The Biddies Take a Road Trip

As noted in The 4th (the aftermath), on July 13, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the Callecod sisters, a/k/a, The Biddies, deserted this reporter for a trip to the wilds of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The sisters, native Hoosiers, are precisely two years and one day apart – one arrived on this planet on New Year’s Eve, the other on New Year’s Day.  Rita, the elder, still lives in Indiana – Nashville, Indiana, to be exact.  She is a regular visitor to us here in Vacationland, USA, often in her mini-RV.  She was a school nurse – once named Indiana school nurse of the year – and in that capacity was well aware that head lice are, indeed, the scourge of mankind.

Anyway, Rita had driven Jami and Tommy here from Indiana, and they had already returned home by separate conveyance.  The supervisor thoughtfully thought she should ride home with her older sister to provide company and driving relief, and then train home from Indy.  Plus, they could take the scenic route via the North Shore and then follow Great Lakes shorelines to Indiana.  The supervisor’s favorite new place is Grand Marais – and this would be her 3rd visit there in the last year – and she was anxious to show off this part of the state to Rita.  So, away they went . . .

Duluth was first – a first for Rita.  They were hoping to see the tall ships – but that was either a tanker or a mastless ship, something to do with the weather allegedly:

[“Fan mail from some flounder?”]

[OK, the last two are of Rita either in California, or around Lake Darling . . . I forget which.]

Grand Marias was next; in the midst of a heatwave, cooled to perfection by the big lake:

Then Grand Portage, High Falls, and the Canadian border:

[. . . and the State of Minnesota was closed!]

The girls head south again – stopping at Cross Creek (the cross, logically enough – there’s a long story to that, something about Father Baragras with a canoe full of people not heeding satellite storm warnings some time in the 180o’s (as I recall)) and Gooseberry Falls State Park (again, closed by the state, but Rita got in for her requisite photos):

The girls then crossed over into the northern land of the dreaded Cheese Heads.  This is virgin territory for me, so I’ll have to make it up as I go.  As I recall, there was some mention of a place called Bayfield and a boat ride to the Apostle Islands:

[“Tom’s Burned Out Cafe” on Madeline Island – the following 4 signs are at “Tom’s”]

Then it was on to the eastern edge of the Cheese Heads, territory of some familiarity to this reporter.  Soon we will be making our annual trek to Elkhart Lake, and to the supervisor’s Indiana University alumni camp.  In that neighborhood is Kohler’s famous Whistling Straits Golf Course, home to many major championships – The Biddies checked it out:

[Above:  Rita at Sheboygan Beach; the supervisor on the Sheboygan boardwalk.  Both are famous in song and story as final answers in the “Where in the World is Ruthie?” ongoing contest.]

The girls hit Indiana Dunes State Park where they were overwhelmed by heat and only enjoyed photo ops at what the supervisor called the crown jewel of the Golden Arches:

Then Rita returned to Nashville, an artists’ community, to her artist friends, David and Cynthia Dale, on the left, and Bill and Judy Zimmerman:

And the supervisor came home to help say sayonara to those to whom we bid adieu:

The Biddies thank you for your indulgence.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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2 Responses to The Biddies Take a Road Trip

  1. Linda Zambanini says:

    Tom,
    Show a little respect – that should be “Biddies” with a capital “B”! 😉
    Great travelogue photos of my favorite cousins! Looks like they had a blast!
    Tell Ruthie hello for me!

    Ciao
    Linda

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