December 1st, 2013

Late Autumn Beauty, Wisconsin Style

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It was absolutely balmy in Portland today; overcast, moisture in the air and fairy warm. The trees and grass were still so alive, so green and festive. Contrast this with Wisconsin 3 weeks ago: the earth was festooned with oranges, yellows, maroons and browns with a bit of green here and there. Snow lingered. The air was dry. And it was cold, down to 15 Fahrenheit. Autumn is so very different between here and there. The thoughts of my taste of winter in the fall will have to tide me over for who knows how long; years? I am one of the opposition, you see. A Minnesotan/Wisconsinite who adored winter and enjoyed it more than any other season. Yes, I even liked diving in it, even in Duluth, a city know for its hills and cold winters. When I hear people back home complain about winter it breaks my heart. So forgive me while I savor it here.

Here are a set of photos from that wintery-type of autumn back home. They are from my friends’ house out in the country in St. Croix Falls, save for the one directly below. That’s Summer and her dog Tippy. We went for a walk in the woods and couldn’t resist the whimsy of the downy white seeded asters as a photo background. It was such a beautiful day, and a great time with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »
November 19th, 2013

County Road S Trail to the St. Croix River

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One thing I love about Wisconsin is that the county roads are represented by letters, not numbers. When there are more than 26 county roads, the letters double up. I will never forget the time Rob and I were driving through northwestern Wisconsin, south from Duluth to St. Croix Falls. At a gas station, we were alerted to a major detour. Rob went inside to ask for directions for the detour and he came back looking mischievous. “The lady in there swore at me”, he said with a smirk. “She said F-U, then told me to double F-off”. Of course, the detour meant we should take county road F to county road U, then take county road FF.