Music . . . and Lake Darling

It’s been a beautiful week here in Vacationland USA!  🙂  So, beautiful in fact that those who measure such things say the lake levels have gone down 9 inches!  Accordingly, on Friday the supervisor thought it a good idea to take the Moby Obie out for a tour of the lake (above).  It was only our 3rd venture out this season (we previously did July 3 & 4).  And among our lake tour photos, we’ll sprinkle in a few videos from The Salty Dog’s (Erik Schultz (guitar) and Tom Mulder) performance at the winery yesterday (a good choice as I then did not have to suffer through Golden Gopher football!).  But first, a few reminders of where we were:

[Our riprap on August 5th – almost covered to the top.  Normal levels expose at least 6 feet of sloping riprap!]

[John Herdan captured Arrowwood on August 27.]

[Al Grundei’s photo of the beach at Carlos State Park on July 4th reflects the affect of the government shut down.]

[Leaving Arrowwood in our rear.]

[Cruising by the Fieldhammer’s, “Rock” was sitting outside – the water has finally receded from their front yard.]

The Salty Dog’s “Hallelujah”:

[Scanning out to the point from the Fieldhammer’s.]

The Salty Dog’s “Tomorrow’s the Day My Bride’s Gonna Come”:

[“No Wake” has been the high water order of the day.]

The Salty Dog’s “The Boxer”:

[Many will recognize this house (“on Golden Pond”) – at the end of the Bug-A-Boo Bay road.  A relative to the Camp Ballentiners, a basement is being put in.]

The Salty Dogs “Wagon Wheel”:

[The Moby churns for home.  A highlight of trip was seeing a woman pulling a large garbage can down the entire length of the Camp Ballentine entry road.  Upon further approach, we recognized her to be Mary Owen.  When asked where’s Crazy Dave, she replied he was inside lying down.  Way to go, Crazy!]

Patchouli’s “Absinthe”:

[Submitted by Sue Elliot from Vinnie Flynn from their recent performance at Minnehaha Park.]

The Velines “You’re Not the One for Me”:

[For the Flaigs, whom we ran into at the winery yesterday.  Bobby Vee’s nephew, Matt Veline (guitar); Matt’s wife, Julie; and Tommy Vee, Bobby’s son.]


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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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