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In getting ready for our annual trip to the Big Horn Mountains above Sheridan, Wyo. for a week’s stay at Arrowhead Lodge, Genie and I reminisced about all the great things we have seen on our travels. Following are just a few of the better ones (As you read this, we should be at Arrowhead Lodge.)

• A beautiful moonlit evening with huge silver dollar snowflakes coming down as we’re enjoying a Valentine’s Day evening meal at Sportsman’s Lodge on Lake of the Woods.

• Driving the car across the top of the Big Horn Mountains above Buffalo, Wyo., as we drive through clouds.

• Being in an earthquake in the Green Mountains of Vermont and seeing where the quake caused the highway to heave up.

• Seeing a fully-grown coyote jump up in the air and pounce on a mouse at the top of the mountain above Shell Falls, Wyo.

• Being inside the Igloo Bar and Restaurant, and fishing through the ice at the same time, on Lake of the Woods.

• Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

• A redwood tree so big that we drove our HHR car on the road right through the middle of it in Northern California.

• While in a small plane (on our way to teach vacation Bible school through Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (L.A.M.P.) in Canada), an adult bald eagle with very white feathers flying right alongside us, just below the wing of the airplane.

• A plump woodchuck sitting on top of a wooden fence post by the source of the Mississippi at Itasca, Minn.

• A double rainbow, just as we sat down to eat prior to dancing at the Cotillion Dance Club at the country club in Austin (Call us if you’re interested in joining).

• An ice heave that we heard coming (it sounded like a jet approaching), and then the ice heave as it went by, close to our fish house on Mille Lacs Lake.

• A newborn baby mule deer on a crisp April morning in the Big Horn Mountains – so new that steam was coming off the body as Mama Deer was licking her just-born baby.

• A bear board in the U.P. of Michigan that looked so real, we thought it was. Then it moved and we knew it was a live bear.

• In taking a picture of the full moon in the sky over Beaver Lake we could also see the full moon in the water. Yes, the picture showed the full moon in the sky and in the water.

• Drifting sand covering a miniature golf course on the outer banks of North Carolina. (They use a road grader with a big blade to move the sand off the road.)

Short Shorts:

A. To the exact date, a 50th Wedding Anniversary at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. Whose? Genie and I invite you to attend Saturday, Sept. 28. From 2-5 p.m.

B. Monday, Sept. 30, the Area Social Event of the Year at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church, from 4-7 p.m. (Also known as Soup and Pie Supper.)


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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