We had company, the last day . . .

[Ever wanting to be fair & balanced, in our continuing “there” series, here’s Basketball Dan’s visit to Germany this summer, shot out the window of his B&B.]

I did not tell you the whole story of the previous day.  It was so much fun for everyone, with great weather, we didn’t want to end on a downer.  Obviously, as people of age, we had hoped to be home before nightfall.  The excitement of Dorset delayed our return.  By the time we hit Carlos Corners and turned onto Co. Rd. 42, it was dark.  The supervisor was driving – and ever the worrywart told everybody to keep an eye out for deer.  Two minutes later, “Boom,” a small deer ran into the driver’s side headlight.  Ruthie was aghast – she never saw it.  All were fine inside the car.  We called 9-1-1 (I don’t think it’s required?) and the sheriff came out and wrote up an accident report for the insurance company.  There was damage to the headlight, right front fender, and driver’s side door – a mere $2,700 to repair (good thing it wasn’t a BIG deer). I took photos the next morning.

[Well, you get the idea.  The supervisor didn’t sleep well and was still upset in the morning.  Not a good time to show her the staining job we were having done while we were gone.  It turned out to be a lot . . . LOUDER than we thought.  So we were upset again.  Once it “cooled” off, we actually started to like and it looked better once the whole house was done.]

[Looked a lot like redwood instead of teak but now it’s OK.]

The groundbreaking for the new high school was at 1:00.  I wanted to go – cub reporter responsibilities and all that.  😉  We all had lunch together, then the ladies went shopping (just a guess?) and Scott and I went out for the ceremony.

[In two years a new high school will be on this site.]

[Assembling for the ceremony.]

[Do you have a hall pass?]

[The parking lot – the curbing for the green areas is already in.]

[While the speakers prepared, Scott reviewed the site plans.]

[Superintendent Terry Quist – a big round of applause for marshalling this plan through!]

[Goal posts?]

[Mayor Dan Ness, who noted he did not graduate from Jefferson . . .]

[But from Central High School, Jefferson’s predecessor!  (In the name of full disclosure, this correspondent went to Central when it was a mere junior high.)]

[School board member, Dave Anderson]

[High school principal, Chad Duwenhoegger]

[Teacher Sara Kosters]

[Teacher Tom Smith, who, like me, was almost overcome by the thought of finally a new high school.  This complete and total coverage provides the historical background for cyber-archeologists.]

[Let the groundbreaking begin!]

[Today’s sophomores, the first class to graduate from the new high school in 2015.]

[With teachers and staff.]

[Jill Johnson, the school communications coordinator, coordinating.]

[With the superintendent and school board.]

[OK moms and dads, get in line!]

[If only we could get them to do their chores at home?]

[Cub reporter showing off his photographer’s eye.   😉 ]

[The designers and builders.]

Although the Grape Stomp at the winery beckoned, it was everyone’s last afternoon.  As lake lovers, they decided a final cruise of beautiful Lake Darling was the best way to end their vacation.

[The “new look” house from the lake.]

[A first for me – a pontoon pushing a dock across the lake.]

[Scott and his moment of Zen.]

[Rita and mirror water.]

[Scott and his moment of sun Zen.]

[“House sold” name still did not have wine waiting for us on the dock?]

[The signature vacation photos as we wrap up the cruise.]

[Rita says, “I have to get back home to catch up on my sleep!  These vacations are killers!”]

[Ta-ta beautiful Lake Darling!]

[Packing to leave – spreading the blog over NE Indiana . . .]

[Rita thinks she knows the way to the interstate . . .]

[Time to start washing bed linens . . .]

About tomobert63

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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