Monday, September 24, 2007

Where We Were

On Friday evening and Saturday, we briefly escaped to historic Red Wing, Minnesota.

We love Red Wing and have stayed in the town before. Most recently, we were fortunate enough to get away for two nights in early March. We stayed at the historic St. James Hotel right in the middle of a blizzard, and spent a couple of days feeling lazy and pampered. If you have to visit somewhere while a blizzard is raging outside, please make sure you stay in a place like the St. James Hotel.

However, the St. James Hotel does not take pets.

We spent a quiet evening reading and writing in a somewhat less luxurious hotel where Scout was welcome. We spent the next beautiful day hiking along the Mississippi River and climbing around Barn Bluff. It was warmer than we expected, and the hike wore both of us humans out. But Scout loved every minute of it. She even made a few new friends. We stopped at Pottery Place Antiques for lemonade and iced coffee before heading home that evening.


We made an impulse stop in Hastings, where classic cars were gathering for a car show. It was Scout's least favorite stop, although she did make one or two friends. She didn't like standing so close to cars revving their engines.

Once home, I finished up the evening by doing the dishes and cleaning out the ice cube keeper. For some reason, I felt a small sense of calm after getting this task done.

So, a brief getaway to a beautiful place -- and finally cleaning out the ice cube keeper -- these two things made me feel ready to face the new week.

9 comments:

Pastor David said...

How small a Lutheran world it always seems to be! Red Wing is home town to none other than my dear old Dad, who grew up there while Grandpa was serving St Paul Lutheran. I have heard many a story about the years spent there, and attended a number of special events at the St James (in fact, my parents were just in Red Wing two weeks ago for a high school reunion)

Diane said...

wow, pastor david, it IS a small world

"PS" said...

Sounds like a snippet of paradise.

Kievas said...

I'm glad you found a place where Scout was welcome. Some day, our family will manage to do that...I hope.

Jan said...

What fun! Welcome home.

FranIAm said...

Sounds so lovely and I hope you got what you truly needed Diane!

mompriest said...

When I think of Red Wing I think of boots, boots I sold and wore a long time ago...

glad you had a wonderful time away...

Rowan The Dog said...

I'm glad you found a nice place where Scout was welcome. You are a good guardian for making that kind of sacrifice.

Love,

Rowan

David said...

I love the upper mid-west, especially the Great Lakes region. Sounds like you had a great trip to Red Wing.