Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ice cream time

I can hardly believe it.  I haven't eaten in a Bridgeman's in many, many years.  (I've been on the road a lot!)  I remember having ice cream at Bridgeman's many times when I was young.  The fudge sundaes are out-of-this-world.  I found this one in Duluth.  So, I indulged.  Magnificent.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

first sign of Autumn

This picture was taken about three weeks ago.  How quickly things change.  The green leaves have all turned to a brilliant orange .  Summer is over in northern Minnesota.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

a country church

In southern Minnesota, out in the countryside near Hector, stands a beautiful old white wood frame church.  This is the church we decided to attend on that Sunday morning.  We wanted to hear the minister preach because, as it turns out, he was an old friend from our childhood.  We all went to the same grade schools in our community and he was a member of our church, too.  We lost touch over the years but have recently re-connected.  What great conversations we had after church that Sunday and those conversations continued over lunch that afternoon.  Lovely church and lovely company!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

a big horse

Oh, look what I found.  It's a giant painted horse...Swedish style.  It's called a Dalecarlian horse and it is named after its' region of origin in Sweden.  You can find this horse just outside of Cloquet, MN

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


It was Sunday and we wanted to attend church.  We were able to find a church about twenty miles or so south of Duluth.  It is a small church in the country that is attended by some very warm and friendly people.  And, it was communion Sunday, too.  PTL

Monday, October 9, 2017

grand rapids school

In northern Minnesota somewhere between Duluth and Bemidji lies the town of Grand Rapids.  We passed through there on our way across the state this summer and decided to stop in the center of town and visit this beautiful old school building.  The central wooden staircase was exceptionally beautiful.  I can just picture the students running up and down these stairs.  More than that I can picture some daring students sliding down on the stair railings.

The building today houses small boutiques and galleries in the former classrooms.  Fortunately the old school building was left intact and the beauty of the interior still remains.  The polished wooden floors, the chalk boards and the old cloak rooms attached to each classroom brought back some fond memories of my grade school days.

It makes me happy to see older buildings being taken care of and being put to good use again.  What a wonderful old building.  And, if walls could talk....

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Herman the German

In southern Minnesota in the town of New Ulm there is a large statue that has been erected in a park high on a hill overlooking the city.  The statue is known as the Herman Heights Memorial and is commonly referred to as Herman the German.  The statue commemorates the Germanic victory over the Romans at the battle of Teutoburg Forest.  The leader, Arminius, lead the troops in the battle and it is he that is captured in sculpture atop this 102' memorial.  You can climb the spiral staircase to the observation deck where views of the river valley await.  It's a nice place to visit when you are in this  part of southern Minnesota.