TBT: Cliff Climber

TBT brings us back to Door County and the 90s.  Here I am on some cliff of rocks back in 1992 with an old school Timberwolves sweatshirt.* Also, you gotta love the matching scrunchie. 

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 I always loved our camping trips to Door County every year, as it is such a beautiful place

*This sweatshirt was probably not old school in 1992–but hipsters in Minnesota would probably pay big bucks for that sweatshirt today. Also, while we grew up in Wisconsin, our parents and extended family are from Minnesota, so we had some influence by them on our sporting teams…however I can say Amy and I are hardcore Packers and Brewers fans.

All the baby succulents

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last succulent propagation update, so I figured I should share what’s happening!

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As you can see, I have lots of succulent leaves that have sprouted babies and even more that have started rooting.

By the end of summer, I should have a bunch of babies ready to sell or swap!!

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I’ve been sharing some of my more successful propagation efforts. But that doesn’t mean that all of my efforts have been successful.

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When I see a leaf shriveling or becoming translucent, I remove it from my propagation pots. There’s no point in spending more time on it, unless it’s a special/rare plant I’m trying to propagate.

St. Croix State Park

scsp riverA couple weeks back, Matt and I did a little camping near Superior, Wisconsin. On our way back, we decided to get one more hike in before we headed home. We stopped at St. Croix State Park in Hinckley, Minnesota.

St. Croix State Park has a ton of trails and is a huge state park. It has two rivers and is great for any outdoor enthusiast–from hikers to mountain bikers to canoeists, campers and more.

scsp river bluffWe hiked on the River Bluff trial. It was quite pretty, however the bugs were thick–nothing a little bug spray couldn’t combat as long as you kept moving. 

scsp river bendI always find water peaceful. I would have sat and relaxed a bit beside the river, if it weren’t for bugs that would’ve ate me up. 

scsp river edgeAll in all it was a good hike. The only downside was having quite a few ticks covering Matt and myself…unfortunately Mr. Jack had us both beat on the tick count. We had to have removed 20+ ticks from Mr. Jack. He got a special bath when he got home too. Ticks can be scary with the threat of Lyme disease, luckily we all made it through fine–no tick bites.

scsp river bluff trialOther than our experience with ticks, St. Croix State Park was a fun place to visit. We barely hit the surface of what that state park has to offer. We will have to make our way back there soon.

Yay ‘Merica!

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Happy 4th of July y’all! Enjoy celebrating our great country! Yay ‘Merica!!


(Photo: Big Bang during Summerfest 2014 — Milwaukee, by Papa Kant) 

TBT: Emily’s Goodbye to Milwaukee

TBT brings us back to a sad time…when I left Milwaukee back in 2011. While I miss Milwaukee, I do really enjoy living in the Twin Cities.

When you are leaving your home, obviously you need a going-away party. I love Mexican food, so it was also necessary to stop at one of the many great Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. You could say we had a Going Away Fiestsa.

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Here is Amy, Andy, and I outside of the restaurant. I mean when there is a statue like that outside of a restaurant, how do you not take a photo with it?

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Amy got me with a going away cake…it was delicious.

 cake fail

Cake Fail. Or rather, eating cake in a moving car fail.