My boys had the day off from school last Friday so we decided to do a road trip along the North Shore. We had a great time and took in some amazing scenery and activities. We stumbled upon a couple of guys surfing in Lake Superior–really cold!! Here’s some of what we saw–
This is the last week of summer vacation for my kids. We’re trying to do some fun activities that we probably won’t have time for once the school year starts. So, with that in mind, we went on a short trip to Stockholm, Wisconsin yesterday afternoon to visit The Pizza Farm and the Stockholm Pie Company. We just got to the Pie Company before they closed at 5:30. Each of us got some pie to go and then we made the short drive over to The Pizza Farm. At the Pizza Farm they just make pizza. You bring everything else (utensils, drinks, etc.). Everything that they use on the pizza is grown on the farm. While the pizza is baking you can explore the farm and hang out. After a short wait, the pizza was ready and it was fantastic. The kids were already talking about going back!
I know it may be getting repetitive, but I did my second off road race one week later. This time it was in a suburb of St. Paul. Once again, the weather was terrible–pouring rain, thunder, lightning, mud and a slick trail. All the things that make off road biking fun! One hundred and fifty dollars worth of bike repairs went along with this race. Here’s a very short video of part of the ride. http://vimeo.com/24797543
In mid May, my friend Mike and I drove to Hayward, WI to ride in the Cable Bike Classic. The conditions were pretty tough–35 degrees, 30 mile per hour winds, rain and thick mud. It was the first off rode race I’d ever done. My goal was to finish, hopefully not in last place and not get injured. I accomplished all three. I set up a video camera on the front fork of my bike and shot this video. It is almost two hours of video condensed into five minutes (it may make you sick to watch this!). Unfortunately the battery died before I finished the race. There is no sound…I’ll describe the audio–the gun starts the race, (many people passing me) gears shifting, people talking, people stop talking, heavy breathing as we climb the first of many hills, bikes passing me, cursing under my breath, rain and wind, sand and mud spraying, cursing out loud, really heavy breathing (am I the only one breathing like this?), encouragement from the spectators, tires moving faster, more rain, wind, sticky mud, gears shifting, more encouragement from the spectators, cheering as I finish the race. My friend Mike said it was awesome and excruciating all at once. He was right. (Click the link below).http://vimeo.com/24793918
Yesterday morning, my daughter and her Girl Scout Troop, The Daisies, put on a performance at a nursing home. They sang songs, read stories, had a snack and presented the residents with flowers/pots that they decorated. It was a great way to bring some cheer and brighten a rainy day.
A few weeks ago we went on a vacation to Mexico. I brought along an under water housing for my camera. I gave the camera and housing to my kids with the instruction not to open the camera housing underwater. They had a great time taking pictures. Here are some of my favorites they created. What do you think?
Today is the last day of the MN State High School Hockey Tournament (a very big deal for a lot of people in MN). My son Andy plays Mite hockey (7-9 year olds) for Langford Park. Today his team got to play hockey in front of the crowd at Excel Center between periods of one of the high school hockey games. After skating, everyone on the team got to watch the rest of the games from a suite. The kids were awestruck. They had a great time.