Thanksgiving

November 20 (a prelude)

It was looking pretty good two days before the road trip . . . 

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November 21 (another prelude)

It was looking pretty good one day before the road trip . . . 

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November 22 (on the road)

Then, the road trip . . . 

[Downtown Alexandria was readied for the season.  The Super and I went to town first to get the evening’s dinner.]

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[Past the usual local landmarks . . . ]

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[Contech, nee Continental Bridge – you’ll see their products in parks and golf courses all over the country . . . ]

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[Go Panthers!]

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[The views from the edge of the prairie . . . ]

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[We knew we would be driving into something – it’s the state law whenever we travel.]

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[The flakes began when we hit the land of the Finns . . . ]

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[Snow snakes!]

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[The sign says Menahga (I think) . . . ]

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[Go home!  Go home!  Save yourselves!]

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[Uffda!]

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[Tee times available immediately . . . ]

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[I guess it’s for real?]

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[Better pull in to Hugo’s for more supplies . . . ]

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[Hello, MnDOT?  Help!]

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[Headlights a comin’ . . . ]

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[I think we’re at Itasca State Park . . . ]

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[Oh, goodie, blind curves ahead!]

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[Through the snow maze . . . ]

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[So be Merry . . . ]

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[The Super trudges through to renew our state park pass.  I, of course, had to stay in the car to document the action . . . ]

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[We’re on the final leg to the Headwaters Hostel . . . ]

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[A sign for the ‘U’ had us thinking U-turn?]

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[There’s a signpost up ahead . . . ]

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[We’re in the driveway . . . ]

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[We made it!!]

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[Settling in, arranging the goodies . . . ]

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[And wine, don’t forget the wine!]

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[Jami and Danny’s internationally-renowned “Harn” is 9 miles north of the north entrance to the park.  This makes the hostel a terrific place to meet for the holiday – you may recall we did this last year?  And here are the Two Guys pizzas we brought up from Alex – Jami’s gluten-free.]

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November 23 (Thanksgiving)

[I began Thanksgiving Day with a hostel video . . . ]

[The Super prepares the beverage for the holiday meal.  Was it just a coincidence that we first met in the “Astoria” condominium in Arlington, Virginia, 30 years ago?]

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[Last year we had a sixsome including, not before known, Connie and Fred from Alex. This year we were joined by “the kids'” friends, Angie and Jeff.]

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[All the food products seen here and devoured during the meal were organically grown on their respective properties, including Jeff’s turkey.  Well, Ruthie said her corn dish was store bought (our crop didn’t come in this year).]

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[Darn, forgot the chestnuts!]

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[OK, none of the participants grew the bread . . . ]

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[Is that an albino buffalo?]

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[Jami’s squash and potatoes, Angie made the gravy . . . ]

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[Why do I always get clean-up?  Ha (they say)!]

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[Let the gourmandization begin!]

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[Mmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . ]

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[Skol, y’all!]

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[After all that, we’d better go for a walk – it was a gorgeous evening . . . ]

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[Heading down to the lake, one can barely see the hostel – with leaves on the trees, impossible.]

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[Beautiful, as we approach Lake Itasca . . . ]

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[We were overdressed, expecting colder weather . . . ]

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[The lake is iced over.  Danny and Jami have friends who have already been fishing out there . . . ]

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[A personal favorite of Jami, wine toasting the winter . . . ]

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[The canoes will have a 6-month respite . . . ]

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[Love the wilderness feel . . . ]

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[Otherwise swimming was under consideration . . . ]

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[Good night sun, see you in the morning . . . ]

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[And, of course, you know who won.  Never mess with Grandma!  “Trailer Park Wars” was a laugh riot!]

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November 24

[We hadn’t been up to the Harn for a long time.  They had lots of work to do on their place this summer, as did we preparing for our eventual house sale.]

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[This is their new wood shed they built this year.  I forget how many cords Danny said it will hold.  They heat with wood in their rocket stove.]

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[They’ve done more stuff in the yard, basically turning it into a food production lot.]

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[The product of the little housewife on the prairie.  Jami and Danny have really gone basic pioneer.  Here Jami has roasted a huge pumpkin, and then bags enough of the innards to make a couple dozen pumpkin pies.]

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[Woo-woo, this is fun!]

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[Part of the pumpkin.]

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[Recordkeeping . . . ]

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November 25 (heading home)

[A day of warmth and some rain has disappeared the snow . . . ]

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[Back again through Park Rapids . . . ]

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[And Sebeka . . . ]

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[Past the baled fields . . . ]

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There is no sincerer love than the love of food.  ~  George Bernard Shaw

Up Next:  We’re in the winter sports season.

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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4 Responses to Thanksgiving

  1. G. says:

    Love all the photos. Felt like I was traveling along with you and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells along the way. Great time of the year.

  2. Mark Brown says:

    No football? Really enjoyed this comprehensive report. Eagles, swans, geese, beautiful. Video turn of hostel displays Tom’s talents. Our donuts from the Fractured Prune in Ocean City were good, but don’t compare to the home grown pumpkin.

  3. JamiG4 says:

    My favorite photos? “Better pull in to Hugo’s for more supplies…” AND the one of Dan at Pizza Time. BWAHAHAHA! Actually I love the one of us all at dinner. No photos of Bill and Connie at the Harn – you must have really been enjoying that foot massager! 😀

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