Happy 70th To Me! (Day 1, Part 2)

September 2 (still)

[Leaving Pipestone, heading south on Highway 75 again . . . ]

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[Another Bucket List item . . . ]

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[And here are the real live bison . . . ]

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[And, of course, since youngsters are going off to college now, their parents have to say, “Bye, son.”  Oh, you heard that already?]

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[Not a bad view (guess the background city?), with a Halloween tree in the foreground.]

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[Nope, can’t quite make out the name on the water tower.]

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[Meanwhile, back on the hill . . . ]

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[We hiked up to the interpretive center only to find it closed.  I guess we may have misinterpreted something?]

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[A color changed tree . . . ]

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[With leaves that look like flowers.]

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[Either riding thermals (it was a hot, sunny day) or an aged hiker collapsed on a trail.]

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[The Super is off in pursuit of her Quarry . . . ]

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[The goal is attained . . . ]

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[We wanted to get up there – it would require a drive back to where the bison were and then a 2-mile trail hike.  We didn’t have the time, or the desire.]

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[There’s a topless man up there!]

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[Now looking for a place to have lunch . . . ]

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[Luverne revives a lot of childhood memories.  They always seemed to be in the state basketball tourney, so they got a lot of statewide TV coverage back in the day.  Of recent vintage, they have become a bit of a hockey power – the only one from this part of the state.]

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[And not a bad little baseball field.  The high school nickname is the Cardinals, a la Alex.]

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[Another mid-size city downtown that appears to be vibrant.]

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[So, where are we? If you stand here and throw a baseball to the south, it will end up in Iowa; if you throw it to the west, it will end up in South Dakota.  Now you know where we are.]

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[I did mention lunch, right?]

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[Whom amongst us doesn’t enjoy a chocolate malt?]

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[Yes, Mom, I finally made it!]

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[And the house Mom grew up in – she was born in Eau Claire, the family moved to Worthington when she was very young, and at some point in her mid-teens the family moved to Minneapolis where she graduated from Marshall High in 1941 (I think, I wasn’t there).]

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[There was a young man in the garage in the back.  I asked if he’d mind if I took some pictures of his house – I told him my mom grew up here, like 90 years ago.  He smiled and thought that was cool.]

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[Photo of the house by brother Cam in 2010 . . . ]


[And back in the day . . . ]

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[And here’s Mom with her brother Dick (later to become my uncle Dick, though neither of us knew about that at the time).]


[A final shot as we go in search of Worthington.]

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[OK, not likely where the Thompson (Mom’s maiden name) kids went to school . . . ]

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[But this was . . . ]

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[And long ago we learned the cheer:  “Red and black, red and black; Rickety-rack, rickety-rack; Rickety-rye, rickety-rye; Worthington, Worthington, WORTHINGTON HIGH!”]

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[Probably self-explanatory?]

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[An unidentified water tower?]

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[I guess so.]

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[A lovely evening for a drive around the city’s Lake Okabena.]

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[Sunset Park, appropriately enough.]

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[I still don’t see anything on the water tower?]

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[Stock photo]

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[Lake Okabena. It’s only 776 acres (about 3/4’s the size of beautiful Lake Darling), but it hosts . . . the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival — which has drawn sailors, musicians and spectators to Worthington for the past decade. (www.dglobe.com)]

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[“The kids” ate here once (everybody’s been here except us?) and recommended we do as well.]

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[I thought it was an abandoned building, but for some reason the place is closed on Saturdays.]

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[Worthington’s population is 12,800 – about the same size as Alex.  But it had a Daily newspaper since 1872?  Until April of this year, that is, when it changed to a twice weekly Wednesday and Saturday publication.]

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[We still were looking for fine dining – this place looked good right downtown . . . ]

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[El Azteca, with a nice cold Corona . . . ]

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[The Super got a taco salad, I party dip Azteca.  Mmmmmmmmm!]

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Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.  ~ Billie Burke

Up Next:  Birthday, day 2

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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6 Responses to Happy 70th To Me! (Day 1, Part 2)

  1. JamiG4 says:

    I think you enjoyed the malt more than the burger…

  2. G. says:

    Who knew that the terrain in Minnesota is so vastly different in various regions around the state? Iove the prairie the most. Thanks for sharing. Nice photos too!

  3. ALVERNE ANDERSON. Bud and Ruth says:

    Happy birthday Tom

    • tomobert63 says:

      Thanks!! I noticed Jackie Peters was sitting in the stands with her husband at the volleyball game. The program still lists her as an assistant coach. Asked her about it at the ‘Y’ – she should with her new responsibilities at the ‘Y’ she opted to be the middle school coach – and she really likes it! 🙂 BTW, do you know anything about Kay Paschka’s injury?

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