Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sunsets at the Lake

Friday, January 10th - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Saturday, January 11th - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Want One

Wouldn't this be fun to play around in! (But what's up with the spare tire?)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Warm up on the junior snowmobile...

Before moving up to the big sled (oh the thrill of it)!

I didn't realize it was the same child on both sleds until I looked at my photos. The jacket gave it away.

I enjoyed watching the children take turns on the smaller snowmobile. A parent was present at all times and Dad rode next to the child above when on the big sled. Teach them young and teach them the right way to ride a snowmobile safely is the way to do it. It was nice to see the family playing together.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Snow Drags

I went and watched my very first snowmobile drag races on Saturday. Stood on the frozen lake while the racers went flashing by. It was an interesting and exciting experience. Until my feet got too cold. I need a set of liners for my boots to help keep my toes warm.

There were all kinds of sleds being raced. From older models such as these that could pop a "wheelie"... a more modern style like these... these lean mean racing machines. Even the graphics are intimidating!

I noticed that some of the sleds and their drivers had to cross the scale after their races. Not sure if it was just the winner of the heat or what. It looked official, that is for sure.

In between the heats, sweeping of the racing lanes and some other kind of grooming took place. This contraption looked and sounded like a modified weed eater machine.

Some of the teams have invested quite a bit of money into their operation including their haulers. Check out the glass doors on the back of the trailer. Keeps the heat in so the team can stay warm! (on a side note...all of these rigs were parked on the ice.)

Here's one way to move a small racing sled around. Many of the larger sleds had their rear track up on rack that was pushed around on the ice (see the one Yamaha photo above).

Why would they move the sleds around like this? To not chew up the ice in the pits and damage the sled track. Look at the metal studs on them! That is how they get traction on the ice. I wouldn't want to get run over by one of those!

All in all, it was a fun couple of hours outdoors watching a new sport. You should try it sometime. Just bring warm clothes and wear snow boots to keep your feet warm. :-)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Bridges - Snow Scene

Tucked off in the woods in a residential area in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Linking up with Sunday Bridges.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday - Little Falls

This is the original Bethel Lutheran Church built in 1903 in Little Falls, Minnesota. The congregation moved to a new home in 2003. I think this may now be a private home.

Bethel Lutheran Church

Doors @ Bethel Lutheran
I found a nice little video on the original church.

Linking to InSPIREd Sunday.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Friday's Fences - Rural Minnesota

Taken last March.

Somewhere out in the country near Buffalo, Minnesota

Linking to Jan & Jer's Friday's Fences.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Holiday Cheer

A few last pictures from 2013 as I drove home through Leavenworth the other night. Such a pretty place at Christmas. I need to go back and spend the night there one year to really enjoy the decorations and scenery.

Bavarian Lodge

Trees at Night

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you have a terrific 2014!!
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