Of Boats, Carolers, and . . . Cold

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[Already known near and far as the sun dog over Lake Cowdry on December 5, shot on my way home from the gym at about 8:30 am.  😉  Not with the “big” camera but with the little snap shot camera I keep in the car at all times for just such occasions.  The open water is a result of the channel flow from Lake Taylor into Cowdry – it stays open all winter.]

1-18-08-1-1Taking a slight break from hockey reporting – the games are now stacked up in my photo files like traffic at 3rd and Nokomis on a 4th of July weekend – to report on some other stuff going on.  You may have heard about the cold?  Still two weeks before winter and we’re in the midst of what will be two straight weeks where the temperature seldom (if ever) creeps above zero.  Actually, we kinda like it (well, if the wind’s not blowing).  Put out some food, and you can watch all manner of critters coming to eat.  We went to “A Christmas Story” at the AAAA Theatre (go see it!) last night and drove home with the car’s thermometer hovering at an invigorating minus 14.  It’s beautiful – all Christmasy with bright, sunshiny skies lighting up a blanket of white.  And from December 2, we had the first Ole Slushball weather report:

Ole Slushball:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w11GpCO-5A

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[Lake Street in Alexandria, December 4.]

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[Noonan’s Park, December 4]

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[Maple Street, December 4]

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[Noonan’s]

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[Noonan’s]

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[Noonan’s, clearing the ice for skaters.]

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[Noonan’s, with the warming house on the right.]

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[Maple Street]

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[At home, December 5, the same sun dog as above now taken over Lake Darling with the professional camera.  Unfortunately, when the sun gets this high it’s so bright it gets a bit washed out.  It’s best to “shoot” a sun dog early in the morning.]

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[That evening, it was at the second Christmas party of the evening that the supervisor ran into her old buddy, Dangerous Dan, bartending at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.]

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[The Jefferson High School Carolers were performing, for the last year ever.  Next year they will be the Alexandria Area High School Carolers.  Following below, I took four separate videos of them.]

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dswAvTIYTk

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Video 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moiAoC1iDN8

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Video 3:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_gXSsfnzaQ

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Video 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbZNUoJMBac

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[And now for some new museum displays . . .]

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[More canoes, rowboats, and sculls . . .]

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[A really old scull . . .]

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[The supervisor’s fave!  🙂  ]

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[Museum personnel are finding some of these older boats in the area, some times literally digging them out of the ground, and then “cleaning” them up . . .]

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[Aluma craft with the very rare aluminum oars (I think I remember that right?) . . .]

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[The supervisor’s boat . . .]

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[Sailing canoe?]

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[Birch bark canoe]

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[The museum is still hard charging into all kinds of new stuff.  Phase II of the Maritime Gardens will go in next year, making it a real destination place for visitors.  There will be more entertainment in the gardens and the will be an art show next summer with some major nationally-known artists.]

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[Well, we’re ready for Christmas!]

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[Thanks again to Jim and Wanda Hafdal!]

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[The Lehman Bros. on Hole No. 7, and an unclaimed Hawaiian shirt that Wanda said looks like an Obert’s!  😉  ]

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[Well, I took it . . .]

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[Cam & Karen’s in Mounds View this morning . . .]

Up next:  Likely getting back to the hockey games.

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