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
Flowers and heart-shaped candy are Valentine’s Day gift clichés. A purring, twin-kitty, stuffed foot pillow is wonderfully strange Valentine’s Day gift. I gave Jen the purring, twin-kitty, stuffed foot pillow. I found the thing at a Superior, Wis. thrift store. It must have been a recent donation. The purring, twin-kitty, stuffed foot pillow was … More The amazing twin-kitty, purring, stuffed foot pillow demo video
Sidewalk mini-dramas are a frequent occurrence outside the East Hillside Duluth Super One grocery store. I always take my time crossing from the parking lot to the sliding glass doors. Sometimes I pick up great conversations. Here’s one I overheard between a man and a woman huddled around a cart loaded with plastic grocery sacks: … More Sidewalk mini-dramas outside the Super One grocery store
I like the ice fishing “idea” more than I like actually ice fishing. I always wanted to build my own shack, paint it a funky color and stock it with a wood burning stove, a boom box and couple easy chairs. I would haul the thing out on a frozen lake, drill some holes and … More Ice fisherman blues