Old Jerusalem – Part 1

Top of Church of Nations

Top of Church of Nations

Just in time for the holidays, here is my first of four parts on traveling in Old Jerusalem, including the history, religion and (a little) politics.  This first edition discussed Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gesthemane and Church of Nations.  Later posts will cover all the other unique sights to see within the walls, including the archaeological dig (including the second temple), the Ways of the Cross (which led to Mt. Calvary and the burial place of Jesus), the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and even shopping in the bazaar.

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Treasure Falls – Update

Treasure Falls, CO

Treasure Falls, CO

Check out this Facebook page to see an artist’s rendering of Treasure Falls using one of my photos!

https://www.facebook.com/jered.klodt.art

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North Shore in the Fall – Weather and Wonder

DSC05515 2We took our final trip “up north” for the year at the beginning of October.  We were hoping to see some fall colors, as the leaves were just beginning to change, but we got more than we bargained for with the wild weather we encountered along the lake shore.

We’ve been to Duluth, MN many times over the years.  The boardwalk is great to stroll in the summer, and it’s fun to wave as the large ships go in and out of the harbor.  However,  that wasn’t the case earlier this month.

duluth storm 1 (50) 2When we arrived, the North Shore was experiencing “weather”.  A storm was coming in, kicking up large waves you could practically surf (no surfers, but we did see some kayakers).

Roiling waves splashed onto the rocky shore, completely soaking the boardwalk so you couldn’t stroll along it. There wasn’t a ship in sight. Really all you could do was just cower indoors and watch the lake with awe. duluth storm 1 (53) 2

 

Some hardy souls (such as myself) ventured out to snap some pixs, but you were easily blown away by the winds, which gusted up to 46 mph on Saturday, which was the worst weather day.

 

 

Here’s an example of how the lake shore looked during our visit, versus when we’re usually visiting.

View from boardwalk during trip

View from boardwalk during trip

Usual view from boardwalk

Usual view from boardwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove north along the North Shore to Two Harbors, hoping to see some fall colors (we saw some, but it wasn’t peak yet) and caught more lake turbulence.

Along the North Shore

Along the North Shore

 

Not me!

Not me!

Two Harbors

Two Harbors

 

I was nearly washed off the eastern breakwater  in Two Harbors where I was stupidly standing when one particularly enormous wave hit.

 

 

 

 

We had a third floor hotel room overlooking the boardwalk and our windows got soaked just from the spray from the waves hitting the rocks on the shore, it was that powerful. I couldn’t tell at times if it was raining, or if we were just getting wet from the spray off the lake.

Banning State Park

Banning State Park

 

 

 

After a wild night of rain, howling winds and splashing waves, the trees suddenly turned overnight, so we did get to see the fall colors after all.  We had a lovely walk in Banning State Park in Sandstone, MN (see prior post on Banning).

 

My parents enjoying their walk

My parents enjoying their walk

Come visit the North Shore of Minnesota in fall.  You never know what season you might get.

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Chimney Rock, Minnesota

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Check out my new page on an old, unique and easy to explore rock formation in Dakota County Minnesota – Chimney Rock. 

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Cross River Falls Minnesota

Cross River Falls

Cross River Falls

I’m back from my most recent trip up North  exploring more waterfalls.  We introduced my youngest niece  to some of my favorite falls – High Falls on the Pigeon River, Gooseberry Falls and Devils Kettle – did some kayaking, and had a serious fall that I’m still recovering from.

On the way, we discovered the Cross River Falls.

Cross River Falls is right  along highway 61 near Schroeder, Minnesota.  We spotted it as we were driving along the freeway and quickly pulled over.  There is a convenient wayside rest right next to it where you can park and walk to the overpass.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Legend has it Cross River is where Father Baragas planted his cross when he arrived in the area.  There is a now a marker there marking the place where the original cross stood.

Be sure to check out the waterfall from both sides of the overpass.

Check back soon as I have updated pictures for some of the falls we revisited!  Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures of Cross River Falls from a few angles.  We had a lot of rain earlier in the summer and these falls were really roaring!

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More Waterfalls!

Willow River Falls 2 (10)I’ll be leaving soon to go explore more waterfalls, so I’m adding another page to my blog with a great waterfall that’s lots of fun for the whole family – Willow River Falls in Willow River State Park, just north of Hudson, WI.  It’s an easy 30 minute drive from the Twin Cities with lots of hiking to do after admiring the falls. Click here to see the photos and read about the falls.

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Irish National Stud Farm

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The Irish National Stud Farm was my absolute favorite place to visit in Ireland, and it is not well advertised.  It is a short distance outside of Dublin via the freeway in Kildare.  In addition to learning everything you want to know about how they breed thoroughbreds, there are beautiful gardens to enjoy.

At the right time of year the Farm is teeming with newborns.  Be sure to take one of the free guided tours for an in-depth look at how breeding thoroughbreds works.

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More Waterfalls!

Treasure Falls, Colorado

In honor of doing more waterfalling over the Memorial Day weekend, I’ve posted another page with a beautiful waterfall we stumbled upon in Colorado – Treasure Falls.  Click here to see the photos and read about the falls, or go to the Waterfalls page to see pictures of other waterfalls.

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FLOATING IN THE DEAD SEA – OR SURVIVING ONE OF LIFE’S MOST EMBARASSING MOMENTS

Sorry for the break in posting, but I began the year with a two-week tour of Israel.  Why Israel?  Why not?  I learned a lot about history, religion and the current political climate on this tour (plus had some fun and did a lot of shopping).  Look for more detailed posts later about this country, which was not exactly what I expected.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a taste of this trip, our visit to Ein Gedi Spa on the Dead Sea, and enduring one of life’s most embarrassing moments – appearing in public in a bathing suit – for the sake of adventure.

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The Day Trip Into The Grand Canyon They Won’t Tell You About!

Rafting Down the Colorado

While on our 3-week odyssey through the National Parks earlier this year, we spent 3 days exploring the Grand Canyon.  One of those days was spent on a trip into the Grand Canyon by jeep, a tour the rangers at the official Grand Canyon visitor centers won’t tell you about.  Come read about this adventure and see photos from inside the Canyon and along the Colorado River!

 

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