from Kurilla Real Estate in tropical Nisswa, Minnesota

I must admit, I have been thinking about this for a while.  Having a nice quiet place in the woods is quite tempting!

I may be reaching out to you, Pat!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Life o' Riley

Meet Rock!

Rock is the owner of Life O Riley Resort in Norwegian Bay on Lake Vermillion.   I spent some portion of my life near there about 100 yrs ago.  It's beautiful country and great fishing!

In fact, I used to scuba dive and retrieve motors and fishing rods for some extra money.

Nice meeting you Rock!

Friday, May 5, 2017

The 2017 Sportsmans Show. Hunting Big North American Game

Meet Dave!

Dave is from National Forest Hunts in Colorado. If you are wondering, that's in the SW corner of Colorado.  That's a beautiful area. 

Nice meeting you Dave!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

As Long as I am not Focusing on People

It was time to burn some of the native growth

It was a very nice day for burning.   Very little wind. 

The brush had been piled up all winter and was reasonably dry.

I was looking forward to the smell of smoke.

And, I got to try out a new lens!

OK...back to people tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Want to Buy a Cool Car!

I am pretty sure you would be the only one on your block to own this 1959 BMW 600.

OK, I know this isn't a person.  But, it is very cool  It was my birthday yesterday, if anyone is feeling generous. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Today is my Birthday

Yup...that's me hard at work pulling my little brother around.  

No wonder I have knee and shoulder pains today!  Mom and Dad were working me even back then!

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Visitor from S. Dakota

Meet Harold!

Harold was visiting from S. Dakota!  He was representing Midwest Outdoor Resorts and Campgrounds.   They have 4 total campgrounds in S Dakota and MN.  And, he was having a great time at the auto show!

Thanks Harold!