Friday, December 22, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

A bunker. An ice house. An illegal casino during Prohibition. These are just a few of the legends. It’s actually the foundation of an unloading dock built by Harvey Whitney, a local businessman, in 1919. Didn’t quite work out the way Harvey planned.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017


After my maternal grandfather died, the brothers had this pump installed in the side yard so that my grandmother wouldn’t have to walk all the way to the spring for fresh water. Alverta could be tough as nails–I remember many a cold winter’s day when she’d walk the dirt lane to our house, about a quarter of a mile away and all uphill, steepest at the very end. My dad would beg her to call ahead so that he drive her in the car and save her some steps. She rarely called, and I never heard her complain. The house, as noted in an earlier post, had electricity, but the kitchen stove was a big wood-fired beast; in the winter, heat was provided by a combination of that stove and a coal stove in the living room. Upstairs, where the bedrooms and the scary stuffed animals were–no heat.
Grandma thought that water pump was about the best thing in the world.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ask For It By Name!

More wandering around my grandparents’ farm. No idea how long this barrel has been sitting there, but at least I couldn’t detect any toxic leakage. Castrol Molub-Alloy gear oils and greases, according to the internets, “offer heavy duty protection for equipment used for heavy and shock load applications.”

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station

President Lincoln's arrival point in Gettysburg on November 18, 1863. The station was in operation from 1858 to 1942.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


This is the house my maternal grandparents built, sometime around the 1930-1940 era. One of the novelties for me as a kid was hauling water from the spring--indoor plumbing was a luxury item the grandparents couldn’t afford. A late-night walk to the outhouse, about 30-40 yards away, was a major adventure. Bonus points for no electricity to the outhouse, so hope that you remembered to grab a flashlight before heading out.

To my knowledge no one has set foot in the house for years. My mom was one of five siblings--currently the property is maintained by the two surviving brothers. But everyone is getting on in years now; not sure how much longer the land will stay in the hands of the family.

I've been traveling to Gettysburg frequently this past year, helping my parents transition from their house to a retirement community. Occurred to me this most recent trip that I'd better make a priority of visiting the farm, which is just down the hill from my folks' place, so I have some sort of photographic record to pass on.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Cascades

Was surprised to read that this is considered one of the less popular waterfalls along the Baptism River; my first impression was one of awe. But this was only my first trip into Tettegouche State Park, so no doubt there are plenty more wow moments ahead. Already looking forward to going back.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hey Sunny

Waiting for the real deal to reappear at the Great Minnesota Get-Together on what looks to be a rainy weekend.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Great Big Wheel

One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America can be found in Falcon Heights, MN (technically not Saint Paul, but let's not fight about it, okay? Okay!) at the Minnesota State Fair.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017