Saturday, July 11, 2015

Return to Southeast Minnesota

Below are a few photos from this gorgeous corner of the state. Also a shot of the replica made of a big northern my brother caught ice fishing a couple years ago. David and I went exploring the streams as well. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Part V: Interlude or In Which We Find Ourselves A New Home

Our Virginia residency chapter has come to a close. 

After a couple flights and a timely in-air nap, we flew into Rochester, Minnesota. We officially begin our year in Rochester. 

Forget what you hear about cold winter. Forget mosquitoes and snow accumulation. All four seasons are beautiful here. Well, to me anyway. 

We stayed at my parents condo while our rental needs to be cleaned. With a free day for the three of us, we woke with the sun and set out to explore our new neighborhood. 

The Soilder's Field park is two blocks from us and located on the corner of awesome and spectacular. This park is great. With separate areas for different ages of kids, Little David had the pick of the litter in the truck playground. 

Mom and Baby nap on the plane. 

A fly over of Southeast Minnesota.

David woke up to start the day right with some barn yard toys. 

Mom and David head into the park. 

David in the truck sand box. 

Since we got there early, the "tot-lot" was his kingdom.

Mommy and David enjoying the swings. 

A quick stop at the local co-op.

Bananas, scone, and figs. 

The summer breeze through the window with the scent of echinacea on its shoulders.

Naps for all after such a long trip.

A local eatery for a drink and the adventure begins. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Painting Through Prosek: Black Skimmer

I wanted to do at least one more painting before we move and a Virginia Coastal bird seemed appropriate. I love these birds. They glide long distances skimming the surface of the water with only their mandible/beak dragging below the surface fishing for food. So cool to see. They often are in pairs. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Norfolk Staycation: days 3 and 4

Day 3:

Wednesday we grabbed life by the horns and ran out to the shenandoahs for a quick hike followed by a stop at a favorite BBQ spot in Gordonsville, Va before returning to get david from daycare. He would not have done well in the car for the 6.5 hours. Did we feel a bit guilty? Yes. It turns out we would get to spend the rest f the week with him home from daycare. 

We hikes humpback rock which was short and fun. We had a great view from the top. 

David has really got into books lately which has been fun. He has such a great sense of humor. 

Day 4:

It turns out God wanted us to know we were spending too much time away from baby david on staycation so he helped out by having david throw up a couple times. The bunny and bear were collateral damage. Fortunately David rallied and we have been having a great time. He seems to be doing just fine now.

We haven't made it to the zoo like we wanted but we have gotten lots of botanical gardens and beach time. We did bring david to the Virginia beach oceanfront but I failed l get pictures. 

We did make a second trip to Bay Local and I had a soft shell crab grits combo which was delicious; however I feel the vacation diet is catching up with me. I think I need to loosen the belt a bit.  

Behind David in this last photo is our local fisherman. He is a nice guy who is working hard to find the fish. David likes his gear. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Video: The Last Big Run

Virginia has been good to me. Very good. Still, the time has come to move on. A few members of the local Trout Unlimited chapter (Bill Wills Southeast Virginia TU Chapter) and I made one last run to the mountains to find some hearty brookies. 

With some tips from the boys at the South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro, Virginia, we found our way to a great stream holding wonderful fish. Tenkara has been good to me in the Shenadoahs, and that held true one last time.

Filmed on Gopro Hero, iphone 4s
Music: David Nash "The Fisherman"

Norfolk Staycation: Day 2

Yesterday was another great day. We are enjoying having a little mommy/daddy time keeping baby David at daycare for the mornings and then picking him up early to get extra time with him in the afternoon. 

Yesterday we dropped David off at daycare, grabbed some coffees and headed to a local used book shop. We got a neat cookbook for us and a fun book for David. 

Then we drove out to the restaurant Bay Local in Virginia Beach to try a new spot for brunch. It was AMAZING. Sara had the Jamaican Rum French Toast and I had Biscuits and Gravy with a side of sautéed kale (the greens cancel the gravy in terms of unhealthiness). 

Then we went home to digest, and I put the kayaks on the car and we drove down to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to paddle around (an activity not safe for the little guy). We saw a snake, cranes, egrets, and a lot of gar including one massive one being trailed by either their pups or potential mates. The girth was the size of my thigh and it swam right underneath my paddle board. Crazy. 

After that, we picked up the little guy and had him help up wash off the kayaks. Then we realized and enjoyed bath and story time. After an awesome game of cribbage in which I won (this rarely happens), Sara and I went to bed early because Wednesday, we had big, big plans.

The sunscreen made David's eyes a bit puffy. Poor little guy :(

A gopro shot from the kayaks. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Norfolk Staycation: day 1

This week is a week to enjoy The best of the best in Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. Sara and I are taking a week off of work and staying local. For day one we started with breakfast at shipwrecked Sally's. We indulged in the eggs Benedict. It was delicious. After a relaxing midday nap, we went for a jog, picked David up from daycare, and headed to the botanical gardens for and afternoon walk. It was all giggles all afternoon with David and Sara and I are made party salads for dinner and enjoy some linenkuegel Summer Shandy and the movie Into the Woods. Day two is already proving to be just as good.