When Autumn Leaves . . .

[Looking out my bedroom window . . .]

Last weekend was a gorgeous weekend for leaf viewing.  I took a few photos around the yard on Saturday, and on Sunday we took the Moby Obie out for its final ride of the year (and forever?).  It was almost too hot Sunday – the temperature was in the 80’s.  We had promised Pris and Paul Fieldhammer, who had taken their boat out earlier, we would take them for a leaf cruise; and we owed Beryl and Don Waldeland more than just a boat ride.  Beryl and Don drove over, we launched the Moby, and picked up the Fieldhammers in route.  There was lot going on that day – Paul kept us apprised of what was going on both in the Ryder Cup (a loss) and the Vikings’ game (a win) with his new iPhone (I think that’s what it was?).

We weren’t sure how long we would stay out, or how far we would go, but Ruthie packed a lunch and all did a BYOB.  The water levels are really low – we had to rock the Moby out of its lift before anyone could get aboard.  And we were concerned about the depth of water in Darling-Carlos channel – but it was fine.  So we slowly motored all the way to Carlos State Park on the North end of Lake Carlos – and I think all the lake photos are on Carlos.

[Our patio is a tad overcrowded.   We had to bring all the furniture down from the decks when they were stained and didn’t see any point of putting them back as the season’s over.  The European mountain ash in the foreground looks good though!  😉 ]

[Neighbors Jo and Arnie Lee’s Norwegian red maple – spectacular every year!]

[A first peak at the house’s new stain job.  Our bedroom deck – a great place to sun bathe au naturel, if one were so inclined.]

[The red maple in our driveway circle.  It is now totally red – I’m waiting for good lighting!]

[It’s now Sunday and we’re out on Lake Darling.  A guy placing duck decoys – right in front of Arrowwood?]


[On Carlos, approaching Blakes-by-the-Lakes.]

[The supervisor decided she could still work on her tan.]

[“Donley” Point]

[Approaching “Donley” Point.]

[The guys said the water was fine.  This is the “take-out” process.]

[Anyone home?]

[Let’s go tubing now, everybody’s learning how . . .]

[Looking north on Carlos.]

[Pris, the supervisor, and Beryl discussing something totally different from what the boys in the back of the boat were discussing as we’re driving to the northern side of Carlos.]

[2/3’s (?) of the way up the eastern shore of Carlos.]

[(I coulda been golfing!)]

[Now that’s colorful!  🙂 ]

[That, too!]



[Now heading back south down the western shoreline.]

[Classic wood boat.]

[Normally identifiable by a 49ers’ flag.]

[Big water]

[Paul provides perspective.  Don apparently was not considered photo-worthy.  Apologies.]

[That point on the western shore across the lake from the Carlos-Le Homme Dieu channel.  We were out for almost three hours and must have then been in a hurry to get home.  This was the last on-the-lake photo.]

[Docked back home – the Lee’s Norwegian red maple again.]

[Looking north up our shoreline.]

[The Moby back in its resting place.]

[SE Lake Darling]

[The home from lake level.]

[“Dangerous” Dan’s boats are in.]

[The pontoon and dock came in on Wednesday.]

[Good-bye to Lake Darling until next spring.  (Drat, still have to take in the lake pump.)]

[Climbing up to the house.]

[Planning on putting on the market next year . . .  It’s time to downsize.]

[Our basswood on the South side of the house – tallest tree on the lake?]

[The Lee’s Norwegian red maple “points” to a fisherman.]

 [Our front yard garden’s clump birch.]

[“Dangerous” Dan’s tree.]

[The supervisor’s front door garden – since lost to the first frost.]

We’ll wrap up this year’s version of “Autumn Leaves” with the above contribution from the HQ on Lake Minnetonka.  Thanks, Kath!  🙂  Obviously inspired by the cub reporter, she has been entering photo contests!

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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