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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
Did you count the steps up ? Looks like an Olympian task !
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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hi Garry I never thought of counting the number of steps to the top of Enger Tower for I was too preoccupied with the beautiful scenery; However, thanks to your question I did some internet investigating and discovered that apparently there are 105 steps you must walk to get to the top of Enger Tower (therefore 210 steps in total to get up and down the tower). You really don't need to be an Olympian to get to the top of Enger Tower. Although the number of steps sounds like a lot, and the...
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Re: November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
Thanks Ottoman. Thanks for the reassurance. I did have a fear of a thousand tourists behind me - pushing to ascend the stairway - and all at the gallop. The intervals are all well spaced and welcomed. That's why older people carry a camera !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

PHeymont ·
There's something weirdly wonderful about these outsize sculptures, like this one, and Paul Bunyan, and...it may not meet the standards of high art, but it certainly represents important emotions!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

DrFumblefinger ·
Walleye is the best tasting pan (fried) fish I've ever had. Not hard to make. Lightly breaded, salt and pepper, and fried in butter or canola oil. Largemouth bass are almost as good.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

Travel Rob ·
I love these types of sculptures, how fun! What I want to know Ottoman, is where is the photo of you in front of the sculpture? Am I the only adult who gets a goofy photo taken? Here's mine in front of the Worlds Largest Lobster .
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Thanks for your feedback gentlemen. DrFumblefinger...I agree that walleye (aka pickerel) are probably the best pan fried fish I have ever had. To anyone who has never tried this fish, treat yourself by cooking some up yourself or try it at a restaurant. PHeymont and TravelRob, I'm glad that you also enjoy these types of sculptures. You said it well Paul...there is something "weirdly wonderful" about them. In terms of your question Rob, the reasons I'm not in any of the pictures is...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

vivie ·
Rob, had i known how much you love those, there's a big salmon in Campbellton. I guess you'll just have to come back!
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Apple Valley MN: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

DrFumblefinger ·
A great story, a beautiful car, and great photos. Thanks for sharing, Ottoman!
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Apple Valley MN: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Ottoman ·
Thanks for the feedback DrFumblefinger. Although, if you had seen me taking these photos with my cell phone, I think you would've passed your Fumblefinger name on to me.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hello again Theodore Sorry for the late response to your question. Personally, I do not think it is worth the time and effort it would take for you to drive to Duluth from Minneapolis for only one day in the winter time. The ride from Minneapolis to Duluth one way on Interstate 35 will take you 2.5 hours, and that's under good driving conditions. In the winter, chances are you will encounter bad weather, and that will definitely add to your driving time. Duluth doesn't shut down in the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

DrFumblefinger ·
It`s impressive to see those big freighters making their way through that narrow canal, just clearing that interesting bridge!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Theodore Behr ·
Love the bridge. I like cool designs like this. Hey -- I'm going to Minneapolis in 2 months. Is it worth going to Duluth for a day in the winter time? Or does the place shut down then?
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
This behemoth locomotive is the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (DM&IR) 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" which is now preserved at Two Harbors, Minnesota. Eighteen of these powerful coal burning locomotives were built between 1941 and 1943. The 2-8-8-4s were retired between 1958 and 1963 as diesel locomotives took over. Sadly, only three of the 2-8-8-4s still survive...Number 229 pictured above, Number 227 at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota, and Number...
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May 25, 2017: Superior Entry Lighthouse, Superior, Wisconsin

Ottoman ·
This interesting and attractive lighthouse has stood guard protecting ships entering and exiting Superior Bay since 1913.
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Grand Marais, Minnesota (Where Gumbo was #222)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the popular town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior, it's a great place for people who like to boat, kayak, sail, fish or explore nature.
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June 12, 2017. Susie Island Overlook, Minnesota

DrFumblefinger ·
A lovely roadside stop in northern Minnesota provides a memorable view of the Susie Island chain and Lake Superior
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Spotted on the Road, Apple Valley MN: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Ottoman ·
  My family and I were visiting Apple Valley, Minnesota last week.  One sunny afternoon, we decided to stop for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants.  As I parked our vehicle, my son and daughter said "Dad!  Check out the cool...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 13, 2015: Willie Walleye, Baudette, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
  I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG ....on camera   Meet Willie Walleye, the 40-foot, 2.5 ton ambassador for Lake of the Woods, who  resides in Baudette, Minnesota.       Baudette is a city and county seat of Lake of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 12, 2013: Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
   In today's highlighted photo one can see a freighter leaving the Duluth harbor, making its way underneath the Aerial Lift Bridge, past Canal Park, and heading out to Lake Superior.  The second photo shows the road portion of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 26, 2013: Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
  The Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As you can see in this photo, the Mall of America (which opened in 1992) has something for everybody.  Activities include (just to mention a few) an amusement park (Nickleodeon...
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Minnesota History in St. Paul

Jonathan L ·
Minnesota's been tracking its history since before it was a state. Jonathan L visits the state History Center and the nearby Cathedral of Saint Paul
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November 24, 2016: Enger Tower, Duluth, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Built in 1939 atop Enger Hill, this five story tower provides visitors with a spectacular panoramic view of Duluth Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin.
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Parlez-vous Minneapolis? State seeks French tourists

PHeymont ·
Taking advantage of more direct France-Minneapolis flights, the state is launching a new website and other measures to lure French tourists. DETAILS
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
The engineering skills that produced these mammoths must have been colossal. I can get lost for hours looking at one of these works of art. My wife never gets the sense of history that goes with these living monuments to our past. So I take bundles of photos - "Move along - nothing to see here" "yes my dear"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

DrFumblefinger ·
I've seen that locomotive and it's H-U-G-E! Hard to appreciate how massive from any photos. Thanks for sharing these and reminding me when machines were still built like, well, machines!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
Hi Garry and DrFumblefinger DrFumblefinger, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed this POD. Garry, your story is so funny yet so true. It sounds like my wife and your wife have very much in common and would probably get along great. These machines are just so amazing, I too could admire them for quite a long time. What can I say...maybe it's a guy thing... boys and their toys, and all that. Hopefully one day you and I will be able to meet, ditch our wives, and go check...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 26, 2015: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" #229, Two Harbors, Minnesota

GarryRF ·
I know just what you mean Ottoman ! How can an intelligent person look at huge model train layout and just say : "Ok - what does it do ?" Like casting pearls before swine ! Like getting your 15 seconds viewing the Mona Lisa and just taking photos. Like watching the Space Station pass across the sky like a huge sparkling jewel. "Yes - I know it's the same every time - but it's an amazing piece of..... doesn't matter.."
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