I typically try to keep this blog focused on telling stories about adventure travel. I think that is what all of you are accustomed to reading and have come to expect. However, sometimes I break this rule.
I recently took a trip for a reunion with some of my old friends. My Cuates (Guatemalan friends) with whom I served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala many years ago. About every five years or so we try to get together to tell tales, catch up on current events and make some new memories. During this trip, my friend Mirsch asked if this event would make The Adventure Begins. I was hesitant to write a story, but after some thought, I decided to write a micro adventure post.
So, the adventure begins... The Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The gathering would take place at the Casa de Mirsch - a lake house that belongs to my friend Mirsch.
Minnesota is in the north central part of the United States and shares a border with Canada. Duluth is a town in the north eastern part of the state of Minnesota. Perhaps due to the cold winter climate, moderate summer weather and easy access to some wonderful natural areas, the area was settled by many people of Scandanavian heritage.
These are my Cuates (Guatemalan friends) - Mirsch, Rick, Sinu, Holly (Holster), Repp (Reppster) and Me. About every five years we get together to reminisce and evidently wear socks with sandals. We look like a pretty respectable group.
But looks can be deceiving.
Some Cuatitos (little friends) joined the party too.
We spent quite a bit of time gathered around the table sharing food and funny stories.
Mirsch brews a mean batch of Kombatcha that he prepared and shared with us.
The days were filled with speed boat and tube rides.
All the kids had their chance. Even the biggest of kids, Me.
Big kids and little kids
A father and son taking on the waves.
Time for taking a mid-day snooze.
Mirsch pulled out some paddles, set up a make-shift net and a game of Pickleball broke out.Kubb.
We took sunset cruises on the pontoon boat.
Mini Me plotting to take over the world.
What'SUP? We tried some new things like Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Jumping off Stand Up Paddleboards
Saw the old train passing through the historic old town section of Duluth.
A full house centainly made for a fun weekend.
I stayed one extra night because my flight was scheduled to leave early the next morning at 5am. I was the last to leave the party, but the first to arrive at the airport at 4:30am.
I traveled to the Minnehaha Falls Park. I walked along a pathway, found these stairs and descended.
The Minnehaha Falls is nothing to laugh about! haha :)
The Minnehaha Falls from above.Minnehaha train depot.
Col. John Stevens was standing watch over the grounds. He was the first resident west of the Mississippi River.
I exited the train and ventured up this escalator.
I had arrived at the Mall of America. it is the largest mall in all of America.
There was every store that one could imagine inside.
Toy stores inside.
Never stop exploring!
Swirling swing thingamabog inside.
Roller coaster inside
And of course they had a food court.
I passed by the Fort Snelling National Cemetary.
Whew... I made my flight with even a little time to spare. I watched one movie and before I knew it I landed in Austin.
Hasta la proxima!