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North America » United States » Minnesota » Bemidji July 23rd 2013

What a beautiful morning again! We have been so lucky with the weather - 70s and sunny here in Minneapolis. We haven't been so lucky with Jon's bug bites. He's really had a bad reaction from the mosquitos and we suspect people are starting to avoid us on the street because of his aggravated festering scabby spots. Well, its not actually that bad but the first stop today was the pharmacy for some more ointment. Before heading out of town, we stopped by the Sculpture Gardens for a wander around. It's a bit of a strange place being surrounded by highways into the city. Our two favourite sculptures were the spoon and the mirrors. We actually managed to become one person in those mirrors with Jon's head on my body. A truly horrifying look. We zipped ... read more
"My dirty husband" or "Playing with Perspective"
Lunch. Yum.
Driving along


What a gorgeous morning in Madison. After an evening of thunder and lightning, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining. We got to chatting with Rodney over breakfast (James, this was a continental breakfast of mixed berries, yogurt, granola accompanied by some delicious freshly baked pastries and bagels). Rodney set us up with two bicycles and directions to Picnic Point on Lake Mendota. Who knew Jon was such a fitness god. He was the boss of that bike! It was such a nice ride and such a beautiful place we had capture the moment and snap some photos with the Dress. Rodney was a good sport and even ran to get some local amateur photographer who generally wanders around town taking pics to come along and snap a few of us. Lord knows what ... read more
Picnic Point
Our big break in Madison
The Land of Cheese and Porn

North America » United States » Minnesota » Duluth July 15th 2013

Day 11 - July 7, 2013 After a solid night’s sleep, Palmer greeted us with a fresh breakfast and a sunny day. We packed up and said our goodbyes only to see two ladies walking in the middle of the street. It was Aunt Gladys and her lifelong best friend Laura Mae. They were walking to church. We had to stop for a few hugs and pictures before we left the sleepy, remote hamlet of Enderlin. We headed east and crossed into Minnesota. The road we had intended to take was gravel, so a new plan was formed. We meandered through the countryside on small, but paved, highways. We stayed mostly on Rt. 108 along the lakes. We stopped in Pelican Rapids to visit one of my childhood memories. After all, ... read more
Laura Mae, Jill, and Aunt Gladys
Enderlin, ND
Worlds Largest Pelican

North America » United States » Minnesota July 10th 2013

Well this trip is still in its Infant days, but we are about to learn how to Walk; by making the crossing of the Atlantic ocean. London, UK is the first stop in my journey. It will be the furthest I have ever been away from the City of trees(Boise). Im not quite sure how I feel about that yet. Im a man on a mission to find myself and break down the walls that society and Myself have put up. When we flew out of Boise (a flight I have made many times) I could not help but feel different as I watched things I know fade away as the plane made its major turn in direction to the East. I recognized West Jr High, Southeast Boise, Vista ave, and even my own Neighborhood! I ... read more
Idaho wilderness
Twin Clouds
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Duluth July 1st 2013

Just a quick update for anyone interested in keeping up with what we're doing. We have an apartment leased out for our first 90 days in Guatemala! The website for the apartment is http://www.casaxelaju.com/apartment-5/ . It looks absolutely beautiful and we've had really good interactions with the owners. They have an office located right in Minneapolis so it's been super easy to get a hold of people. We also have been able to email with one of our future neighbors and she seems really excited to take us out and show us the town when we arrive so that's pretty exciting! Roger has gotten his shots and I will get mine in a few weeks. We've just been crossing things off the list (like - dental check ups, eye exams, etc--things that we should get ... read more

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North America » United States » Minnesota » Bemidji June 27th 2013

6/27/13 - Headed out to the Paul Bunyan Animal Land. Two adults and two kids was $27.57. Later we visited the Paul Bunyan Visitor Center. For supper Jack grilled BBQ chicken, Aleta cooked broccoli, corn, and beans. Al was very good. Later, some new friends invited us dowm for smores. They were good also :-). Rained very hard later this evening.... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Bemidji June 26th 2013

6/26/13 - Still at Hamilton's Fox Lake RV Park - we have decided to burn one of our two days ahead here. We went to Itasca State Park today, the location of the headwaters of the Mississippi. The Mississippi originates from Lake Itasca. At the headwaters, rocks span the river which is only about 20 to 25 feet wide. On one side of the rocks is Lake Itasca and the other is the Mississippi. Having lived along side the river downstream, it is amazing how the river goes from this size to better than a mile wide before completeing its 2500 mile journey. After the ride to the headwaters, we stopped by Paul Bunyan Animal Farm to check it out for tomorrow. One at the RV Park, we grilled steak, a stirfry of vegetables, green beans, ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota June 24th 2013

6/24/13 - Got started around 10am, BUT trip got delayed a bit as one of Jack's jacks had fallen and would not raise. Jack seemed loose within it's tube. Electric jacks and this one could be lifted up, but simply fell down when jarred a bit. We decided to remove the "shaft" of the jack. We first attempted to run the motorhome up on ramps, but could not get it high enough. We then came up with a "McGyverism" and ran the motorhome over and ingound firepit then put it up on ramps. Did this and when Jack jarred the offending jack, the shaft fell down and into the firepit. A little packup of boards and such, we were on our way. Temp was 84 degrees when we left, but shortly fell to 64 degrees as ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Jackson June 14th 2013

Why hike the Appalachian Trail? - Because it's their. It is hard. I have time. I need to simplify my life, at least for a short time. Walk, Eat, Sleep, that will be my day. How far is it? - 2000 miles more or less. I am a 'Southbounder' (SOBO) meaning I am starting in Maine and walking through 14 States and end up in Georgia. How long will it take? I don't know. 6 months maybe... I'd like to be done by Christmas. Who is going with you? - No one. This is a solo hike. Where do you sleep? In a tent, or a lean-to if i'm lucky. What do you eat? I'm starting with dehydrated food, M&M's, Slim Jims... More on that as I go. Also, I plan to stop at towns along ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota June 14th 2013

Why hike the Appalachian Trail? - Because it's their. It is hard. I have time. I need to simplify my life, at least for a short time. Walk, Eat, Sleep, that will be my day. How far is it? - 2000 miles more or less. I am a 'Southbounder' (SOBO) meaning I am starting in Maine and walking through 14 States and end up in Georgia. How long will it take? I don't know. 6 months maybe... I'd like to be done by Christmas. Who is going with you? - No one. This is a solo hike. Where do you sleep? In a tent, or a lean-to if i'm lucky. What do you eat? I'm starting with dehydrated food, M&M's, Slim Jims... More on that as I go. Also, I plan to stop at towns along ... read more




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