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Travels in 2010

My travels in 2010.
I didn’t go very far in 2010, mainly because of the Olsons financial situation, and a lack of personal time off in my new job.
Where I laid my head to sleep:
Blaine, Minnesota
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Two Harbors, Minnesota
A campground near Ely, Minnesota
From Home…
Furthest North traveled: Grand Portage State Park, on the Canadian Border
Furthest South traveled: Solon, Iowa
Furthest East traveled: Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin
Furthest West traveled: Jordan, Minnesota
In 2011, I’ve already promised to visit the Olsons often when they move away down to Iowa, and I owe a visit to the East Coast.

Fringe like Dream

An intriguing dream last night.
Fringe style, I found myself in an unfamiliar alternate world. Bereft of a car, much to my chagrin, I managed to ride bus lines until I reached home. My extended family’s home, that is. Everyone had been waiting for me, since we were all going somewhere in several cars (Where that was was not clear). It was also clear that in this alternate universe, my mother’s side of the family, including me, all lived together in one large house.
Feigning the need to go to the bathroom, and grabbing a couple of roleplaying games left outside (was the alternate me donating them?), I wandered through this house. I was looking for my own room, but only found a kitchen, a small sitting room, and a bathroom with two cats. One cat was an ordinary black and white, the other though looked like she was made entirely of yarn! Both were friendly and seemed to know me, or the alternate me. I sensed my mother’s impatience and returned outside. My mother made a comment that suggested that the alternate me from this universe could not drive of course, so my mother would.
And then I awoke.

Choose your own Tentacles

Via my brother, a link to a tentacular small Choose your Own Adventure story on


Via my friend Kevin Brady, here is a blog entry on English Russia on the “Seven Wonders of Russia”
It’s a mixture of human and natural wonders. Beautiful photographs of all of them. My favorite has to be the Geysers. Did you know that while Yellowstone has most of the Geysers in the world, many of the rest are in Far Eastern Russia?
Anyway, go and see the Seven Wonders. You could probably do a “Seven Wonders” meme for any sort of polity, countries, states, even cities.

I am guilty of Racefail
I did not know, until today, the origin of the phrase “Great White Hope”. I did not know it was a racially charged term. After all, I named my car the Great White Hope. I ignorantly may have offended friends, acquaintances and any other POC.
I no longer will refer to my car, or any future cars of a white color, by that name.
I am guilty of Racefail.

Experience the Planets Project

Experience the Planets
“Experience the Planets(ETP) is an ongoing project…Developed by Greg Martin along with a collaborative group of like-minded artists, ETP breaks away from fanciful notions of space and embraces the more challenging task of creating scenes informed by science factor hypothesis.”
But, really, words can’t convey the beauty of the artwork. Go see them for yourself.

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!
I’ve only been to Canada three times:
The first time was with my family on a trip to Niagara Falls. This trip was noteworthy for the Station Wagon we rented with the weird mushroom smell and my older brother dangerously speeding (so much that the speedometer went “beneath the dashboard”). While in Niagara Falls, US, we decided to briefly jump over to the Canadian side and see the falls from that side too.
The second time was my 2007 visit to Jasper, Banff and Waterton Parks in Canada with My Friends The Olsons™.
The third time was just this past April on my own personal trip that led me to Thunder Bay.