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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis March 2nd 2011

Last night we slept over at Robert’s house in Portage La Prairie. It’s an airforce town and it very, very small. Poor Robert has had to live there for 2 years! It was so great to finally get some sleep as were driving for 15 hours. In the morning, Robert gave us an wonderful tour of his work. He flies helicopters for the military and it’s pretty cool. I realized just how difficult it has been for Robert to get to where he is. It’s not easy. I realized how lucky he is to be flying these helicopters as many people who actually work on the air crafts just really want to fly and only a small select few get the opportunity to be a pilot. The hangers where the aircrafts are held are impeccability clean. ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 11th 2011

Oh Minne-snowta how cold you are. It was a record year for snow with a total of 33.5'' in December. 5: of 9 days in February at or below zero so far. 17: season total # of days at or below zero in 2011 so far. 30: average # of days at or below zero this winter. Most of January my teeth were chattering and toes frozen with an average temperature of -1.1 degrees. Outlook for tomorrow's trip to Belize...86 degrees!!... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis October 31st 2010

Readers of my blog know that I think visiting other countries and immersing oneself in their culture is truly a wonderful thing and something I love dearly. However, taking the time to see your own environment is equally important. Whether it's having your adult children bring pumpkins over to your house to carve (and maintain a family tradition), taking the time to visit a small local festival, or exploring your own state and appreciating the beauty of Autumn, taking advantage of local opportunities is important too. I hope these photos give you a sense of Minnesota this time of year. We are blessed to have four wonderful seasons. OK, I admit that winter loses its appeal after four, five, or six months of snow and cold, but it makes us appreciate the wonders of spring, summer, ... read more
Old Time Golden Valley Fire Engine
Cooper High School Band
Tractor pulling large pumpkins

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis October 29th 2010

Hello from Minneapolis, Minnesota (For those who are curious, in the native Sioux "minni" means water; "sotah" means "sky tinted" or "cloudy". Therefore Minnesota means cloudy water, based on the color of the river). So along with really murky water, what is Minneapolis known for?? The biggest mall in the United States!! So of course we had to check out the Mall of America, and what a sight. Right in the middle of the mall what would you expect there to be, I don't know shops, stores, kiosks, maybe a food court?? Nope, a full size amusement park. Nickelodeon is the corporate sponsor of the Mall of America and has transformed all the rides to be based on t.v. shows that the company produces, Scooby Doo has a ride, Sponge Bob, even Dora the Explorer. ... read more
Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America
Sponge Bob and Christian!
Sponge Bob and I

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis » Nordeast July 29th 2010

We got into the campground near the twin cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, on the 7th of July. We spent three days there visiting with Sharyn"s family. We went to dinner with Ted, her brother, the second night. The Next day we joined her twin, Shirley, youngest sister Patti, at brother Jim"s Home. Brothers Barry and Dave also were there. Barry is a twin to the oldest sister, Barb, who could not attend. Various spouces were also there. During the day on the eighth while doingm a little maintenance on the camper, I hit my head and required 6 stiches to fix. Except for the embarassment, all is well now. We left the cities for Peqote Lakes, MN. We always rent a cabin on a nice fishing lake where my family went for vacations, starting when I ... read more

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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 15th 2010

We are leaving the frozen wasteland of Minnesota USA with a projected temperature of 6 Farenheit (-16 C) and we should see temperatures in Bankok when we arrive tomorrow of about 93 Farenheit (38 C). A bit of a change, eh. It should be just the ticket to sooth these achy old bones. Loren and I (Hal) have been traveling together and trading insults for over 20 years. Most of our travels have taken us backpacking through Mexico. You gotta wonder, how do these guys remain friends. Well, here's an example of Loren's travel stories, in his own words: While on a recent driving trip alone, I decided to make a stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road. I went into the washroom. The first stall was taken so I ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis December 14th 2009

Winter is in full swing here in Minnesota. I love that we have had two big snowstorms already in December! and we're in the midst of the Christmas Blizzard of 2009. I don't need to dream of a white Christmas, it's here! I've been home in Minneapolis for over a year now, and thought I'd blog about my transition back home and what's next for me. I have many blog entries to type up from my travels in 2008. One of these days I'll get around to typing up my travel journal. Meanwhile, some insights and highlights from 2008-2009. I left China at the end of August 2008. After several weeks traveling thru Russia via Trans-Siberian train, then crossing Europe to visit friends in Germany, Scotland and England. I finally hit US soil on 1 Oct ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis December 1st 2009

How do you define traveling? Some countries or thoughts that may come to mind include: Sierra Leone, scuba diving off of Belize, or perhaps a family vacation to Europe. I partly define traveling by a change in my state of mind, where I am transported into such a different environment that I learn to see people, ideas, cultures, languages, religious, notions and ways of doing things differently. This is not surprising, given that when you travel, you may surprise yourself: you may learn that you are much more open than you thought you were; you may also learn that you can really learn to salsa dance like the Hispanic women do. You may learn your limits, your frustrations, or that little things about your foreign roommates really bother you…You may find things that give you joy, ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis October 15th 2009

Early next week I will write a detailed entry of how amazingly Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training Sschool is going. J Right now though, I would really appreciate all of your prayers. All of us students and staff met to hear about the details of each outreach which will take place from December 30-February 20 as part of DTS. The two choices are Peru or India. Each one of us students will be individually praying about which country God would like to use us in to fulfill his will. We just went over the details and will be praying and seeking God's guidance all this weekend. Monday morning, October 19th we will all gather, write our decisions of where the Lord desires us to go on a piece of paper and the teams will be ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis October 12th 2009

It has been 4.5 months since I arrived back to the civilization I know as Minneapolis, Minnesota. How great those two words sound together. Still in Nicaragua the last week in May, I didn't want to leave the country I never thought I would call home. My very last day and night in Nicaragua was unforgetable. I said goodbye to my friends in Granada, one of whom took the bus ride with me into Managua. Having to say goodbye is never fun. I emptied all my Cordoba out of my bank account, transfered it to USD and spent the afternoon shopping. I would miss the fruit in the little plastic bags for 5 Cordoba, the men shouting at me to buy lottery tickets or to change money illegially on the streets, and of course the crazy ... read more
My last night
Saying Goodbye
Almost to the breaking point




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