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
Everybody loves the good-looking and charming Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge but few know about a troublesome little brother named Blue. It’s a strange relationship. The mighty Aerial Lift Bridge guards the Duluth ship canal like an all-state goalie protects a hockey net. Nothing gets past this thing without a couple of foghorn blasts. The bridge is … More The little brother bridge, a troublemaker