Memorial Day 2012!

May 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

As I sit here on Memorial Day, I happened to miss something that I really did want to see. The cemetery where my mom isĀ buriedĀ has Memorial Day service that I thought would be a blast to photograph. I had thought that this was in the afternoon, but heard the gunshots at 10:30am.

For Memorial Day I think that we should be recognizing everything that has served their country, their community, etc. I think that we do not take enough time to thank the people that are their for us.

Some politicians make a lot of money, so do a lot of people. Many people though are volunteering and serving their community in many different ways. Thinking back to the Minneapolis tornado of 2011, someone died in the cleanup service to others. He did not die as a result of a bullet, but he should be remembered.

I work in a government position and everyone thinks that government has to be the best job out there. Someone that I happen to work with thought that I actually made okay money but later was shocked when I told him the salary that I do make since they know how many phone calls and emails I receive.

People volunteer, serve, cleanup, etc. Take some time to thank them.

MnGCA Spring Event 2012!

May 19th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Minnesota Geocaching Association held their annual spring event and meeting today at Kensington Runestone County Park in Kensington, Minnesota.

About an hour from my house, I ventured off heading towards the wrong park. Upon arrival at the Lake Carlos State Park, I drove around realizing that nobody was here. I pulled up to a discolored little moving rock, a really small snapping turtle. I thought that this was going to be a lot of fun. It is not very often you are able to play with a small turtle, especially a snapping turtle.

Just getting a new lens for my camera, I was able to get a lot of really interesting photos that I will post in my photo gallery but I was just excited to play with it. No matter what though, I could not get him to “snap” on a branch to move him. I think that he was so small that he was just shaking in his shell. I used a stick and made a fork to lift him up to move him in the direction of his travel. I laid him gently in the grass and was off to my phone so that I could find where this event was really at.

No service! Leaving the park, since I had a funny feeling that I was in the wrong area, I made my way back to Alexandria. Once there, I started the phone search only to find that it was south of me by about 20 miles in Kensington Runestone County Park. Well, I am glad that I made it close!

At the park I poked my way around, seeing friends that I have not seen in forever! I did the nice pass out the pathtag thing for a bit and found Sue (another cacher) and we rummaged around the park. I was doing some thinking on the medallion at which I thought that I might as well give up as I will have more luck with the hangman.

Hangman… another fun game with a GPS. Sue and I rummaged around the park trying to find the area at which we would get the cache (and the prize). My GPS said that we were off by about 300 feet when Sue and I gave up because we did not think that it would be across the road and discounted it as an error. When they were about to announce the last number I made a dash for the woods asking Sue to send me a text with the final coord.

Arriving in the middle of where it could be I wanted to try something since I had a small head start. With a little time to play, I ventured off to the furthest location and thought that I would work my way in. Starting with nine, I searched around… nope, eight, nope… new text in the midst of no service here as well. FOUR!

Plugging it in to my GPS, I was only about 250 feet off. Making a dash for the location I see about a dozen people digging around. Looking at my GPS they are all scattered just guessing. With about five people digging at a stump, I actually looked at the GPS. We are close! Everyone ventured off to look in other directions when I looked down and seen something shine. Moving a small piece of well placed log, BINGO!

The container was a small lock n lock with a piece of paper inside. Yes, I won. I won a coin thanks to Sue.

After staying back and chatting with a few more people I received a call from Sue, supper! We stopped at Charlie’s in Freeport and I had to pay since we won the coin! What a fun day!

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It’s Open! Fishing Opener 2012!

May 12th, 2012 § Comments Off on It’s Open! Fishing Opener 2012! § permalink

First off let’s say congrats to Dylan, he had passed his test today and received his ticket.

Today is fishing opener! Today we are taking the time for a nice day to see if the fish our biting.

Dylan’s hope for Walleye, we are off to the Sauk River in Waite Park Minnesota for a quick trip since Dylan had his test this afternoon. After seeing a few people in the area, I was guessing that we were not going to find the best location and recommended that we go to a little fishing hole that I enjoy. At the Sauk River were were able to each catch a small northern pike. Northerns are what I enjoy fishing for, so it made me happy even though they were too small to keep. At about 6pm Dylan had given in and we were off to Clear Lake.

At my little hole we had grabbed a couple more fish. We each had a couple nice fish that had gotten away, but we did get a couple in. Dylan caught the first fish and had a nice size bass. I responded to the challenge and had caught one a couple inches larger. The only down side is that bass opens in a couple weeks.

I had also caught a nice bluegill, which was odd because it was on a Mepps #4 Spinner? Talk about a little odd. It was definitely fun though and I had a great time just getting out.

And if you want to see more photos, click here!

Where it all goes! National Weather Service

May 6th, 2012 § Comments Off on Where it all goes! National Weather Service § permalink

The National Weather Service is offering tours today and the ability to poke around their offices in the Chanhassen, Minnesota office. Being the National Weather Service is a federal office, tours are always fun to see where our funds are going. Loving the Emergency Management field, I made a couple calls to find someone to go with.

A friend of mine from a neighboring community had the day off due to foul weather, what a perfect opening! Come on Paul, let’s go!

The National Weather Service Forecasting office did not look anything like I had imagined, even my guest Paul said that. We pulled up to a nice Minneapolis suburb with cut grass looking for towers only to find none. You pull up to the building and you can see the standard federal sign, NO TRESPASSING!

At the National Weather Service office I was greet by some friends. It was nice to see everyone again, but I was curious to see the toys. Inside the building I was surprised to see all screens and really felt like I should just move right in. Honey, I am home!

With a brief explanation of some of the toys I ventured off for photos. I really enjoyed seeing where I chat with when I radio the National Weather Service. This gives explanation to everything that I do.

Rounding off the day with winning a couple stickers and a ruler made the day. Heading off with Paul for the hour long drive home we grabbed a Wendy’s Frostie and recapped the day and our purposes in our lives with emergencies.

If you liked the photos, I have more in the photo gallery.

Dead in the water!

May 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

So driving home from work on Tuesday my phone starts going off. Tornadoes in Stearns County and emergency management is activating us. I am heading that way and my car oddly enough stalls. Gearing up I am heading out and I am to sit on the highway. So I bunker down in the median and I am sitting on highway 94 at highway 15. I am just waiting here for my partner and I thought that it might be interesting to sit and chat. So, I radio into our dispatch and let them know that I am in position and just sitting here.

My battery light comes on… interesting! So as I am sitting on the side of the road I am a little worried about everything and just wondering what is really going to happen to the car. I get out and I thought that I would wait for Dylan when all of a sudden my car dies.

Now, I am not too worried, stuff like this happens all the time. I just have to restart my car. I get in and turn the key, nothing. Okay so I thought that I would call Dylan first. He is like five miles out… thank God. Gee… flashing lights… who could this be… State Patrol. Nicely enough they knew who I was and I explained the situation. They gave me a jump before Dylan even got there. My car is running!

NOT! My car dies again. Dylan jumps it and sure enough no lights or anything. Well I was able to make it home but not without an interesting night. I phoned into our dispatch and said that I was heading home. Dylan and went out for waffles at Keith’s Kettle in Clearwater.

A couple days later and now my car is getting repaired. With a faulty alternator (again) and a couple other things wrong, I am ready!