Well, I finally made an escape from The Bohemian Bed and Breakfast, besides to the farmers market or sausage shop and I had my copy of Minnesota Curiosities in hand! Abby began her 2 week immersion into German Culture at Concordia Language Villages and Charlie and I relinqueshed the baby to siblings and cousins for a couple day’s jaunt to the North Woods. There were loons and rides on Lake Beltrami and wonderful sculptures in Bemidji but the quest was seeing all the ‘quirky characters, roadside oddities and other offbeat stuff’ touted by Russ Ringsak and Denise Remick in their delightfully written book. Nobody can sass it better than those two so I am just going to list what fun can be had on the road from New Ulm to Bemidji and back, more in order of the book, rather than our travels. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Darwin. Glockenspiel and Hermann the German, New Ulm (starting point counts!). W.W. Mayo House, Le Sueur. Paul Bunyan AND Fabulous Bob the voodoo priest, Akeley. Don’t forget a stop at the silo for ice cream, I don’t know how this was missed! Treasure City, Royalton. Which by far was my least favorite, and feeling it missed the boat even if boasting a pirate and oodles of seashells is odd in Minnesota. The eelpout festival is in Feb but at least I’ve driven through Walker and heard some tales causing me to become quite certain that the eelpout is exactly what a lakemaid is on any day but the summer soltise, which explains why she is so elusive.
The summer soltise has come and gone. Alas no Lakemaids arrived at The Bohemian this nicht. But where ever the anglers gathered, stories of past sightings were shared. Long ago the fresh water maids found their way inland from the oceans, and up the Mississippi to discover the cool pure waters of the North Country. Rewarding those anglers who have kept their waters clean, the Lakemaids offer ice cold beer, brewed in New Ulm, Mn by the August Schell Brewing Company. No sightings, but we still have a few cold ones here. Next year, I think I’m gonna wear a dirndl with scales.
Or maybe it is just my tears! The Bohemian missed the boat, and when you are spotting for Lakemaids, this my friends, is a baaad thing! So when the summer soltise, the perfect window for spotting these fine aloof freshwater creatures, came and went with nary a bottle besides regular Schells in the house, well, you can imagine my dissappointment at missing a potenial party! So mark your calenders for the 2009 soltise…and keep your eyes peeled, we’ll see if the guest this weekend will download his encounter with the National Lakemaid Reporting Center!