Back in Stockholm

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

My parents and I took an afternoon drive to Stockholm, Wisconsin, to see the fall colors and sample some pie from the Stockholm Pie Company (triple berry for Dad, sour cream raisin for Mom and me). A perfect fall day to be out and about.

I visited Stockholm for the first time this past summer and fell in love with the charming little town, population 66. I tried not to replicate photos this time, but feel free to compare.

An Ocean and Mountains with a Minnesota Accent

September 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

All good things must come to an end, including three days of vacation on Lake Superior’s North Shore during the peak of autumn colors.

After a lifetime spent in this area, I’m always in awe of hills as large as mountains and a lake that mimics the ocean.

Before I return to the schedule I left behind, indulge me as I take one moment to reflect on Tofte, Lutsen, Grand Marais, and all the villages and trails in between on the largest of the Great Lakes.


September 25, 2014 § 1 Comment

Peak leaf peeping on North Shore, Sawtooth Mountains



September 24, 2014 § 1 Comment

Scenic Cafe, North Shore, Lake Superior, on holiday


When Destiny (or High Wind) Diverts You to Ohio

August 19, 2014 § 2 Comments

  • Try not to hurl as the aircraft attempts to land in Detroit but instead tosses in midair like the measly bag of pretzels churning in your gut.
  • Land in Ohio and cue boredom.
  • Use your time wisely by taking unnecessary photos of other diverted planes waiting to refuel alongside yours:


  • Get to know your fellow travelers and flight attendant (ESL teacher, cat lover, former NYC cop, father flying to LA to visit his son dying of cancer, Vietnam vet who nearly died in a helicopter crash).
  • Read — preferably an essay or book by Sean Wilsey, my favorite author of the month.
  • Leave Ohio.
  • Eat free snacks smuggled to you from first class by the flight attendant you befriended earlier when stranded on the Ohio tarmac.
  • Savor the sunset others cannot see from earth:
Sunset from 30,000 feet

Sunset from 30,000 feet

  • Disregard the message from Delta that says your connecting flight has been changed to leave at 7:30 tomorrow morning rather than 8:45 this evening and instead sprint 33 gates to your original connecting flight and, miracle of miracles, make it on board with time to spare (winner, winner, chicken, beer).
  • Reminisce about your happy vacation on the final leg of your journey and remember why you love coming home, e.g., a normal, healthy diet; routine; sleeping in your own bed.

From Farm to Table to (Hot) Air

August 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

Vermont farms and fresh food were the themes of the day.

It began with a lazy, happy afternoon touring the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock and ended with dinner at Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont — one of the best dining destinations in the state, if not all of New England — and a surprise hot-air balloon inflation and take-off along the Ottauquechee River.

Working farm — hope you like cows:

Farm house — hope you like old things:

Simon Pearce — hope you like hot-air balloons:


August 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

Photographs of mountains rarely capture their splendor. I won’t bore you with the dozens I took today, but here are a few I liked from this foggy, cool Sunday afternoon — all taken in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Franconia Notch State Park.

Fog descending

Fog descending

Autumn approaching

Autumn approaching

Tram ascending

Tram ascending

Cables evaporating

Cables evaporating

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