Friday, July 12
We 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.
We saw many large fields of grain and storage bins in western Minnesota.
One consistent thing on this entire trip was pretty, roadside wildflowers.
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.) 🙁
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.
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.
Bob directed Cerwin to back into the area in front of the beehives.
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.
Their dog, Chloe.
Pretty hollyhocks next to their entrance door.
Their garden is lush and producing lots of delicious fruits and vegetables.
Behind the garden is a pretty lake – where we heard the delightful sounds of loons.
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.
They look like an edible wild cherry, but I didn’t try any.
Their neighbor’s (Dawson and Hope) cattle graze right next to Bob and Doris’ property.
They have dragon flies as big as small birds.
Bob and Doris said they like them to grow large, because they eat mosquitos.
On our first afternoon there, Bob and Cerwin prepared the boat for a day of Sturgeon fishing.
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.