Archive for June, 2008

June 17 TOURISTS IN TOWN

Friday, June 20th, 2008

We took the commuter train from Robert’s hometown, Hinsdale (a suburb of Chicago), into the city to play tourist for the day. Chicago is so much cleaner and prettier than we remember from our teenage days playing and shopping in the city. We walked from Union Station to the lakefront and saw Buckingham Fountain start up at 8am! We continued our walk past the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, then along the harbor filled with sailboats to Navy Pier. From there we backtracked to Millenium Park and the train station for our return train ride and got home for lunch!

Buckingham Fountain dwarfed by the ever changing and growing Chicago skyline.

The Field Museum has an appropriate exhibit for the weather we’ve experienced this spring!

Grant Park with the Sears Tower in the background.

A Four Masted Schooner docked at Navy Pier. Available for tours on Lake Michigan.

“The Bean” also known as Cloud Gate, at Millenium Park on Michigan Avenue. We’re reflected somewhere on the shiny surface.

An amazing Fountain/Sculpture at Millenium Park. The faces projected on the glass block ‘screen’ change periodically, and the water spouts only when the lips are pursed. About 25, 000 Chicagoans were photographed to get 5,000 usable images. Water also cascades down the front and sides and falls to a shallow pool that children were playing in.

June 5 MARCHING FOR PEACE

Friday, June 20th, 2008

We joined the Winona Area Peacemakers for their weekly Thursday afternoon vigil to protest the war in Iraq. We expressed an emphasis on taking care of business here at home such as failing infrastructure!

A few of the 17 ‘marchers’ who showed up this Thursday. The Winona Area Peacemakers are part of a larger organization United for Peace and Justice. (Learn about them by clicking on the name.)

June 4 BRIDGE WALK

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

On our Monday walk across the bridge into Wisconsin we saw the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation trucks with long booms apparently inspecting the structure.

Robert scoffed at me when I expressed concern on the narrow walkway as semi trucks rumbled past, inches away, and the bridge vibrated. But I guess my concerns were warranted on Wednesday!

June 2 HOUSE BOATS

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

We took a long walk on the bridge across the Mississippi onto Latsch Island, a wildlife sanctuary, and into Wisconsin. The house boats lining the banks were picturesque, but how do they deal with the mosquitoes?

May 30 WINONA, MN

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

A three and a half day drive across six states got us to Winona, Minnesota, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river, to visit with family. In true midwest form, the weather was hot and muggy with thunderstorms and tornadoes threatening. Over the weekend we did some sightseeing across the river in Wisconsin. On Saturday night we had a great walleye dinner at the Hillside Fish House near Fountain City and some fantastic bloody marys at The Golden Frog Tavern in the heart of Fountain City on Sunday morning. In between the two we stopped at the abandoned farm house that once belonged to my maternal great grandparents. They ran a ‘truck’ farm and provided fresh produce year round by means of a big greenhouse they heated with a woodstove. The farm is gone as is the greenhouse, but the house and an old barn still stand. (If you click on ‘The Golden Frog’ above you will see a view of the tavern when perhaps my great grandfather, emigrant from Germany, frequented the establishment!)

A view of Winona with the bump of Sugarloaf, the only registered mountain in Minnesota, to the left and the Winona County Courthouse on the right.

May 26 FLEET OF FLOWERS

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

We attended the world famous Fleet of Flowers Ceremony in Depoe Bay on Memorial Day. It was drizzly with a cold wind, but we braved it (except for Louie, the puppy) until it was obvious the Coast Guard helicopter wasn’t going to arrive to drop the first wreath into the circle of flower bedecked boats. The ceremony and pageantry were sobering and we at least got to see the boats motor out to sea under the Highway 101 bridge.

We referred to this one as the Popeye Boat!

You can see faintly on the horizon the boats forming up into a circle into which the helicopter was supposed to fly. Due to weather or an emergency it was needed at, it never showed up.

VIEWS OF THE COAST

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Sea Lions in Yaquina Bay near Newports Bayfront

Looking out to sea under the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon.

Robert found some driftwood on the beach.

May 25 CRABBING AT THE COAST

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Over the Memorial Day weekend we went to the coast with Mark & Sue for a little work and play. Robert and Mark went crabbing in Yaquina Bay.

They caught a few small crabs, and the mink carcass bait caught a stick too!

Captain Bob motoring the crabbing vessel.

Since the bait wasn’t catching crabs, might as well feed the gulls!

Beware of The Birds!

May 13 TERRY TRAILER

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

On a walk through the neighborhood, about a mile from our place, we found this great little trailer and inquired of the owner if he would consider selling it. He thought for about 2 seconds and said yes. So we now have a fleet of 2 campers! We call this our ‘guest house’ or ‘summer home’. Another project! We enjoyed cleaning it out and discovering all the goodies hidden in the many cabinets, some items may have been purchased back in 1974 when the trailer was new. The avocado green and harvest gold colors are so retro they’re back in style! We had an excavator come gravel and level a spot in the back corner of the lot to move the trailer onto. So when you come to visit, you’ll have a comfortable, warm, dry, clean place to stay!

May 8 BROKEN CANOE

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

We took a walk along the canal road high above the Deschutes river with our friends Mark and Sue. We found the path down to the waters edge, a great fishing spot. This broken canoe survived the winter, but obviously not its original trip down the river!