A Photo A Week: Attitude

A Star Is Born

 

 

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Lazy Days of Summer

Millenial Mermaid

A bit of Hollywood in a Minnesota Lake

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On the Road Again: Home Again

Road Trip Complete

Home again after 3445 miles (5544 km), 19 days, 9 states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia), 1 wedding, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, 12 nieces and nephews, a grand niece and nephew, 2 extra family from Alexander street, one extra sister from Crookston, a Kokesh gathering, gladiola, several scenic byways, one camping trip, one river headwaters, one trip down memory lane on the University of Minnesota campus, a great visit with friends in Iowa and Ohio, and so much more. Had a wonderful road trip.

End of Day

Some lighter moments

The scariest Paul Bunyan ever. Looks like a serial killer.

Paul Bunyan, Akeley’s Bunyan is the only one kneeling,, Minnesota

Karaoke with camping

Karaoke night at Zorbas on Little Sandy Lake, Minnesota

After The Wedding – Taking Home the Glads (My brother grows them)

After the Wedding

 

 

 

Play Ball

Batter Up

American Legion Baseball, Sioux Falls, SD

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Keeping Cool in Summers Gone By

Chilling at Big Mantrap Lake

My family was large and our summer vacations generally involved camping at a lake in Minnesota. Over the years, our favorite spot changed; when I was in high school, we started going to Big Man Trap Lake, in Hubbard County, Minnesota. It is part of the Paul Bunyan State Forest.  No way is it glamping. It is not fancy. No electricity. No flush toilets. Water from a well. But it is a true Minnesota camp ground. Park Rapids and Itasca State Park are within easy driving distance. I haven’t been “to the lake” since 2008, when we had a sizable gathering including five of my siblings and their kids at least for part of the time. One of my sister’s and our extra sister have gone to Mantrap for a week in August for decades. After my niece’s wedding (the one with the gladiolai) at the end of July, I will spend a week at camping with a couple of my sisters, assorted nieces and nephews, and close family friends. I am looking forward to it. A few shots from trip. (P.S. No one in my family or anyone I ever grew up with called it car camping, which seems filtered into American media and blogging.

A few other favorite shots from an earlier trip in 1981.

Dad, Fishing 1981

Mom, carving loon,1981

Campsite 1981

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Potential

Music to the Ears

Potential

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