Friday, August 08, 2008

Papa goes west of Missisippe, meet Family and joining a Big Band Concert

This TORsday was a Day on the Road.

From the state of Illinois, via Wisconsin to Minnesota.
I'm West of Missisippi. Up North in USA. Where so many Norwegians did emigrate 100 years plus ago.
Norse Homeland, with other words.

I had a rest. Lunch. Fruits and Water only. Nobody to take a picture of me. But you see my Table. I did need that half an hour rest from the Interstate.

This is only a fraction of todays experiences. Have me excused for that (or, thanks God, he is not going to write a loooooong post)

- but more from today will be posted later - Scream.

At last, on the west side of Missisippi . Here you see the Locks at La Crosse.

I ended up in the Town of Faribault, which have the first Cathedral built west of Missisippi (too dark to take a picture today).

Family of course, what else?

Here is cousin Bob and his Wife Amy. She is born and grown up in Faribault. An hour our so by Car south of the Twin cities ( St. Paul - Minneapolis). We have not met since August 2006. First time I met Bob was in -95. In Portland, OR.

Amy's brother Roger is a famous landscape Architect. His garden are visited by gardening lovers from all over US. About 1500 hundred during the short summer season. Amy - Bob - Roger (from left to right) - Both Bob and Roger played Trumpet when younger.

This is only a glimpse - more to come for Garden lovers.

Then we went to a Public Big Band Concert in the Town's Main Park:

Here they are. Old friends and even cousin Bob. Who played Trumpet in Glen Millers Orchestra in the 1940'ies
. More to come about that. Amy's brotherplayed with Benny Goodman, also Trumpet. See the point?

Even the Dogs did enjoy. It's Amy's brother's back you see here. And the three Puddles.

The Big Band concert was great. Here you see the the Saxophone groupe at the Finale. They went down to the audience. Great.

Excellent concert - given to the public by local sponsors

More to come, so stay tuned....
PS. I have to rush, to remember all the wonderful experiences.

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Anonymous Maribeth said...

So glad you are having such a good time. The USA is a huge, glorious country, with many beautiful places.

August 08, 2008 11:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are having such a fun trip, TorAa! my friend went to school in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is that the same place you are showing? I suppose I could look it up in google maps but the heat wave doesn't allow me to think straight...
Looking forward to more suprises.

August 08, 2008 1:42 pm  
Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

You are taking some great pictures Tor...beautiful country. It looks like you really are having a good time my friend. Love the garden pic and the one with the puppies in the basket. That Big Band Concert looked like fun. Take care Tor...enjoy the rest of your visit....

August 08, 2008 3:29 pm  
Blogger Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a wonderful time you are having. Good for you. Just enjoy the states. Big hug. :)

August 08, 2008 5:34 pm  
Anonymous SwordMama said...

My Gram and Pop listened to the big band music a lot, so I got to hear some of it. :-) It has a nice feel too it. Wonder who played the trumpet in Glen Miller's band? My Gram and Pop would LOVE this! :-) That garden is so extraordinary! :-D That's great that you're having lots of fun in the good ole U.S.A.

August 08, 2008 7:46 pm  
Anonymous RennyBA said...

What a great trip and what traveller you are!
Good to see you along with family and friends too and what lovely garden!
The concert: You know I envy you - looks and sounds so great!

Btw: Come on over: you are Awarded!

August 08, 2008 8:24 pm  
Anonymous DianeCA said...

We understand that you have to have time to enjoy your vacation and not just write about it. Its so much more inspiring that way!! Ahhh the mighty Mississippi (a word none of us spell wrong, ask me why in person sometime). Looks like you are having a great time, and I am envying you!!

August 08, 2008 10:09 pm  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

So many wonderful experiences! *whistles*

You have material for a lot of blog posts now. I'm looking forward to see some more - especially from that garden!!!!!!

August 13, 2008 11:34 am  

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