Backroads America: A Fisherman and His Dogs

Big Mantrap Lake, Minnesota. Last day at the lake.

Backroads America: Big Mantrap Lake

Beautiful day for our first day camping at the lake.

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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Backroads America, East Durham, NY

Today three of my sisters and I are attending an auction in East Durham, a small town in the Catskills. Mooneys Auctions is a favorite haunt of one of my sisters. The perfect place to find “good stuff.”

The cigar store Indian is a true piece of Americana.

Lots of 18th, 19th, and 20th century goods.

On the Road Again

On a road trip to New York State for family events. Congrats to my nephew, and my sister, on his high school graduation.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Memories

Frank asked us to share favorite memories this week. In honor of what would have been my dad’s 93 birthday yesterday, March 26, I am sharing memories of John Peter Wallace Friederichs, a wonderful, quiet man who loved to fish, hunt, camp, build things, create things, and learn new things. Most of all, he loved his family. I think of him always. He passed away in 1986.

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