We had company, II

[Famous Alexandria landmark that’s a photo op for all out-of-town visitors.]

We had to search for it on day 2.  Three Havens store is under new ownership and is now called Sunnie’s.  The sign was no longer out front.  But since we were there, I decided to take Scott out to Tolena Point – and on that route we found the sign now standing behind the store!     🙂

This was Wednesday – the day we had originally planned for the trip “up north.”  But the weather forecast indicated gray and chilly with the possibility of rain.  Of course, it never rained.  [Editor’s note:  I don’t ever remember so long a stretch with so little rain.  The drought is really . . . droughty.]  So, we did some local stuff.  I took Scott here while the ladies headed to Ron’s Warehouse.  We would meet them there later – hopefully after their shopping was done!

[Editor’s note:  (What, again?)  Some may be wondering about my choices for the article photo.  Where you usually see my smiling, charming mug, you have been treated first to Rooney Mara and now to Ana Marie Cox.  The supervisor always lets me know when one of my “girlfriends” is on TV.  I always ask, “Which one?”  Rooney and Ana are just two of them.  🙂  ]

[On the way to Tolena Point with Scott.]

[On the way back from Tolena Point with Scott.  This, and the one below, are of Lake Le Homme Dieu, of course.]

[Gray, but no rain.  Aaarrrgghhh!]

[It has been said one cannot be a true or honorary Alexandrian until one has been to Ron’s Warehouse.  Here Scott gets his indoctrination tour.]

[The ladies scour the fabric aisle.]

[Scott on a mission with restroom key in hand.  He did purchase duct tape, boxer shorts, a 6-hp weed whacker, and a fine outdoor dining room set.]

[Scott, ever alert to his surroundings, noticed on his first trip to Vacationland USA this place called Sauk Centre that wasn’t too far from Alex. He is a BIG Sinclair Lewis fan, has read all his books, and is now planning on reading them all again in chronological order.  The place was closed on their first trip here; it was open on this day and we had the place to ourselves.]

[Vickie and Scott share a moment with America’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.]

[Where people have come from to visit the Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Center.]

[There were even some from Ft. Wayne!]

[Main Street]

[Sinclair Lewis stuff.  Are school kids today required to read Main Street?]

[First we watched an introductory video . . .]

[Then introduced ourselves to the star.]

[More of the star’s stuff.]

[I didn’t recall that this was Lewis’s quote.  I’ll find further use for it!  😉 ]

[You’ll always find this photo at the Palmer House (coming up), so I was familiar with it.  Still an amazing shot for the time.  It’s Sauk Centre in 1901 – so it must have been shot from a balloon.]

[A December-May romance, Sinclair?]

[Sauk Lake, for no other reason than it was available.  But Greystone Golf Course, designed by Tom Lehman, is photo center on the West side of the lake.]

[The Palmer House – it’s haunted, it has warped floors, it’s historic.]

[Here ghost, here ghost.]

[A photo I found . . . interesting?]

[Heading back home through West Union . . .]

[And it’s famed sculpture garden.]

[A final photo op stop at Ron’s.]

[She said she didn’t know the “creature” was there until she saw the photo.  😉 ]

Next – we head north!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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