Some Cool Northern Lights

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Good old St. Nick in Decorah

Welcome friends.  Since the last post about going north and catching a very nice trout, a lot has happened.  More about that in a bit.  But first, here’s a post of something beautiful experienced on that trip.

So here is what I meant by the “Northern Lights”  (northern Iowa, that is!)  At this time of the year, the Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah is converted to a large drive-thru Christmas light show.  Businesses and organizations sponsor dozens of colorful, vivid LED displays.

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Cool cars that don’t use much (any) gas!

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Santa’s got a little extra lift…

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This exhibit was sponsored by the trout hatchery.

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Fishing… Woo hoo!

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There’s more than one way to move packages!

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Reminds me of the old NBC Peacock

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I wish…

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One of the most striking displays

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Much prettier than my tree!

This fun light show was one of the things that helped brighten the spirits during a difficult time.  Dad was laid to rest on Saturday, December 7.  I miss him a lot but the shock of his passing was softened by having watched him fade from us.  It was a beautiful service and helped Sis and I to cope.

Let it snow Things are back to the usual routine of working, sleeping, and shoveling that white stuff…  In the last few days, we had 6-7 inches of snow.  The low will be -11 tonight.  What a perfect night to sleep out!  It sounds kind of crazy, but sometimes a person rests better outside in the absence of dust and allergies… and cats crawling on you, wanting to be fed.

It’s kind of exciting to see that we’ll have a white Christmas in Iowa!  Let it snow!

Take care and enjoy the holiday season!  It’s approaching quickly…  Shop early and think about ordering 2nd day air shipping for those presents!  😀

Brad, the “Van Trekker”