Happy 70th To Me! (Day 2)

September 3

[After overnighting in Worthington, the plan was for a little more sightseeing, then heading northeast to New Ulm via Highway 60, and then spending the night in New Ulm.  First up, drive by Mom’s old house in the morning . . . ]

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[Downtown Worthington . . . ]

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[Swing by El Azteca again . . . ]

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Strange . . . but true

[This is Larry (with Laura, obviously).  Larry was born in Worthington and lived in the house located one picture below this one.  That house was about 4 blocks from where Mom grew up.  Near as we can figure there was at least a few years overlap between the two families before Mom’s moved to Minneapolis, but they didn’t know each other then.  When the McCoys moved to Alex some 30+ years later, they bought the Obert house (that we built in ’49-50-ish) in 1967 and have lived there ever since.  The house has had the same phone number for 68 years.  And then to cap it off, Larry and I have the same birthday!]

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[McCoy house in Worthington . . . ]

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[Obert house in Victoria Heighs, Alex, c. 1950 . . . ]

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[Obert/McCoy house mid-60’s, yes, we added a 2nd floor in the early 60’s.]

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[Back to current times, we returned to Pupuseria & Restaurant Crystal (remember it was closed on Saturday) to pick up some Salvadoran pupusas for the road.]

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[Adios, Worthington!]

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[On Highway 60 to New Ulm, passing Brewster, population 473.]

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[Highway 60 parallels a railroad track – there are grain elevators every couple of miles.]

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[Maybe the Heron Lake water tower?]

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[Another nice mid-sized town.]

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[And back to the little guys – population here is 87.]

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[And we’re at the next overnight destination . . . ]

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[This is “Weakie’s” (3rd from the left) homtown.]

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[Some nice TOPOGRAPHY heading into town.  The city has a population of 13,522, very Alexandria-like.]

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[Displaying the German heritage.]

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[We were looking for a place to lunch on the pupusas we brought from Worthington . . . ]

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[This was a little park at the base of the road into Schell’s Brewery . . . ]

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[Unfortunately, we should have eaten the pupusas when they were hot and fresh!]

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[Heading out of the park . . . ]

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[And there’s the little covered picnic area where we noshed . . . ]

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[The road up to Schell’s.  It was a Sunday on a holiday weekend.  No chance to find parking anywhere near the place, so we didn’t partake.]

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[A park . . . it says so on the sign.]

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[Our windshield sticker was good to the end of the month . . . ]

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[Hot summer day, holday weekend . . . ]

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[Why was everything closed?]

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[A unique natural swimming pool – never seen such before?]

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[And working our way back to town . . . ]

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[“Weakie” has been eating here for 70 years – always gets the b-b-que ribs, french fries, and cole slaw . . . ]

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[We ordered wine – our server noted that people here drink beer, not wine!  Ha!]

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[We split an order and opted for hashbrowns rather than fries . . . ]

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[Well worth the long considered visit – the cole slaw was the best ever, crispy and vinegar based!]

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[A nice trend we’ve noted in cities this size – downtown corner art.]

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[It’s a clock, it’s a musical clock, it’s a big musical clock with wooden people that pop out of it. … New Ulm’s Glockenspiel is a 45-foot-high musical clock tower with performing animated figures; carillon with 37 bells.  (www.roadsideamerica.com]

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[Where we just dined . . . ]

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[Across the street from where we just dined . . . ]

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[New Ulm history . . .

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[One of these is a real person . . . ]

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[Cool building with a supposedly cool restaurant?]

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[Again, German heritage . . . ]

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[“Weakie’s” favorite radio station because it’s “junk” spelled backwards (I believe for New Ulm Journal?).]

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[We will do a final tour of New Ulm in the morning before heading to Glencoe.]

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Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.  ~  Groucho Marx

Up Next:  Birthday, the actual day!

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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