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  • Wandering Weiszes
    Lighthouse another hiker spotted us and warned us to watch out for the black flies evil little buggers that are like mosquitos but bigger and swarmier It wasn t nearly as bad as the man predicted as it s likely the the rain abated their swarmitude though not before two or three broke through our DEET soaked forcefields and left us with a couple of welts As we stood inside the lighthouse talking with the lovely couple from Fresno who drive out every July to live in and run the place the drizzle turned into a pour While the path had given us a canopy our walk back was along the beach to see washed up pieces of shipwrecks Again the rain added to the mood it just doesn t seem right to witness the remains of disastrous wrecks under a sun filled sky We had one more stop Pictured Rocks rain be damned the log slide Near the northernmost park of the park the woods turn into bluffs which turn into massive sand dunes Back in the days of logging they d heave the lumber to the top of the dune and let them roll down hundreds of feet to the bottom where the ships would be waiting to take them aboard They don t do it anymore but the dunes are still there and are only getting taller We parked hiked the 2 miles in our now sloshing shoes and pants and tramped up the wet sand to the peak So worth it To the right through the rain and mist we could just barely see the dunes extend off seemingly forever To the left we spotted the tiny little speck of the lighthouse where we had just been Below us sprawled out across the sand like tiny four foot tall Spider men were a dozen kids who d chosen to ignore the Park District s strongly worded warning against using the dune as a toy and were now very slowly very deliberately making their way back up the aggressive sandy incline Back in the car we made an executive decision to give up the fight skip our final planned hike at Tahquamenon Falls and instead change into warm clothes and find a cozy place for dinner Boy did we ever More about that later Sometimes it s best to listen to what Mother Nature is telling you COMMENTS Mom Jul 12 12 33 PM Mom Jul 12 12 39 PM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/413/when-the-rain-comes (2016-02-16)
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    spoken like a British countess calling her maidservant I take back everything I said TomTom is magic This may seem obvious but it s worth exclaiming she knows where you are I surprise myself sometimes by how surprised I get at new technology dozens of years after they re new This thing not only knows where you are and where you re going and can tell you how to get there but can also offer you options if you tell it you don t like option A Heck don t tell it anything change your path mid stream and it ll intuit your intent and recalculate for you without saying a word Well that s actually a bit of a sore point between us and our TomTom She can be a little stubborn Turn off unpredictably because you see a mini golf a half mile down a side road and suddenly you ll hear a serious British voice pipe up from the dash Turn around when possible And when you say back Calm down TomTom It s mini golf Gotta check it out she obstinately ignores you And let s be real TomTom should know when there s mini golf nearby and assume you re going But she doesn t she keeps whining at which point we have to admonish her and power her down until she learns her lesson The concern is that she s not only smart enough to learn her lesson but capable of exacting revenge Twice in this last week she s pretended to know where I am yet encouraged me to turn the wrong way down one way streets And yesterday she made Sarah take scary unpaved backroads Accident TomTom s not revealing anything I have my suspicions All told TomTom has brought much more joy and than frustration and so far no head on collisions I m not sure what ll happen to her after the trip is done She ll probably be more hassle than she s worth Chicago not to mention making us look like a couple of tourists I suppose we ll put her away until the next road adventure COMMENTS Drew Jul 10 08 40 AM Vince Jul 10 01 10 PM Vince Jul 10 01 19 PM Gus Jul 10 03 43 PM Mom Jul 10 10 10 PM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license plate game score 24 Sarah s license plate game score 2 1 Head s

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/408/our-contribution-to-the-singularity (2016-02-16)
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    the island we asked Ohhhhh No they re too lazy to go out to the island You ll be fine Another guy in the store agreed Mainland beach DNR bait Island safe as can be In the beach parking lot we ran into some stoned teenage canoers who also immediately sussed our plans They were totally psyched we were going out to the island and gave us lots of advice the gist of which was you ll be fine on the island dude Also there s a sweeeeeet camping spot on the left side We packed our stuff as efficiently as possible cursing our bulky wussy car camping supplies and set out for the wade to the island Wade Sound like maybe knee deep right But the wind was picking up waves and I m really very short So it was more like waist to chest deep for me Halfway across I remembered that I hadn t brought extra underwear Three quarters of the way across I remembered that I had left my phone in my pocket Luckily the sun doesn t set in this part of the UP until like 10 so we had a few more hours of warmth and wind to dry off and warm up Also despite having been dumb enough to wear flip flops instead of Keens for the ocean crossing I was smart enough to have brought jeans and a sweater to change into We spent a pleasant evening with our new friends watching the sunset sitting by the blazing fire eating sesame noodles and listening to the wind blow In the morning after a beautiful hike around the perimeter of the tiny island we bid our buddies adieu and set off back across the crossing It was cold and wavy like before but going back is always easier A few minutes later I was wearing dry underwear and we were headed into town for breakfast I told Sandy yesterday that I was worried from rereading my blog entries that the theme of the trip would turn out to be Sarah s neurotic and scared of strangers But in the clutch it turns out I can tell a fun adventure when I see one COMMENTS Big Ben Jul 9 12 33 PM sarah Jul 9 09 58 PM Mom Jul 10 12 24 AM Big Ben Jul 10 03 05 PM bacgjnep May 15 11 44 PM Amoxilbuyonlinnen Feb 3 10 48 PM PatriceStef Apr 16 01 07 AM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/405/camping-illegally-with-strangers-can-be-fun (2016-02-16)
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    a reserved sign on the site you want Sunset not until like 9 30 because we re so far north No sleeping in the car for us We ve got one more night here having wisely scheduled our trip to not to pull up stakes before our 8 AM kayaking tour and then be forced to drive several hours east after it ended at 4 PM We re zonked from many hours on Lake Superior darting in and out of the sea caves until choppy water forced us to paddle the rest of the day in a more protected wetlands area Hopefully not too zonked to pull together a campfire dinner Though we have minimal cooking supplies with us we re going to give it a shot COMMENTS Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license plate game score 24 Sarah s license plate game score 2 1 Head s up Trival Pursuit record Sandy v Sarah 1 1 Mini golf record Sandy v Sarah 69 68 First game 51 58 Second game 1 speeding warnings received 1 speeding citations received 22 mph over limit we were driving 10 mph over limit nice Michigan state officer cited on ticket The Plan Sandy and Sarah spent 18 days road tripping around the Great

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    We drove up changed and within ten minutes we were in the cool water of Moosehead Lake Duluth would have to wait It was of course lovely A bunch of locals were playing water volleyball and invited me to join After our team won I swam out with Sarah to the floating dock and practiced dives with the Moose Lake kids Then we floated about and relaxed in the sun Our hair was still damp as we finally rolled into Duluth which deserves every praise we ve heard though we owe it apologies for only giving it a couple hours of our attention We spent it well with sandwiches from Sir Benedict s ice cream from The Portland Malt Shoppe and a walk along the stunning lakefront path to the Aerial Lift Bridge It s on our list of places to return to we ll just need to give ourselves more time to make it there COMMENTS Ruthie Jul 6 11 08 PM Warner Peck Jul 7 09 52 AM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license plate game score 24 Sarah s license plate game score 2 1 Head s up Trival Pursuit record Sandy v Sarah 1 1 Mini golf record Sandy v Sarah 69 68 First game 51

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    City WI and the quartet of folkies playing bluegrass at the cafe in Stockholm WI Every time he strikes up a conversation with a stranger I find myself confronting my own anxieties I feel sort of embarrassed and nervous and I tend to look away or wander off But I m getting better at just going with it After all it s not like he s making me do it We are different people and we can handle things differently Thank you years of therapy So when we stopped on a bridge in Minneapolis and Sandy struck up a conversation with a cigar smoking chad and his pretty fiance and started asking for advice about places to go to see live music I took a deep breath and hung in And twenty minutes later when we settled in for The World s Most Dangerous Polka Band at Nye s Polonaise I was pretty glad I married someone who likes to talk to strangers COMMENTS Mom Jul 6 11 44 AM Mom Jul 6 02 40 PM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license plate game score 24 Sarah s license plate game score 2 1 Head s up Trival Pursuit record Sandy v Sarah 1 1 Mini golf record Sandy v

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/392/talking-to-strangers (2016-02-16)
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    Galaxie 500 A set of 40s Indian motorcycles completely restored A chainless shaft powered wooden bicycle 1933 Rolls Royce partly wood construction 1920 Dodge Touring Car 1910 Model T with Mother in law seat in rear And on and on Elmer s been keeping this collection for decades Some of these cars were bought new in the fifties then never driven acts that required incredible foresight and patience Elmer s built himself up quite a fortune But he s not interested in selling the collection He s not interested in expanding his hours to more than a few days a month He s turned down offers to move the whole collection to a high traffic tourist area where the real money is Then what would I do he says Invite people up to look at my money Elmer knows what makes him happy owning and showing vintage cards and he knows how much he needs to get by Anything beyond that is trivia We intended to spend a half hour at the museum Two hours later we were still chatting with Elmer Sarah had to pull me away Finally we left our vacation incalculably improved because of our time there We turned out of the driveway onto Elmer Ave then rolled back down the hill to the Great River Road destination Minneapolis COMMENTS Tom Frazer Oct 9 07 52 AM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about

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    goes there was an old German regular who d come up every time and say Give me two mit and two mitout The restaurant is no more than trailer the only seating is outside and a cheeseburger costs 3 00 And damn if it isn t one of the finest burgers I ve ever had He swears there s nothing special in them but when the meat s fresh and the patties hand shaped it comes through in the final product Add a little of their homemade honey mustard and were a couple of happy chowhounds Yeesh five paragraphs already and we re only at noon I haven t even told you about the highway side motoacross or the knuckleheads climbing under the slow moving train or the Chasid at the Marquette flea market or the book seller slash Red Cross volunteer or crossing the Mississippi four times or the FEMA workers at Lock and Dam 8 or the seething mass of skin and food and live 80s rock music that was the La Crosse Riverfest featuring airplane aerobatics impressive stunt waterskiing not and an all American fireworks display capper set off over the Big River As we got in the car to drive our hotel Sarah looked back over this day we started way back in Iowa City and noticed that we d hardly been in a building all day It was true total time inside couldn t have been more than 15 minutes and only for bathroom breaks and buying gas It was exactly the kind of day I envisioned when planning this trip And it s only day two COMMENTS Jim Jul 5 02 03 PM Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105

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