Three Times To Tioga

We spent Memorial Day Weekend with Jenny and her family, hopping on Amtrak Friday night, May 22nd, at 11 p.m. in St. Paul, MN, arriving in Stanley, ND, about 10 a.m. — our third time there.

It was good to see everybody, but let’s start at the beginning.

Most of our time on the train is nighttime and dark, but this is what we see from the train window when we wake up in the morning.  Devil’s Lake stretches for miles and comes in many pieces across the flat land and attracts ducks galore.

Here is one of the North Dakota mansions.

Here we are approaching Stanley, which is about 35 miles from Tioga.

A big breakfast in the dining car comes with our tickets.  I always get eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns.

Time to go downstairs and get our luggage.  This time our sleeper room was on the top level.

After hugs and kisses we hopped in Chris’ truck and he showed us his work.

Hi, Jenny.  Hi, Addie.  Hi, Gunnar.  BIG pipes.

Hi, Christopher.

Addie knows that her Grandma Sue can’t voluntarily separate her own littlest toe from the others like she can.  Can you?

At Jenny’s house in Tioga, Christopher brought in equipment to prepare the front yard for a sidewalk.

Jenny and Chris tore out some inside walls and  turned this new two-family home into a one-family home last summer before they moved in.

After the sidewalk is finished, they will either plant grass or get sod.

It was a warm and beautiful day in Tioga.

Bright and early the next morning, Gunnar grabbed his fishing pole and went outside.

He cast and cast and cast, and never got a bite.

Addie didn’t catch anything either.

Gunnar shoveled and played hard all day.

Jenny made delicious meals for us, including lasagna for supper one night.

Thank you, kids, for having us.  It was wonderful.

Love, Mom