Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday Trip

Last Tuesday we took off on an adventure.  The leaves were at the height of their Fall color.


We made many stops along the way.


This public access to a small lake was a perfect place to stretch our legs..Chance is a good traveler…but we all need to get out of the car!  We stopped at a few Antique Shops, and visited a few places that are total blog fodder.

Our destination is clear..


Follow the yellow brick road..follow the yellow brick we are not in Kansas..we are in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the birth place of Judy Garland.  There is a museum there ..but it is only open on weekends in the winter..and they think winter starts right after Labor Day.  I wanted to see the Ruby Slippers..then I heard that they were stolen back in 2005. We will have to go back again..on a weekend. They must have some other fine memorabilia there.  I did see a pair of ruby slippers in one of the Antique Shops..unfortunately I hardly ever take my camera into Antique Shops.

This time we were there to see two special ladies. The first one was Far Guy’s Cousin,  we had a lovely visit with her..Chance played ball and pooped in her front yard. We found out later that the next door neighbor has hand raised two baby skunks that have been known to spray dogs..luckily we did not see them. Her dogs Curley and Macy have both been sprayed.  She reported that both times a diluted bleach water worked the best to remove the worst of the offensive odor.

In the evening we headed to the Library, to meet the second special lady.  Chance was walked once again..before we headed to the book club talk where Laurie of Three Dog Blog and the Author of News To Me Adventures of an Accidental Journalist was being featured.   It was a pleasure to meet Laurie and have her sign my copy of her book.  Her interview was awesome, just like Laurie!  If I had not already read and reviewed her book..I would have bought it.  Far Guy enjoyed Laurie’s stories too!  IMG_8115

Laurie is on the right, she was interviewed by a local Grand Rapids Gal that had a local radio show about books.  Anyway..both of these gals who said they were both “shy” were very entertaining!  Far Guy said “They both have a way with words.”  It was a very casual gathering..with cookies and hot apple cider served.  We were welcomed by several seemed to be a real friendly group of people…they had on their Minnesota Nice!  This was a lovely way to end our adventure and head back home:)


Country Gal said...

Sounds like a perfect day, my kind of day and adventure! Great photos and post ! Alot of our trees are still green here. Have a wonderful day !

Lanny said...

The fall color is gorgeous! Someone stole the Ruby Slippers? So the point of having them would be to show everybody, but they stole them so really they can't show anybody? What the heck!

What a Grand trip!

DayPhoto said...

A perfect blog trip for me also!


Maery Rose said...

I was at one of Laurie's readings in Minneapolis and got a signed book too. She is such a good storyteller. The leaves are just gorgeous in your neck of the woods. Not quite as colorful here yet but it's getting there.

Linda said...

Hope you got lots of "blog fodder" (I have a file on my 'puter with the same name) along with a great trip!

laurie said...

it was so great to see you, and to meet Far Guy! thank you for coming! and oh the leaves were gorgeous. i am just back in st. paul after doing a reading in duluth, and the drive home was spectacular.

Becca's Dirt said...

Sounds like a good outing for all of you. Love all the color in the landscape. My all time fav movie is The Wizard of Oz. I watched this movie EVERY year without missing till I was 21 and then nearly every year when my kids were growing up. They weren't as fascinated with it as I was.

Leah said...

A fun trip --- a picture of ruby red slippers would have been wonderful - somebody stole them?

Emma Rose said...

Stole the Ruby Slippers??????? No, not really??

How wonderful for you & Laurie to finally meet. It is amazing how blogging brings people together. It sounds like a perfectly wonderful day - well, except for the Ruby Slipper thing.

Emma Rose

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day. And that autumn foliage is lovely!