A used bookstore in Washington is a strange place to discover a little Minnesota Iron Range history, but there it was in a discount bin last week. Jen and I were looking for breakfast on a quiet, zigzagging, residential street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood when we stumbled upon Twice Sold Tales. After a plate of eggs and … More Bringing the Iron Range home
A magical trolley bus, an amazing accordion band and a tale of misfortune dripping with irony brought an end to my week prowling the biggest music festival/birthday party in the northland last Saturday night. The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is an eight-day extravaganza featuring some 200 local bands, dozens of Twin Ports venues and more than 5,000 wristband-wearing … More A trolley bus, an accordion and a legend named Starfire
It takes more than two men to move a clawfoot tub up a stairway. Unfortunately, the NickMoore Hotel bathroom remodeling crew didn’t know this rule. Last week our contractor sent two hammer-swingers, a shoulder strap and a World’s Strongest Man highlight tape to move a 400-pound cast iron tub to the second floor bathroom. It … More Climbing the stairs with a clawfoot tub
Cows like to ride the rails too. I snapped this picture at the Hammond Avenue railroad crossing in Superior, Wis. last Monday. My truck was the second vehicle in line heading north back to Duluth when a freight train passed through town. The automatic stop arms halted traffic. I saw this image coming down the … More A Canadian cow hops freight to Superior
Perhaps you didn’t know there was a third Wright brother who decided not to experiment with flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Instead of testing his inventions on the Atlantic Coast, he moved to the shores of Lake Superior and developed his own futuristic transportation ideas. Utilizing the strong lake winds, eight months of frozen … More Minnesota or Wisconsin or Kitty Hawk?
I’ve been looking unsuccessfully for owls on deep woods hikes and long, lonely dirt road bike rides for years. I would scan the tree tops on river side trails, look deep into frozen swamp land or stop and scour low hanging branches at the edge of quiet meadows. Nothing. Turns out I was looking in … More An eye for the owls
A small herd of deer like to hike up and down our alley. I snapped this picture last week after a snowfall. These two teenagers strolled across the front yard looking for food while I worked on my truck in the garage driveway. They munched on an evergreen bush and tossed occasional sideways glances at … More Deer in the alley