October Pontooning

[Bob Longfellow (see “Please Bare* With Me”) took this photo, of the Lake Carlos property (it’s a new house) where he grew up, as he flew out of town after homecoming weekend.]

On Sunday, as a series of beautiful days continued, we invited neighbors to the south, Arnie and Jo, and neighbor to the north, Dangerous Dan, to join us on what would possibly be the last venture by the Moby Obie for the year.  It was also only the Moby’s 4th such trip of the year.  Incredibly, after record or near-record precipitation amounts for winter, spring, and summer, last month set a record for the driest September in history – and that is continuing into October.  The once predicted great fall color season has been tampered somewhat because of absence of rain.

[The day before the pontoon ride, small birds came to gorge on our European mountain ash berries.  The tree was full of such birds, I believe they were eagles, until they detected my movement inside the house, though I tried to hide behind a lamppost.]

[Dangerous Dan and Arnie at the prow of the Moby.  Arnie gave up the Vikings game (though that’s a relative term) to enjoy the great weather.]

[Darling Heights Place waterfront]


[More Darling Heights Place waterfront]



[Hay bales protecting property during the high water levels – the recent “drought” has reduced lake levels by at least 18 inches.]

[The Fieldhammer property is under recovery.]

[Lake Darling landmark]

[Darling-Carlos channel – we could finally get through it again.]

[Little Darling West shore]

[Color on Lake Carlos]

[Beginning of a series of photos on Lake Carlos.]

[Longfellow property that inspired Bob to submit the aerial shot.]

[Loons.  During most of the season they are solitary birds – or just a nuclear family of mom, dad, and the kids.  At this time of year, they begin to cluster in preparation for migration.  We ran across a group of 20 or so on this day.]

[Carlos State Park]

[The Long Prairie River exiting out of Lake Carlos.  This is the drainage for the chain of lakes, and during the high water times of this summer was probably producing Class 5 rapids!]

[Carrington House]

[Carlos-Le Homme Dieu channel]

[“Hey, Crazy Dave, how are the Vikings doing?”]

The next day:

[As Mary and Crazy Dave prepare for their southern migration this week, they invited us over to the other side of Lake Darling to watch the sun set.]

[The sunset vantage point – the supervisor, Mary, and Mariah Wirth, who is related to the Owens through the convoluted Camp Ballentine kinship system.]

[A reminder of early October two years ago.]

Coming soon – yet another visit to the North Shore.  And if more photos of Gooseberry Falls doesn’t light your fire, a certain fan of questionable judgment has requested a blog reprise of the Alaska cruise of three years ago!

Alaska teaser?

[Prior to the high school bond referendum last week, the most nervous I can recall being of recent vintage was trying to stay awake to photograph Mt. McKinley at midnight on the summer solstice.  My circadian rhythm dictates that I be in La-la Land from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Emptying a tray of ice cubes in my shorts every 15 minutes did the trick – I did it!]

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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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