In addition to having a huge nursery full of beautiful plants for sale, Rosarium has a couple of acres of fancy display garden. If they are planning on this making you want to landscape your yard more extravagantly, it worked! Except I don’t have a yard to upgrade! This beautiful place is a nice walk away from our kid’s new home.
Downtown Spokane Park
This huge red wagon is a slide dedicated to kids and exploration… It’s pretty cool and VERY large!
Grandkids with “Garbage Goat”
Ashlyn and Bryan created “Mahjong Man”
I have a fair bit more that I planned on putting up this week, but we are in a beautiful place now with almost no internet, and hopefully miles from the nearest Starbucks! So I will mark this as unfinished, and try to add the rest in a few days.
We’ve been blessed with an amazing adventure in Antarctica! In the Antarctic Peninsula the sun comes up at about 2:15am and goes down at 11:55pm. (At the South Pole, they have one sunrise and one sunset per year!) The whole time the sun is up is stuffed with awesome vistas! (As are the other 3 hours… it never gets dark in this summer; only a bright twilight)
The snow is so perfect it looks almost edible… like it may be marshmallow cream (Is that edible?) or frosting. Icebergs go slowly past our view, sometimes with penguins perched on top. One berg had a dozen on its flat top – a hundred feet off the water level! I’m told they climb up using their toenails (Webnails?) and beak like crampons and ice axe. They like it up there because they have no predators while resting up there. I think they must have an elevator up the center of the iceberg.
Speaking of Penguin Predators, we’ve seen tons of whales. Yes, tons. Mostly Humpback Whales, but I saw a couple of Orcas without a camera to prove it. And there are birds closer to land who enjoy a Penguin lunch… I met a guy who saw one snatch a Penguin and play tug-of-war with another bird over the meal. And he showed me the pictures to prove it!
The hardships we have had to endure are plenty…
How can you sleep when it is so beautiful outside?
It’s really cold outside!
How can you take time out to eat when it’s so beautiful outside?
Sometimes it’s really windy outside!
How do you sort through 3,500 some pictures (And counting…)
The Internet is either nonexistent or extremely slow. (You’d think we were at the end of the earth or something!)
Ok, so all of these “hardships” are meaningless… as to the cold and wind – no problem. I just wore long johns, jeans, a T-shirt, a sweater, two sweatshirts, a jacket, hat and gloves. Simultaneously. I felt like the Michelin Man. And while many times we’ve had 60mph winds, many times it has been extremely calm, and the captain and others have repeatedly said they haven’t seen such great weather in the last 3 years.
The Internet problem is real, however. So I am trying to put up a couple of pictures, chosen almost at random, and when we get back to the U.S. of A. I will try to pick out my favorite 3,000 or so 😉 and either post them here or print out a book.
Becky and the grandkids spent an afternoon with us at the zoo. Giraffes figured prominently…
The conservatory portion is very pretty, but we only saw it from the outside. Grandkids are more interested in animals… but it did look like Peter would loved to have walked in among the water lilies like the worker was doing.
Our cute grandkids got to feed a giraffe!
With all three families together, we loaded up Kevin’s Polaris General, and headed for a rented Lake House, a bit north of Duluth, Minnesota…
Lake Superior Marine Museum & Maritime Visitor Center
The focal point of this museum area in Duluth is the Aerial Lift Bridge. It is one of only two of this type in the world, the other being in France. Built in 1905, it originally had a trolley car suspended from the top structure, and would take pedestrians across for a nickel. Horses and carriages and even some cars made the trip. With car traffic becoming more common, the bridge was upgraded in 1930 by having a roadway that lifts straight up. The roadway weighs about 900 tons, but with that same amount of counterweights, it is said it takes very little electricity to open or close it.
A land locked tug:
Island Lake, Minnesota
Our hosts for the beautiful lake house warned us that some phone wires would be too low for the motorhome… but they have done this before and had a special stick made to lift them so we could drive under!
The house was on the shore of Island Lake. You may notice a few islands!
Sunrise over the lake:
An early morning double rainbow seemed a great omen…
We had several kayaks, a paddle board, a paddle boat, and several tubes. Time spent playing in and on the water was wonderful!
We also got some fun rides in “The General”… and it’s never really done till you get stuck!
Here is a short video recap of our time on the lake and on the trail…
Split Rock Lighthouse
1905 saw some of the worst storms Lake Superior has ever seen. 29 ships were lost that year in one storm alone. With Radar and GPS decades away from being invented, during a storm it was very hard for ships to navigate and stay off the very rocky coastlines. In response to that disastrous year, the Split Rock lighthouse was created. The 133 foot cliff was a great spot for a light, but there were no roads anywhere near it. So a derrick was built to lift all the supplies up the steep cliff to build the beacon. For years it was only accessible by boat, but now the road makes it much easier (and safer) to visit the lighthouse. While there we were treated to a torrential downpour, complete with extremely close lightning and deafening thunder! It added to the mystique of the old lighthouse!
Another week has passed, and we have wrapped up the Maranatha project redoing 34 rooms in Rees Hall, the girls’ dorm at Union College. We have spent the last three weeks ripping out the desks/dressers and bookshelves out of the rooms, as well as light fixtures, electrical outlets and more. We were simultaneously turning big piles of beautiful wood into beautiful andstrong cabinets and bookcases. So we manufactured 68 of the cabinets, involving a total of 340 drawers, and 68 bookcases. Solid oak face frames and drawer fronts not only look great, but should last forever.
I could show you hundreds of pictures, taken by the Maranatha team leaders, and some more that I shot, but I’ll spare you that.
Here is one of the best rooms pre-renovation.
And here is what it looks like with new flooring and cabinets… OK, my picture with the lap drawers in and the baseboard placed is not uploading… hopefully soon!
Here are a few shots of work in the shop:
Parts started multiplying and taking up lots of space!
Units had to be moved a lot just to find spots for new ones to be stained and lacquered.
Then all the finished furniture had to be taken across campus and up to the third and fourth floors! Thankfully they used a SkyJack to lift them all up and through a window opening. Here is a load of drawers being sent up.
Of course there was a ton of cleaning to be done… Here’s Kathy going above and beyond by vacuuming a part of the shop… note the spot in the lower left that she hasn’t gotten to yet!
Obviously, the most important job of all was feeding all 100+ volunteers! Cherryl worked in the cafeteria to aid the otherwise small summertime kitchen crew giving us wonderful food. Really!
There is supposed to be a nice picture of Cherryl in the kitchen here, but it’s not uploading either! ARGGG!
To close out the week, I’ll show you a few more pictures of the campus:
Our “home” is just beyond the tennis courts…
This is a nice little water feature outside the Krueger Science building:
But it turns out they were right! (Imagine that!) Leavenworth, Washington is a very charming mountain town that looks transplanted from Switzerland. We had so much fun, and I took so many pictures, that I haven’t had time to get them together for this blog. So here are a few pictures from a walk in a park in Leavenworth. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get the rest of the adventure online…