Winter III

[Our front doors have since moved on to perform their duties in the kids’ pole barn, 9 miles north of Itasca State Park.]

More Winters In Alexandria.

[A/k/a, the hockey arena]

[17 inches on our bedroom deck.]

[Waist-deep to get down to the lake.]

[Your routine November sunrise over the lake.]

[The maritime museum]

[With Bob & Vivian Annen, our annual (well, for two years) visit to Terrace Mill at Christmas time.]

[Terrace Mill]

[One of my all-time favorites, the “octopus” tree by Dean Melton Park on Fillmore Street.]

[“The Amazon” – the channel between Lakes Cowdry and Darling.]

[The bike trail heading toward the Cowdry-Darling channel.]

[“My winter employment – first established under the WPA as a shovel-ready infrastructure project.”]

[And yet another sun dog.]

[Sun dog!]

[Sun dog!  (OK, borrowed from the StarTribune.)]

[“There’s a snow plow a’ comin’, dear ‘Liza, dear ‘Liza.”]

[Another all-timer – on South Le Homme Dieu Drive by the golf course.]

[The three above all from Noonan Park.]

About tomobert63

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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