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by Lloyd Treichel
Dateline: July 15, 2006 -- Duluth, MN
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One of several painted frogs found along the bike path in Green Bay.
At the Green Bay end of the Fox River Trail, boats at the Marina near the Main Street bridge sported some clever names. "No Stress II" must be causing some stress. It is the second of the series and soon to be followed by a third -- or maybe not -- because it was too stressful.
Some random photos to share:
To celebrate this small group's faithful attendance, one Friday evening we went out for one of those many Wisconsin fish fries. During that evening, we remembered our childhood and growing up in the village of Morrison.
When I hitch up to leave the Green Bay area, I will have social withdrawal. However, as I head down the road, I realize that there are lots of people out there whom I haven't yet met and will soon be great friends. That is the great part about living a nomadic existence and meeting up with the RVing community.
Duluth, Minnesota Exploring.... In spite of my best intentions, I found a bakery. No cinnamon roll, but the scone was good. With the scone and a cup of tea, I sat outside and watched people. At this traffic intersection, the message was always "DONT WALK" if no one pressed the "walk button". Three people arrived and stopped at the curb waiting to cross. They looked across the street waiting for the message to say "WALK". I noted that they stood there as the traffic direction changed three -- perhaps four -- times. They didn't stir to press the "walk button". As if they were aliens to this strange land, they continued to stare across the street. Sitting behind them and too noisy to get their attention, I walked over, pressed the "walk button" and returned to my tea. The lights cycled and "WALK" lit. They proceeded to walk across the street. Really strange!
In the same park is a formal rose garden. Here is one rose bloom that survived last night's rain without hurting its beauty.
From the blogs of Randy and Diana:
RVers Declaration of Independence by Randy Vining
We are not aimless drifters killing time ‘til time kills us. We are adventurers responding to the call of the wild, advancing confidently in the direction of our dreams. We are second-wave pioneers blazing trail to a new life style; perfecting the art of mobility, guiding our swift cozy wagons across mountains, desert and plains; settling briefly in the valleys of anywhere; letting night overtake us everywhere at home.
We are spiritual descendants of Kokopelli, Marco Polo, Johnny Appleseed, enjoying the land but owning it not! We have learned that journey is more important than destination. We lose ourselves in far-flung places, like Invermere, because it is a good way to find ourselves.
We’re the sprouting seed of a brand new breed,
Living simple, light and lean.
Living happy and free as wild Cherokee
In cozy little living machines;
A life that’s bold with oneself in control
And clusters of friends in affection;
Reinventing the tribe and helping revive
Our long lost natural connection.
Choosing sunlight’s glow over ice and snow,
Acceptance over sorrow,
Adventurous game over riches and fame
And today over "iffy" tomorrow.
We prove the truth of Tolkien’s words:
Not all who wander are lost.
Wisconsin residents have many to choose from.
Here are some with comments -- and my interpretation which may be incorrect.
IH8TBY -- I hate to buy. Noted on a small Ford model. A leased car?
SCOBDO -- A fan of the cartoon figure?
MUNE 4 U -- Driven by a philanthropist?
XBLDR -- One time carpenter?
EI EI YO -- Mr. McDonald's car?
BKY BJR -- A fan of University of Wisconsin's Bucky Badger
BUMPER -- on the bumper of a PT Cruiser
UNLKEE -- You an alkee?
TOO ABLE -- High on one's abilities?
Here are more without comment: "RMBR 7 AK" "CALYPSO" "HAP E TAP" "LAKETYM" "NXTDOOR" "PAKMN4" "SCHNOOK" "4 TRIP EN" "MUSIKAL" "MOVEMNT" "MS PUMP" "R CADI" "SNPSHP" "BEERLDY" "HENDOG" "IN 2 PACK" "NUTCASE" "WIELD" "GETOSEC" "ITS HERS" "ROSPTL"
A bumper sticker: "Be a smart ass: Vote Democrat"
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