Posted by: kwa0430 | August 4, 2009

Catching Up

Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted…about 3 camping trips or so.

Jane is now addicted to camping. We’ve been to Nerstrand-Big Wood, Whitewater and St Croix State Parks and all of them were great. The trails at Whitewater (down near Winona) follow the bluffs and are great; by far our favorite so far (along with the Superior Trail). Coming up, we have trips to Flandrau, Itasca, Frontenac, and a return visit to Nerstrand and Whitewater. That will take us into October and I doubt we’ll be doing much camping after that.

Nick will be arriving here this weekend and we’ll be taking him on 2 of our trips – Flandrau and Itasca. We’ll see what else he comes up with to keep us busy.

We got a bike rack for the truck so we can take our bikes with us on our camping trips. MN is great for biking as well as hiking and there are always places to explore.

One of the things that we love about where we live is that we have awesome neighbors on either side of us. Jim and Jane and Mike and Nikki really are great. All of us have been getting together over the summer – front yard gab sessions, bonfire evenings etc. For National Night Out, we’re getting together and hosting a Bar-B-Que for the neighbors on our street.

We’ve also had the privilege of taking care of Clay and Tirza on Monday evenings. They are the kids of our friends Brett and Kelly. Even though Brett and Kelly know me so well, they still trust Jane enough to leave their kids with us. It’s a great feeling, knowing that your friends are so close that they trust you with their children. We haven’t seen much of Brett and Kelly as Brett is up to his neck in school work.  He wants to be a vet when he passes through his second (or maybe third) childhood. I admire both of them for so many reasons.

Well, I suppose that’s it for now. I’ll save my political rants, stories of home projects gone wrong and tales of my other misguided adventures for later.



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