This is the gondola we see outside our window and the one President Ford rode in up to give his speech on top of the mountain. I haven’t been up in it yet – maybe tomorrow. It is misty and chilly today.
(We spent a week in Vail playing tennis and hiking. We actually saw President Ford getting out of the gondola.)
This is a picture of the Queen’s refurbished castle in the Hague (Paleis Huis ten Bosch). She and family are moving in today so flags are flying, there is music and dancing all over the city. A “tub race” is going on in the park near my apartment. I’m going to walk over and see what it is.
“The St Croix River joins the Mississippi here. In 1680 explorers Hennepin and DuLhut both passed this point. About 1755 this area was the site of a surprise attack in which over 335 Sioux were killed by Chippewa Indians. In 1827 Fort Snelling army officers made the first claim for a town site in the upper Mississippi country at this location. To hold the claim, Philander Prescott, an Indian interpreter and trader, established a trading post and ferry across the St Croix here in 1839.”
Prescott is a small town of about 4,500 people. On summer weekends it is flooded with motorcycle riders. We saw close to 100 just in the short time we were there. They kind of overwhelmed the two block downtown area. But down the river(s) it was very pleasant with lots of boaters.
Up the road a ways is Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Ellsworth is the cheese curd capital of of Wisconsin and has a cheese curd festival every summer.
We arrived yesterday after a nice flight. We tried to get caught up on new clothes, hamburgers, and milk today! This is really a fabulous place – beautiful, too. We are staying in Kowloon with a nice view of Harbor, ships and Hong Kong.
Well, we aren’t in Mallaig anymore. We are in Oban. The weather at Mallaig was terrible. We went from there to Skye for a day trip and got drenched from head to foot. It was pretty bad on the trip down here, too, but today has been beautiful and sunny. We took a day trip today to Mull and Iona. Really nice. We have to do laundry tomorrow before we head to Glasgow. (We stayed in Mallaig about where this photo was taken from.)
I am now sitting in the Stanley Hotel in Athens, Greece. We arrived on a sunny afternoon but now that sunny afternoon has evolved into clouds and prospects of rain. Tomorrow it’s a full day city tour. Sunday is Greek Independence Day – possible riots. We are sitting here enjoying the fact that we opted to not go to Russia. The Acropolis is really impressive in real life!