It has been so nice being HOME! We have loved this week to just catch up. Since the beginning of June, we felt like each week we were preparing for the next week’s adventures, which meant being gone. This past week, we have been able to catch up on the things that we haven’t been able to do in awhile and also just take time together. It was good! We realize that when we don’t spend a lot of time together, our communication can go down the drain and it’s just not pretty.
Wednesday night was a GORGEOUS night so we decided to take the boat out and go fishing on Lake Andrew. It was league night (we found out) so it was a little crazy with these nutso bass boats flying down the lake, but we had a great time! We even caught a few fish.
Gorgeous sunset at night!
Friday night we had tickets to the Willmar Stingers baseball team so we invited another couple from church to go with us. We LOVE baseball in the summer – the good ole all-American sport. We sure got our fill of baseball this week as Dan had a church softball tournament game Thursday night, Stinger’s game on Friday night, and Saturday morning we watched the legion game (some of our youth group kids are on the team).
Saturday, because it was another nice day, we headed out to another lake. We have been wanting to check out the various lakes around us because they are all so new to us and we hear such great things about them. This time we went to Lake George. Not gonna lie, I was reeling in the blue gill left and RIGHT! I out-fished DAN for ONCE! It made my day. Maybe not pound for pound, but definitely in number.
So I am on this elimination diet to try and figure out my intestinal issues (I know, too much tmi), so I have to be VERY careful about what I eat. Well, fish is one of the main things I can eat, so for “supper” I took along some walleye that I had baked. So wouldn’tchya know, here I am fishing, eating fish. I am an odd fella, I know.
On Friday, Dan had the day off, so we decided to go exploring. We were going to go to Walnut Grove where all the Laura Ingles Wilder “stuff” is, but it was hot and we weren’t sure we wanted to go down there. So instead we went to the cities – we had never been to Minneapolis outside of the sporting events, so we thought this was a great opportunity.
I read in our handy-dandy Minnesota Day Trip book about the flour mills and stone arch bridge and decided that would be a cool place to visit.
This picture is taken on the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail – view of Minneapolis
On this stone arch bridge, you can see the locks and the waterfall
Quite pretty I must say
View of the old Gold Medal flour mill – we did not take the tour, but it was neat to see the old buildings
Stone Arch Bridge – only for bikers and pedestrians – VERY cool bridge! We walked across it and saw a lot of interesting people
What is cool about the flour mill is that the building was falling apart, but they left it as is – hence the “what looks like a pillar of bricks” in the middle of the picture.
Another bridge on the Heritage Trail that we walked.
We decided since moving here, that we really want to get to know the area/state we live in. So when we get a chance, we try to explore and do things when we can. We do enjoy just hanging out at home and being HOME, but at the same time, it is fun to get to know a new area. It is easy to just let a night waste away watching tv or a day waste away just doing house work – for us, we try to plan ahead and find ways we can go exploring and enjoy God’s creation. I hope you too, can find ways to get away from the tv and go exploring!