Visiting Family in Minnesota

Friday, July 12

1We left Grand Forks, North Dakota, about 6:20 a.m. and continued east on Route 2, which would eventually take us almost by Cerwin’s youngest sister, Doris, and her husband, Bob’s house.

2 (1)We saw many large fields of grain and storage bins in western Minnesota.

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2 (3)One consistent thing on this entire trip was pretty, roadside wildflowers.

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2 (7)Then – to my delight – we turned off the interstate and drove through a few back roads of north central Minnesota.

We even saw an eagle take off from a small lake beside the road – about 9:30 a.m. (I was not able to capture a photo.) 🙁

2 (8)Then it was the dirt road along which Bob and Doris live. It felt like home, as we have been over this road many times, and love visiting them.

2 (9)The last time we were here, it was in the dead of winter for their daughter Judi’s wedding, so foliage on the trees seemed much thicker this time.

3 (1)Bob directed Cerwin to back into the area in front of the beehives.

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3 (3)These guys make delicious Minnesota honey, which Bob and Doris sell to locals and at local tourist places.

Oh, bummer. That reminds me that I wanted to buy a jar to bring home – and forgot.

3aTheir house

3bTheir dog, Chloe.

4 (1)Pretty hollyhocks next to their entrance door.

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5Their garden is lush and producing lots of delicious fruits and vegetables.

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6 (6)Behind the garden is a pretty lake – where we heard the delightful sounds of loons.

6 (8)These pretty berries are between the garden and lake, so I am not sure what they are or if they were planted or are wild. I didn’t remember to ask.

6 (7)They look like an edible wild cherry, but I didn’t try any.

7 (1)Their neighbor’s (Dawson and Hope) cattle graze right next to Bob and Doris’ property.

7 (2)They have dragon flies as big as small birds.

7 (3)Bob and Doris said they like them to grow large, because they eat mosquitos.

8 (1)On our first afternoon there, Bob and Cerwin prepared the boat for a day of Sturgeon fishing.

8 (2)By suppertime the pickup truck and boat were ready for the trip to the river – close to the Canadian border. They had also purchased the needed bait and a license for Cerwin.

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