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Teddy Bears enjoy the Grand Canyon!

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Teddy Bear Team makes me proud as we work our way to some great fitness minutes and arrive at our destination: The Grand Canyon!

We did the majority of the travel within the first two days. Twenty-five team members, in nearly 50 posts, were responsible for helping the Teddy Bears reach the Grand Canyon. Special thanks to those who made a log (or more) on our challenge thread: ALISSAB2, ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE (2), BROWNNTWN, CERIUSLY (2), CHANEY, COLOURFULME (3), EHAGFELD (2), FMREES (5), GETTHEGAF (2), HEALTHYGRAMMY49 (2), HONEYBUNMINI (2), JUSTME29, KKFRENCHY, LA SARRE (2), LUSCIOUSSUE (2), MAARTJEBOL (3), MARDEG918 (2), MNMBUDDY (2), MRS.PRINCIPAL (2), NICELYSIMPLE, REJ7777 (2), SNOWFLAKELILYM9 (2), SVELTWARRIOR (2), THETURTLEBEAR (2), and WELLNESSME09 (2)

Have a great time enjoying the Grand Canyon. The view is truly spectacular and breath-taking . . . hereís a few shots from the helicopter ride several of us were on earlier today:

Now to prepare to enjoy some campfire stew and work in some hiking. Keep moving and posting, my friends!

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FREES1 6/23/2011 9:53AM

    thanks for the creativity and sharing the photos... great time to be in the Grand Canyon - and so much time we have to enjoy it as we got there so early in the week!!!
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/22/2011 8:57PM

    Great Photos! Is there somewhere you haven't been?
Was cool to see my name on your list,thanks for the recognition!

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4MRSDAND123 6/21/2011 7:37PM

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2011 4:04PM

    Congratulations to you and the Teddy Bears!

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MSJULES01 6/21/2011 12:36PM

    Way to go.

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COLOURFULME 6/21/2011 8:53AM

    You are welcome!

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/20/2011 10:21PM

    Great one!

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Beauty in Wisconsin and Asia surround me (a photo journal)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I escorted my Nepali family to another beautiful set of waterfalls near at Pattison Park. Thereís also a nice hiking trail. We thoroughly enjoyed our Superior Northland:

Meanwhile, our Teddy Bears landed in Cairo Egypt yesterday. Please forgive me while I take a little creative license (however, the photos are real). My palace accommodations last night were awesome.

Egypt has more than 100 pyramids. The 3 best Egyptian pyramids are the ĎPyramids of Gizaí. These pyramids were built on the outskirts of Cairo.

I see our camels have arrived. Letís go enjoy the sites.

I love that my Teddy Bear Team is visiting Egypt with so many other challenging teams today. Enjoy the beautiful sites and awesome pyramids!

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REJ7777 6/12/2011 9:42AM

    What a beautiful scenery!

The church my sister attends has been helping several Nepali refugee families to get settled in Canada. The Nepalis had only been in Canada a few weeks when my sister and her son took one family to hike up Mount Orford (2,789 feet). My nephew, who's been hiking all over the world, was a bit concerned that their son (about 10) would find the hike up Mount Orford a bit difficult. Was he ever in for a surprise! The boy, who had been so thrilled to learn that he would be hiking up a mountain, started hopping from one rock to the other like a gazelle up that mountain. Then he looked down at my nephew and asked, "Hill! Hill! Where mountain?" He had lived near the Himalayas, and wasn't the least bit impressed with our Mount Orford (a ski resort, and highest mountain in the Townships)!
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SHEILAG1963 6/11/2011 9:18AM

    OH, you had my dream vacation. I have to visit Egypt before I'm too old to enjoy. I've always been fascinated with the pyramids and anything Egyptian!

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LASARRE 6/10/2011 10:31PM

    Great photos!

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RENE54 6/10/2011 2:35PM

    Love the pictures!! Nice tie in to the Teddy Bears Landing!! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/8/2011 5:50PM

    Love the photos! Go Teddy's!

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    Go Teddys!

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INFLATED 6/8/2011 2:42PM

    How tall are the camels when they lie down? Is it difficult to get on one?

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KALISWALKER 6/8/2011 1:21PM

    I love your photos! I look forward to travelling to places like that some day. I like you new profile photo too.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/8/2011 12:52PM

    beautiful family and photos. Thank you so much for sharing them

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FREES1 6/8/2011 12:20PM

    way cool!!! nice to see where we are(n't emoticon)

those falls look nice... enjoy the visit with your family!

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More nature captured at Amnicon Falls!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

When I was home for a few weeks in March and April, I managed to get to Amnicon Falls four times . . . each time is uniquely different depending on the day and who Iím with. God is so good and great:

Iíve learned how to cook curries from a variety of beautiful people. Just as I love eating what others cook, I find it delightful when I can surprise others by being a white American who can cook great curries using similar spices to what my guests would get in their home country. They honored me by asking for the recipe. I brought a couple dals: one made with Masoor (orange) and Moong (yellow) lentils and another made with whole moong (green) lentils. Both went over beautifully. Since I have acquired a spicy Chinese (Hunan and Sichuan) and Sri Lankan appetite, I cut the red chili pepper in half or even a third for my Indian and Nepali friends.

After lunch, we visited Amnicon Falls:

This is my favorite memory as Usha and I found the only blossoming tree to share.

The salwar kameez I'm wearing above came from my visit to New Dehli, India. I spent three weeks in India last June.

Hope youíre finding beauty around you, too!

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MAMASUDS 6/8/2011 10:10AM

    I love your varying Salwar Kameez. I have always wanted one and after seeing your pictures, I was inspired. When I made up my reward list, I added one. I may never make it to India, but I can still enjoy what India has brought to the rest of the world. My son's project this year at school was Indian Architecture. Each group in the class handled a different part of Indian culture and they have had various native Indians visit the school this year and speak to the class. On Friday, the school will have an open house where each class will present their projects. We are looking forward to enjoying some Indian cuisine and learning about other aspects of the Indian culture.

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FREES1 6/8/2011 9:53AM

    looks like a wonderful time!
I'd love to learn to cook some of the cuisines you mentioned.. the combination of spices and flavors are so nice!

quite a difference in your face between this trip and last year.. you've accomplished a great deal on your journey - and what a lovely smile there with your friend and the flowering tree

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Lake Superior Reigns! (a photo diary)

Monday, June 06, 2011

I so love showing off our beautiful great lake to visiting friends. This was about two weeks ago . . . hence, the warm jackets of my compadres visiting from Nepal. While traveling up the Northshore scenic drive, I love stopping at Brighton Beach to enjoy our first view of this gorgeous lake.

Then itís time to get the walking sticks out so we can walk to the lake and maneuver the rocks with a little better balance.

Thereís a little bit of flora by the Slit Rock river along with our entire family.

Then thereís the Split Rock Lighthouse that showcases why we visited this state park. And yes, I really am a tree hugger. (smile, smile)

By the time we came back, the rice had cooked and eggplant, moong dal, and cumin dal curries were heated, as was the grilled chicken. I love getting out my red and white picnic basket and matching table cloth.

Then itís off to Gooseberry Falls, another Minnesota State Park.

A stop to see Tugboat Edna is in order. This is a working ore dock in Two Harbors, where shipments of taconite (iron ore pellets) are transported.

What great views! What a day! After 24 years of marriage, my guy and I expect to walk down to the lake to enjoy a nice dinner.

May you also enjoy and celebrate the beauty around you.

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REJ7777 6/12/2011 9:19AM

    That is such a beautiful photo of you in front of the lighthouse! I can see why you chose it as your profile photo.

During a walk last Summer, my sister and I met a stranger and we started chatting and walking together. All of a sudden, he left the path to go hug a tree. (I blogged about the experience.) He had a favorite tree that he stopped to hug when he walked by. Afterwards, my sister and I both felt that our lives had been enriched by the chance meeting with this friendly tree hugger!

We ran into him again at the end of summer. He had quit his job as an engineer, and taken a job in a wellness center. I hope we run into him again sometime.

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INFLATED 6/8/2011 12:13AM

    I enjoy the pictures. Thank you for sharing an insight into your life.

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FREES1 6/7/2011 3:47PM

    how beautiful!!! wonderful places to spend time!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/7/2011 3:05PM

    We are ****so**** neighbors! ha! Okay, 70 mile away neighbors! I couldn't get over how much the ore dock reminded me of the one in Ashland that is about to be torn down. emoticon Can't wait for our hike sometime and I LOVE the new profile pic! {{{{hugs, sweetest tree-hugging emoticon friend}}}}

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    Your blog has so blessed me just as your comment on my status.

I so appreciate the comment, thank you so much.

Your blog the pictures and what you wrote reminds me of the word of God, days of heaven upon this earth.

Thank you so much for sharing this lovlieness and beauty that only our heavenly Lord of lights could provide for us.
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NINJA-NED 6/7/2011 7:37AM

    i live right by lake erie, and i so appreciate these great lakes. they're beautiful and fun. you look marvelous!

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    Gorgeous photos! Gorgeous outfit! Gorgeous YOU!

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GETTHEGAF 6/6/2011 9:36PM

    Great pics Thanks for sharing another great trip to the lake emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 6/6/2011 3:22PM

    Gorgeous pictures.

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RADIGIRL 6/6/2011 2:24PM

    I love Lake Superior, it is beautiful. We visited Pictured Rocks in Munising, Michigan a few years ago and it was just stunning. The only down side is the water temp...it was the middle of July and in the upper 90's, but we couldn't take a dip in the beautiful water because it was so frigid.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/6/2011 2:11PM

    The yellow salwar Kameez outfit I wore at graduation was a gift selected by the father of Nepali student. This red one is my first salwar kameez suit from Nepal. Both students have recently graduated and moved away from the area (happy, happy . . . sad, sad).

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Connecting with people and nature!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

What a delight to celebrate academic excellence (graduation) with dear friends.

What an even great delight to share nature with friends not familiar with our superior Northland! While they think I have the magic, itís really Godís creation that gives us such magnificent beauty to enjoy. The following skyline and multitude of sailboats is captured from Riceís Point in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Vista Fleet is about to dock while the walking bridge is raised.

The Ivring is permanently docked for tours.

Leif Erikson Park is home to a beautiful rose garden later this summer and hosts many summer time events and weddings. The Lake Superior view is exceptional regardless of the time of day.

Then breaking bread together by adding a fragrant meal, and all is well with the world today:

I hope you are enjoying your walk today!

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REJ7777 6/12/2011 9:11AM

    Nothing is more fun than spending a day with people we care about!

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MARTHAWILL 6/6/2011 9:39PM

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great time. Friends are like gold.

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KALISWALKER 6/6/2011 1:51PM

    I love your photo and sightseeing with you!

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    Wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing!!

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GETTHEGAF 6/5/2011 11:06PM

    Thanks for sharing the nice pics! You look like you were having a great day.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/5/2011 7:03PM

    Looks like a great day! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

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MAMASUDS 6/5/2011 2:47PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I loved "spending" the day with you.

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    Thanks for sharing and looks like you had a great day!

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