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Old 08-15-2015, 05:34 AM   #659
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Beautiful pictures, Jim.



What Rendezvous are we talking about?





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Thank you Maggie. The compliment on the photos belongs to Christopher so I will pass it along.
I have not been to the Rendezvous at Grand Portage but have visited Fort William which has duplicated the activities that take place at Grand Portage. Both fort locations share the same history and both Forts have reenactments of the Rendezvous. The Fort at Grand Portage was replaced by the Fort at Fort William when the North West Company partners decided to move to an environment where they could escape increasing taxes. Sort of the opposite to today's environment. The article by Twobikes that you pointed us to, provides a great description of the Grand Portage activities. Jim


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Had a lovely visit with Doug's Mom, and Lily did an outstanding job of licking and nuzzling, producing many smiles.

For a non-dog person, she really revels in the attention and affection from this dog.

Her time and place orientation drifts in and out, and short term memory is still poor, but she will be 98 in a few months so that is well earned.

Says she feels fine and has a good appetite. She never mentioned her cancer....I wonder if she forgot.

When we got ready to leave, she grabbed her wheeled walker and walked us up the hall, thru the lobby, and to the front door.

What a woman.

A 450 mile round trip, and a very long day, but I'm really glad we went.


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"Relationships last long not because they are destined to last long. Relationships last long because two brave people made a choice....to keep it, fight for it, and to work for it. ". Anonymous
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Been away from the thread for awhile now, so good to catch up. Thanks for continued words of wisdom and anecdotes - nothing like experience to shine light upon a subject. In fact, I'm going out right now to check the lugs on our new set of tires bought a month ago.

We choose who to share our lives with but at the risk of parting ways at some point. Some choose to continue affecting other lives despite the absence. That's what this thread does. I'm out the door!
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:26 PM   #663
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Thank you.

Some words of wisdom, perhaps, and certainly experience....in and amongst a lot of idle chitchat, is the truth.

My son's middle boy....the 10 year old....will be learning cello in the school orchestra this year. What?!....at age 10? This the one who has begun wearing soft contact lenses....the only one of them with glasses, and he is getting to be a big boy, wants to look like other kids, I guess. Yikes.

They are growing up so quickly. School starts for them Wednesday.

Interstate is pretty much ready to go, but for a few things in the morning, then we're heading north for a couple of weeks.

This was our glorious retirement life together....we worked for it, planned for it, and saved for it....and it calls to me now like it called to the both of us...and if I can, I must go.


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Headed up north?

Hi Maggie,

I will be "up north", leaving next week, Tuesday, for Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, then back down to Illinois, Old Route 66, and return to North Carolina.

Back the same way a bit later. So, if you are anywhere near.....holler...
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Hi Tommie!

I remembered you being in Blm-Nrml over Labor Day weekend? Is that still your plan? I will be home early that week, otherwise solely in the eastern half of the UP to Whitefish Bay-ish. So....let me know.


We are tonight somewhere in middle WI, east and north of Janesville in a PA campground.

Had an uneventful ride up....tho I am a bit hypervigilant about noises and any movement of the Interstate that could be a wheel falling off. Wind, trucks passing, etc., make me wide-eyed.

Stopped around the 50 mile mark and had a very nice, extremely talkative mechanic check and tighten all the lug nuts....took him about 5 minutes to do that, after 50 minutes "getting the specs" while talking a blue streak. $10 cash, no receipt, got it done.

Tomorrow....Lake Superior.


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that's a good one... and timely too!!!! hugs and love from here.... keep having fun!!!
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Maggie , I was fixing myself a Jameson's & Ginger. Doing so my thoughts went to you , Doug & Lilly.
Hope you are doing OK. We are doing OK ourselves. It is hotter than Hattie's here in Port O'Connor
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Hi Red, and thank you. I am in your email address book, you know. . Hi to Nancy, and glad I am not in Texas in August.


We are in Munising, MI, for the night, will move slightly east in the morning.

63 degrees when we arrived here....lovely.

A long and winding drive up today, on back roads as we went north which were reminiscent of those into Chaco Canyon.

Lake Superior is still as beautiful as I remembered.

Thank you, too, Gail. Other people's words, so comforting when they describe exactly what you feel.


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