Cruisin’ I

OK, we’ve been away for while.  It was time to escape the heat and humidity of Minnesota for the heat and humidity of Florida and the Caribbean.  Yeah, our timing was off by a tad.  (To the best of my knowledge, the length of a “tad” has never been scientifically determined.)  But it was the time of the year in which we Minnesotans usually endure the change of seasons – and the winter sports season is over – so we . . . leave!  [Need to look into getting a Brazilian on those eyebrows! – A sister-in-law (The editor will admit to cultivating the Edward Teller look.)]

And this year was also the last spring break for the grandson before he matriculates to Purdue next year.  So, the cruise was his idea – and grandma and grandpa decided to horn in on the party.  The ultimate group, as pictured above, included Tom’s parents and The Biddies!

I can hear you now – what does the Belgrade Crow have to do with any of this?  Well, initially, for some reason the Crow was one of the few “highlights” in this part of the continent I had yet to capture in pixels.  But also it was on the way to the Cities where our adventure would begin . . . and, as previously noted, the winter sports season had just ended with the boys’ state basketball tournament . . . and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa had just been crowned class A state champs, an undefeated season (their only loss last year was in the state championship game) . . . and for some reason a number of subscribers to this site have ties to Brooten and Elrosa.  So, for all of you, the following is the B-B-E high school in Belgrade.

The next logical stop, of course, was Como Park . . . in St. Paul.

We were joined on this adventure by brother Cam, who is now working on his second college degree – this time majoring in “growing green things.”

[The supervisor said, “Our yard could look like this if you would be the laborer, grounds maintenance guy!”]

[Cam proved to be a good guide as he knew the common names of almost all the plants (though he will admit the scientific names are a work in progress).  Here he and the supervisor stand in front of the proposed new Japanese gardens, designed by the Cuningham Group.  Cam’s wife, Karen, works for the Cuningham Group.  The Cuningham Group also designed the new Alexandria high school.  There’s that Kevin Bacon thing again!]

[Through no fault of his/her own, his/her species name has negative connotations when used to describe homo sapiens sapiens.]

[Closer-than-you-think relatives, particularly on bad hair days.]

Then it was on to the annual flower show at Macy’s, initially established way back when by Dayton’s.

[We then left “Wisteria Lane” (she watches, not me) and went outside for a visit with MTM.]

[ . . . it all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California.]

OK, I hear you.  I thought this was going to be about a cruise, and you haven’t even left Minnesota yet?  But every journey begins with just a single step.  The supervisor and I then motored to our overnight accommodations where we had our usual travel difficulties.  We made motel reservations close to the airport for our early morning flight – and were told at the time of those reservations we could leave our car there free of charge.  Of course, when we checked in we were told there is a $105/week charge for leaving the car!  After a sleepless night, the supervisor resolved the issue in our favor the following morning.  The car was still there upon our return, but that’s a story for the end of our saga . . .

[Please stay tuned for the continuing cruisin’ adventures of grandma and grandpa.]

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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