Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fort Snelling State Park

 The Minnesota River next to Pike Island

 Last week, Doug and I enjoyed an easy three mile walk around Pike Island in Fort Snelling State Park.  Surrounded by the Mississippi River on one side and the Minnesota River on the other, the island is a good place to see where the two rivers converge. This was my first visit to the state park, although I've visited Historic Fort Snelling several times.

Our sons would have loved to investigate all the hollowed out trees when they were younger.  I can only imagine the stories they would have made up.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

El Rastro Flea Market in Madrid

El Rastro Flea Market in Madrid

The flea market is held every Sunday and public holiday.  Several antique shops in the area are also open on Sundays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid

 Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid

 This market, located near Plaza Mayor in Madrid, reminded me of the Borough Market in London, on a smaller scale.  The deserts below were oh so tempting.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scenes from Madrid, Spain

Puerta del Sol in Madrid

During a visit to Madrid, we spent a lot of time wandering around Puerta del Sol and the surrounding area.  We enjoyed exploring the side streets and sitting outside at different cafes we found.  Doug even found an Irish pub, called Dubliners, where he enjoyed a pint of Guiness.

Just off Calle de Cadiz

Just off Calle de Espoz y Mina

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wild Horses on Assateague Island

 More wild horses from Assateague Island National Seashore.  They were hanging out near the parking area of one of the campgrounds.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Assateague Island National Seashore

Wild horses, viewed from the Ferry Landing

During a recent trip to Maryland, we visited the Assateague National Seashore.  Although we didn't see any wild horses on the beach, there were several in other areas of the park.  Unfortunately, these horses were far way from us and the quality of the shots was affected by the need to zoom in, especially on an overcast, windy day.

Same wild horses, viewed from road leaving the park

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Antique Power Show

Car Dealership

This past weekend, Doug and I went to the Antique Power Show at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, MN.  We enjoyed wandering the grounds, exploring restored old buildings like the Little Log House that started the village, a general store, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, telephone building and jail.  Although most of the buildings were over 100 years old, there were a few that were newer, like the car dealership above.

Porky's Drive-In

A new addition this year was Porky's, a drive-in previously located on University Ave in St Paul. The restaurant opened in 1953 and closed earlier this year.  This weekend, the carport was filled with classic cars from local clubs.  Vintage cars and trucks were also displayed at the old car dealership nearby.

The Little Log House that started it all.

In addition to touring all the old buildings, you could watch demonstrations at the butcher shop, flour mill, print shop, engine shed and blacksmith shop as well as demonstrations of threshing, basket weaving, quilting, and spinning in other areas of the village. There were also Military displays and demonstrations, model railroad trains and old tractors to look at. 

Vendors sold various items inside different buildings, and a large flea market was located outside. The grandstand had tractor and truck pulls and children could visit the barnyard and petting zoo. Refreshments were available at the saloon and various food stands.

A lot to see and do during this annual open house of the Little Log House Pioneer Village. If you get a chance to check it out next year, don't miss it.