As I write this on Thursday, we are at Two Harbors, MN. Ignore the numbers 7 and 8 on the map, we aren't there yet! It's just part of the trip planning on the program Microsoft Streets and Trips 2011. It has a great GPS dongle and we use the big laptop for most of our GPS guidance, as well as paper maps.
She showed me a gorgeous lap quilt she had made. See why fiber arts and creativity run in my family???
Steve went out and got the rig road-worthy ..we chatted with her neighbor who also had a motorhome. We shared stories and places and things to see. We were soon hooking up the Tracker to the back of the motorhome and saying our goodbyes. They sent the rest of the kuchen with us!
After consulting our maps we headed out for a huge long jaunt up the North Shore.
We only went about 20 miles and stopped at
a a true Icon to the Rug Weaving World, artist Janet Meany.
She and co author Paula Pfaff authored a book which has become the "Bible" to rug weavers around the world. It is called the Rag Rug Handbook and available at this link:
Here are some of the interesting rugs of various designs that she had hanging around her home. I even got to see one of the rugs pictured in her book, which was one of the first rugs I was inspired to weave. I am going to try some of her other techniques and I got some new ideas.
We chatted away the afternoon, and compared our towels from her co-author Paula Pfaff. Paula wove these over 10 years ago! We each have one and they sure hold up. Compared to a cheap Walmart towel made overseas, you can not beat good solid handwoven things made by artists.
Mine on the left, and Janet holding hers on the right.
Of course, some municipality enacts ordinances to prevent overnight parking in RVs. But most business places are very generous allowing you to boondock in their lot, especially if you are standing there with a grocery cart full of purchases from there facility. Most Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, Cabellas, Home Depot, and other major retailers allow it.
The weather was still hot well into the night, and we started out with wide open windows all around the motorhome. By about 1 a.m. it finally cooled off enough to close some of the windows up.
In the morning the skies are gray and clouded over but the temperature is much cooler.
As soon as I am finished with this blog we are going to head north and see what exciting things we can see today. Dad P just called to check on our progress and wanted to make sure were safe and happy. Awwwww
PS An added note about yesterday's campus shooting in St Paul. It turns out there was NO criminal active shooter! It was only the goofy security guard himself, who brought his own weapon to work. He accidentally shot himself in the shoulder and made up the story about someone in the campus woods shooting at him because he was afraid he would lose his job. Kind of like a Barney Fife situation huh? Thinking of all of the students and parents and families who were worried about their loved ones in an active shooting situation and locked down campus. I really think he should lose his job don't you? Thank goodness it wasn't anything worse!