Friday 13 July, 2012

Days 29 and 30 – Minnesota


To add insult to injury, it seems Aberdeen is either in the process of replacing many of its roads, or they’ve decided to just let themselves go and give up on paving altogether. This is what many of the downtown streets looked like, about 3 inches of small gravel. Like riding in a giant ball [...]


To add insult to injury, it seems Aberdeen is either in the process of replacing many of its roads, or they’ve decided to just let themselves go and give up on paving altogether. This is what many of the downtown streets looked like, about 3 inches of small gravel. Like riding in a giant ball crawl pit at Chuck E Cheese’s.

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The flatness continues as I pass through the Dakotas on my way to Northern Minnesota. The stop in Fargo for lunch and an art gallery make for a nice break.

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The Museum of the Plains in Fargo had several good exhibits.

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Minnesota shares many traits with my home state of Wisconsin. They are both beautiful, covered in thousands of lakes. The people are generally pleasant, leading some to claim that the great lakes states are the “Canada of the US”. It’s beginning to feel a bit familiar. It’s been too many years for me to honestly call it home, the whole concept losing much of its meaning to me. I’m realizing that maybe that’s also been a theme running through the trip so far. Visiting friends and family in their homes. Experiencing new places and trying them on, seeing if any of them feel like home for me.
I am visiting my friend Reuben who I haven’t seen in years. His brother Leif who is also a friend was visiting from SF, a happy accident. Reuben didn’t tell him I was coming and seeing me there at his family’s cabin in a very out if the way place caused his brain to momentarily short circuit. Its a great moment – its often i can surprise Leif. The retreat is truly idyllic and I enjoy meeting Katie, Reuben’s wife and Serena, his daughter of 7 months and a whole host of relatives.

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There were fishing trips, a shooting excursion with Dennis, Owen, Leif and Evelyn and good conversations over delicious food and drinks. I am much appreciative of their hospitality and feel lucky to know their remarkable family.

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3 Comments

  • Scott Nelson says:

    I LOVE the last picture- that’s my land of sky blue waters!

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Again, do wish I could have been with you for those events, and have had the opportunity to meet Leif, Reuben, Katie, Dennis, Owen & Serena, of course. The fishing and shooting, I am sure, were also some fun times ! Thanks for sharing the pics and memories.
    Jack VanHesteren

  • El says:

    great photos scott. it was really great having you there. love you.


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