Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Gail had her hip replaced. This year we decided to retry some of the Wisconsin trip, and intentionally visit both her mom in Madison and her sister, Martha, and her family in St Paul, MN. When we first talked about it I thought it was a great idea, it's only about 250 miles between the two cities, Gail had other ideas. She planned a route to visit Duluth, MN and ride on many miles of bike paths. "Follow me," she said. "You're gonna love it."
Duluth Harbor and out into Lake Superior, the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area, the ships coming and going, Lake Superior and the St. Louis River which empties into the lake here to form the port. If you're a glutton for punishment we'll tell you some of the 500 puns he also shared with us. Something far more interesting and worth your time is the three-minute time lapse video of the harbor activities posted each day on the link above. The 1000' ships cruise around like little power boats and the bridge in the top picture comes down like a guillotine. Not sure what it goes up like, any ideas?
McGraw Tower is one of my favorite hang outs in Ithaca and this looked much like it and promised wonderful views. I found an open door and wandered around the building, learning that it now hosts the administration offices for the school district. Eventually I found someone, the district business manager, who wasn't in any hurry to get to work that morning to be my guide. After exploring four floors, including the basement, in search of the guy with the clock tower key, I never made it up.
Richard Bong Memorial Bridge. I was at about the highest point when I thought of the futility of his kids trying to sell bottled water using the family name. Cracked myself up pretty good with that one and have only repeated it a hundred times or so since. Anyway, the bottom is a picture of a train track downwind from the Bong Bridge, that's how they get built under those circumstances.