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2010.07.8
TRAVEL. CEDAR LAKE CABIN

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The Humans ventured down to their hometown of Annandale, Minnesota for the Fourth of July weekend. They told me I would have loved the classic three season cabin they rented on the shores of Cedar Lake. Plywood walls, old flip open single pane windows, eclectic furnishings, and the best part a screened in sleeping porch. Pictured above, the bikes sleeping quietly at 3:25a. Step into the cabin, click HERE.

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2010.04.16
TRAVEL. BRIDGER BOWL, LAST CALL

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Yes, I know it is almost seventy degrees, but the Humans had to share a few more of their snowy escapades from last week. They managed to ride closing day at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT. They told me their favorite part of day was at 4:00 p.m. (closing time) when standing at the top of the mountain, getting ready to drop into a freshly snow filled bowl everyone started cheering and shouting. The natural acoustics of the bowl created a last song of a concert type moment – good days. Enter the closing day HERE.

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2010.04.15
TRAVEL. LONE PEAK, MONTANA

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Who would have ever thought that the Humans would find seven days of fresh powder in April. They expected to ride slushy spring conditions instead upon arrival they received 16 inches of super light fresh snow. It rained at Mt. Alyeska, Alaska in February and was knee deep at Moonlight Basin and Big Sky, Montana in April, who would have dreamed. It looks like it would have been over my head so I am glad I opted to spend the week lounging in the sun. Fresh snow available HERE.

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2010.02.11
FOOD. SEVEN GLACIERS, ALYESKA

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Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the Humans enjoyed an insanely delicious meal at the Seven Glaciers restaurant. The restaurant sits atop Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska and can only be accessed via tram. The Humans rode all day, parked their boards out front, and walked in wearing their snow gear and goggles to enjoy a three-course late lunch. Feast your eyes, click HERE.

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2010.01.8
IN TRANSIT. ALYESKA, AK – HIGH ABOVE

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They made it to their final destination – Alyeska Ski Resort. This shot was taken from hiking high above the lift into the Glacier Bowl. Clear skies over the treeline while the town of Girdwood below filled in with clouds. As the Humans would say “thank you snowboarding.”

PS. Academy Merit snowboard designed by The Medium Control, full circle process.

2009.12.30
TRAVEL. LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT

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Right in the middle of it all, Lake Louise. If I didn’t have such a severe aversion to the wind (big eyes) I think I might enjoy snowboarding, but it obviously doesn’t bother the Humans. The chairlift pictures are fitting today because the Humans are heading off to play in the snow for a few. Ah, finally a break from my daily grind here at The Watsonian… time to go play. Have fun, click HERE.

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2009.12.28
TRAVEL. EMERALD LAKE LODGE, BC

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The Humans should have brought me here it looks like a place I could spend a few nights next to a warm fireplace, how rude. Emerald Lake Lodge is located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. It is completely secluded from the outside world, but has the comforts of home deep in the woods. Emerald Lake is nestled into the Canadian Rockies just outside the tiny town of Field. The Humans made friendly with another critter (Saint Bernard) who guarded the steps of the best breakfast spot in the Canadian Rockies, Chercher La Vache. Made to order omelets and fried egg sandwiches by an amazing French chef. Who would have thought that beets and mustard on an egg sandwich would cause a Human to drive hundreds of miles for one more bite….mmmm. Travel onto the lodge HERE.

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TRAVEL. BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – JASPER

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One word, epic. These look a bit rocky and huge for me but the Humans spend last February exploring Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Why does everyone always forget about our Northern friends… it is big, beautiful, and really clean – oh Canada. Like I always say if you aren’t in Canada then at least look at some pictures and recollect the greatness. Travel People. Observations of the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper are readily available by clicking HERE.

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TRAVEL. ISLE ROYALE BACKCOUNTRY

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The Humans survived Isle Royale. Thank goodness, someone needs to prepare my meals. Here, is the foot long tale as the Humans tell it…once they stepped off the dock they were on their own trudging down a small footpath with all the gear on their backs. Sweating hot to bone aching cold, wearing eau du bug spray (that was of zero assistance). After hiking too many miles, they found their first campsite, a spot on the peninsula in Huginnin Cove. They pilled up a couple logs to sit on, boiled some water to drink, ate some grub on their private beach, and caught some much needed rest (no campfires allowed due to preservation of the Island). The days repeated with more hiking, moose stalking, rain, mosquitos that actually had teeth, food rationing, stinky socks; creating one of the best adventures to date – crazy Humans. To see more of the one of the most unspoiled places on earth, click HERE.

Hope you enjoy the Island my friends.

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2009.11.17
TRAVEL. ISLE ROYALE DEPARTURE

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Before the grass is covered in snow the Humans decided to reminisce upon their Isle Royale trip this past summer. Not only did they tell me all about it (again) they also made me look through all their pictures (again). It looks a little too rough and tumble for me but the Humans raved about it. Isle Royale is 99% undeveloped wilderness and offers a Human the chance to see what nature is suppose to look like (the Humans spend a lot of time in the woods so they should know). After one long three hour cold boat ferry ride the Humans arrived on the Island. Want to actually know something about Isle Royale and observe the ultra grainy 3200 iso film, click HERE.

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2009.10.19
TRAVEL. OKLAHOMA, PARIS AUCTION EXTERIOR

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Not only did the Humans shoot a little video at the Paris auction but they also managed to take a few pictures of the evening. The auction building itself had an entire outdoor flea market type arrangement. The Humans told me they could have spend hours walking around taking pictures. Faded buildings, vintage trucks, and cracked windows… it was one of those less than beautiful little treasures. All of this set under the lighting of a late summer evening sky. Pictures abound, see more HERE.

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TRAVEL. MADELINE ISLAND

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The cold Canadian air fiercely blew fall in last week, which means the Humans have packed up their summer tent for the season. Before the end of the tenting season the Humans were able to make it out to Madeline Island, Wisconsin. I am not fond of island life so I lounged about in the Habitat. However, the Humans told me all about kayaking at sunrise through a lagoon, paddling out to the sea caves, and camping on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Although, I keep my distance from the icy waters of Lake Superior the Humans actually went swimming out there – crazy. To find out a little bit more about the Human’s Madeline Island adventure – click here.

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SPIRIT MOUNTAIN PHOTO SHOOT

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Up in the atmosphere, up where the air is clear, let’s go fly a… pffft… no thanks. I stayed home during this mid-summer foggy photo shoot at Spirit Mountain. The humans were all amped with excitement over the ambience – weirdos. Yeah, I guess the pictures turned out pretty cool, to see more of their super spooky foggy afternoon check out the pics below.

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2009.08.6
PARK POINT DWELLING DURING HABITAT BUILD

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They made me move out to an island !MEOW!, excuse me, i might just be a cat, but don’t we live in Minnesota? While building the habitat, my humans decided to move out to Park Point an island on Lake Superior in Duluth, Mn. Well, I am not fond of water and I think Tommy is crazy to surf on lake superior – it just sounds cold. But I survived… Read the rest of this entry »