Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paul Bunyan and Babe

A few days after having spent Christmas a little to the north of us, we drove back up to Bemidji, Minnesota, or Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox- land. The first time I saw Paul Bunyan, in Brainerd, MN, when I was 6 or 7 maybe, he said our names as we walked up to see him, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever that he knew us!

It doesn't take a towering lumberjack and his blue ox to signal you are in logging country however, one look at the towering trees and you know how vital the trees are to the logging industry that the community of Bemidji thrives on.

But this trip, was all about playing hockey. We had heard the team from Bemidji was good and would give us some solid competition. It was a back and forth game all the way through, but eventually we came out on top 6-4.




 
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Ice fishing houses out on the lake...
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The girl in this photo used to be the baby in the stroller at the rink all the time.  She is 5 now and completely smitten with the coach's newest addition.  Is it not written all over her face how "pleased" she is that she got to hold him?
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The Bemidji hockey arena is gorgeous!  My favorite part was the fireplace roaring in the lobby.
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Travel hockey has been such a great distraction from the winter months and all the snow.  We have a fun group of people whose kids love to play hockey and we just feel lucky to be a part of it.  

9 comments:

  1. Looks like my kind of country, Vicky! I love all the tall pines.

    I think it is great that you get to travel all over Minnesota to these hockey games. You get to see some beautiful scenery and enjoy the company of others too, which will make the winter months much more bearable.

    Thanks for taking us along too! :0)

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  2. Paul Bunyan Wow Is he still cutting trees ? lol
    That will always be a good story.
    And Yey!! You won!! Trip well worth taking lol

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  3. Sounds like you're a great group of friends. Love all the pictures Vicky. I really have to come visit you in that beautiful countryside some day!!!

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  4. So much goodness here!

    I love Paul Bunyon! There's a similar Paul Bunyon in Bangor, Maine, though I think your is more handsome!

    I just love the picture with the coach's new addition! Look at that baby!

    Finally, your header picture is just so peaceful and good.

    All in all, an amazing start to the new year!

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  5. Glad your trip went well ... we have a bundle of snow to deal with.

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  6. Beautiful! It must be fun to take these short trips, get out, do a bit of exploring.

    Love the new header!

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  7. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, regardless of the cold...

    But a game of hockey warms you up, and then calms your thoughts with ice to appreciate!

    Food for thought! HA.

    Drank U. Love love, Andensu. FLY.

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  8. How nice to be able to travel with your kids for games and you get to see cool stuff along the way.

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