Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum

“I found a place for you, for your wanderer thingy,” Ivan said. “You have to get out to see it, you’re gonna love it!” That was late September, maybe early October of 2017. I was in the throes of catching up on blog posts, creating products, writing – or trying to …

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From Coral to Chrysalis – The Sertoma Butterfly Garden and Marine Cove

Blue Morpho with wings on the downsweep

Flowers and flutterbys and fish, what could be finer? Jerry and I were in Sioux Falls, South Dakota recently. (House hunting – we’re considering moving to the Mount Rushmore State. Getting tired of paying Minnesota state income taxes, and I am starting to crave an area where I can photograph …

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Making time – the Bily Clocks Museum


Spillville, Iowa.  It’s a cute little town, with old world architecture, a water mill, and the feel of the Czech farmers who settled the area still present.  Driving into town from the north along County W14, you’re greeted with what looks like a traffic circle around a gazebo with creamy-colored, …

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Fishin’ for dirt

Mining 101.  When harvesting from the earth solid fuel like coal, surface mining is preferred to subsurface, for both cost and safety reasons.  Surface mining falls into two types; open pit, and strip mining.  Open pit is used when the target fuel, mineral, or ore spreads over a wide area …

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