The Day After . . .

Now that I am officially less than one year from signing up for Medicare, I’m in the protected age group that looks forward to a visit to Lowry.  Winding down from the excitement of the holiday-birthday three-day weekend, the supervisor and I determined a road trip was required because it is (and will be for the next week!) another beautiful day here in Vacationland USA.  Some people go to Venice, some to the Greek Islands – we go to Lowry.  Lowry is more convenient.  I had never been to Lowry before – it’ really not that far away, maybe 15 miles south and a little west of here.  It has a population of about 250.  The following photo pretty much captures the downtown – their grocery store on the main street is closed, meaning they probably go to Starbuck for food.  But I captured another watertower in the state of Minnesota, meaning I only have several thousand to go.

[Our first view of Lake Minnewaska, as we came into Starbuck (pop. 1,300) on the west side of the lake.]

The Starbuck waterfront has a nice beach, a big park, and a band shell.  Considering it was a beautiful day and a national holiday, we were amazed at the total lack of activity?

[A view of Lake Minnewaska from the south side – 270th street (or avenue) as I recall.]

[The southside of Minnewaska, heading east past Peter’s Sunset Beach Resort, toward Glenwood.  A bad storm hit this area about a month ago – lots of trees down, lots of damage.  The clean-up is pretty much complete.  The above photo is the reincarnation of the world-famous Lakeside Ballroom.]

[Also world-famous – the lone stoplight in Pope County, at the main intersection in Glenwood.]

[We noshed on DQ BBQ at a public access – Torgie’s Restaurant across the way.]

[New (to me) – a statue of a Native American of the feminine gland, as Col. Sherm Potter would say.  Just up from the Lakeside Ballroom – no indication of who she is or who the sculptor is?]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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