More Minnesota Pics

Duluth 2Hello and welcome!  Lighthouses are so cool.  This one is located in Duluth, Minnesota.  Last Sunday a couple of friends and I visited the city for the day and went walking and shopping.  It was a blast.

Unfortunately, for much of the day it was kind of cold, humid, gloomy, and then rainy.

Earlier on Sunday we’d been shopping at a thrift store called “Savers”.  My buddy Jamie provided a copper Jello mold as a housewarming present.  Now there are 11 on the wall and it’s looking like buddy Johnnie’s place!  One of the bargains found at the thrift store was a new massaging shower handle that was missing a mounting bracket – an easy upgrade for the new home base!

3_Jesse CandyWhile shopping, I encountered this adorable wrapped chocolate at a little store in Duluth.  With the resemblance to Jesse, I ended up getting a few of these to take back.

On Monday morning Jesse and I headed back to Iowa.  Not surprisingly, he was scared at first and cried in the cat carrier.  I let him out and surprisingly, he seemed to enjoy riding in the car.  Jesse was calm and even though we made a lot of stops, was well-behaved.

1_Jesse James RoadWhile this whole trip was about bringing the beloved tomcat back home, it was also amusing to see references to the real “Jesse James”… On the way back, I found another.  While returning, I’d planned on doing some trout fishing near Dorchester – right on the Minnesota and Iowa state line.  A kindly Amish lady in Minnesota had provided directions.

Unfortunately, the winding country roads are confusing and we ended up lost on Stateline road.  Jesse came up from the backseat, apparently because of the noisy gravel road.  In a place where I’d never been, what should appear but a sign for “Jesse James Road”.  It was another of those ironic moments that had to make a person laugh.  I told Jesse this trip was all about him!

Once we found the trout stream, the only three fish that bit (two rainbows and a brown trout) were too small to keep.  It’s not surprising.  Before long the weather will start to cool off and the bigger fish will be stocked in the streams.  Jesse didn’t mind the detour – he was sitting in the car with the air conditioner running and eating some ice cream from the creamery in Waukon, Iowa.  (spoiled!)

Crew TrainerThe cats are settled in and adjusting well.  Now that work has resumed, there was a promotion at work to “Crew Trainer”… As one manager said, it’s sort of a foot in the door to be a manager trainee.  Taking on more job responsibility never hurts.  It might not mean much more $$$ now but it’s a good investment in the future.
Today is Thursday and it is a day off from work.  There are projects to work on at the trailer and it might be possible to do a little catfishing tonight, weather permitting.  Some things have not changed though… With a little luck, Saturday night might be spent camping at a new campground and dining at a favorite area restaurant.  It will be fun!

Take care and thanks for visiting!

Brad, Jesse James, and Serena in Eastern Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

5 Responses to More Minnesota Pics

  1. Jo says:

    Great Light House shot. I’m happy to hear you now have Jesse home too. Can’t wait to see the copper wall decoration.

  2. Jo says:

    Oh and congrats on your promotion!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! No good deed goes unpunished at work… LOL. More responsibility, more work, a wee bit more pay… but it looks good on the job history. 🙂 Thanks and take care!

  3. Meg says:

    Oh wow – When I saw the pic of the lighthouse I wasn’t sure which of the Great Lakes it was on (I’ve never been to that area) so I did a search for Duluth on Google Maps. It brought the map up but what was funny was, there on the left side where they have pictures from the area was a pic of what looked like that same lighthouse. I clicked on it and got a kind of “pan & zoom” slideshow that was really cool.

    I’m glad you – and the famous Jesse – and now back home. And congratulations on your promotion. It sounds like you’re really enjoying this job so I’m glad to see some recognition coming your way. (And I’m sure the raise was nice too, however small it might have been. 🙂 )

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Meg. Duluth is such a cool place. I wish the weather had been better; better pics would have been nice! Jesse is still the little brat. I went out with a friend tonight and brought back some pieces of fried haddock fish. It’s like having kids. 🙂 Take care and thanks!