Reflections

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The Wisconsin River

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Candies

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Parking (Full)

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Downtown Minneapolis

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North Star Blankets

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Mississippi

On Friday, we didn’t have to be in the booth until 10:00. Ian, Brannon and I got up before dawn and walked the mile or so to the Mississippi River, arriving just as the sun did.

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Brit’s Pub

Ian, Brannon and I ate dinner at Brit’s Pub. I ordered bangers and mash because I’d never had it. Awesome!

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Dahl Violin Shop

I spotted this sign on the back wall of an old building down the alley across from my hotel. When I walked back to get this photo, a policeman was checking doors in the other buildings. He stared at me with the chair, but said nothing.

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Spoonbridge and Cherry

I had a couple hours between booth set up and dinner, so I wandered about a mile to the Minnesota Sculpture Garden. Most of my pictures are on Red Chair Road Trip.

The center attraction of the garden is Spoonbridge with Cherry.

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Norske Nook

I traveled to Minneapolis to work in the Awana booth for the Desiring God conference. I drove up by myself in a rented Dodge Avenger. Brannon and Ian drove up in a cargo van with the booth. We met in Osseo, Wisconsin at the Norske Nook restaurant for lunch and pie.

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I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, which was mighty tasty. I also ordered a plate of lefse because I’d never had it and wasn’t sure what it was. Now I know. It’s like a really thin, tasteless pancake. I have no idea if I was supposed to butter it or put jam on it or what. I just ate it and was unimpressed.

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Ian and Brannon

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Or course we ordered pie. I had blackberry cream cheese. It was very good, although the filling was a little weird. It had the texture of Jello and didn’t add much to the taste but it did make the pie a lot thicker.

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Back Yard Balloon

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I was at my desk in my study with the window open when I heard this balloon going over my house. Yes, heard. The balloonist was turning on the jets — whoosh, whoosh, whoosh — to gain altitude to clear the power lines not far away. There wasn’t a lot of wind, so I had plenty of time to grab my phone and remove the screen from the window to get this shot. The light from the setting sun made the balloon glow, but the color photograph didn’t really catch it so I decided to try it this way.

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