Posts Tagged ‘Duluth MN’

Volunteering to be Thankful

I read in the paper the other day that one of my favorite teachers from high school passed away.  Mr. Thompson, affectionately known as “Mr. T”, was my biology teacher.  Not a favorite class of mine, for sure, but he made it fun.  I learned a lot about things I had previously never even thought about.  But more importantly, he educated me on the subject of helping others.

Our classroom was set up with tables, two students each, alphabetically.  The boy I had to sit with was certainly not someone I would have chosen.  We had nothing in common and he never seemed to be at the same pace as the rest of the class.  Mr. T would rely on me helping him out so as to keep the class moving forward.  Looking back to those years, and helping that struggling student, I guess that was my introduction to volunteerism; and in many ways helping him helped me to understand the topics better.

Maybe that’s why so many get involved with volunteering, not just because of the way it makes them feel, but because it enables them to see things differently.    If you are looking for some ideas to give back this holiday season, how about spearheading a toy or coat drive in your community.  If that’s not your cup of tea, how about the Salvation Army?  This organization provides Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys.  They also help with basic necessities and seasonal aid for all families and especially families of prisoners.  They keep their shelter open for Christmas dinner and bring gifts to shut-ins and nursing homes.  Even if you only have a few hours to spare, those red kettles are everywhere and the bells aren’t going to ring themselves!

Where we live there is a seven acre, three-million-light holiday display you can walk through by Lake Superior.  It is a strictly volunteer-run lighting display that comes complete with bonfires, cookies, cocoa, and of course Santa!  Bentleyville now even features a 128 foot metal Christmas tree that boasts 50,000 LED lights just on that structure.  Voted best lighting display in the state of Minnesota, it will open Friday the 16th of November and host nearly 200,000 visitors before it closes the day after Christmas.  Now that sounds like a volunteer opportunity to get involved in; and who doesn’t love fire and cocoa?  I think that is definitely something Mr. T could get behind.

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Falling For Color, A Pictorial

Summer is giving in to fall.  The last of the flowers are blooming, getting ready to call it a year.  We decided to take a hike and check out the beauty of northern Minnesota before all the color was done.  This unique flower was in Enger Park.

I can’t imagine living somewhere that doesn’t get to experience this time of year.  To see a bright green leaf turn red or yellow is a true testament of nature’s splendor.  It’s no wonder that many in our area say this is their favorite time of the year.

Peering through the woods now you can still feel the warmth of the sun.  It won’t be long before this is blanketed in white.

This is the side view of Enger Tower located at the top of the city of Duluth, MN.  It’s not the end of the world—but I think you can see it from here!  This is one of the greatest places in the Twin Ports to look out over the cities of Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.

This is another view of Enger Tower.  You can see there is a great deal of rock situated around the tower.  This is just one of many rock formations you’ll find located “on the hillside”.  There is a winding scenic highway that goes through town where you can stop and see many of these formations.

This is the view from the top of the hill.  It looks out over Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.  Boats like this are frequent visitors to the international seaport.  The Aerial Lift Bridge—connecting downtown Duluth with Canal Park– raises up to let boats pass through to the docks.

This view is beyond the Lift Bridge into the Park Point section of Duluth.  It stretches out for about four miles into the harbor.  It is lined with houses on both sides and a handful of businesses are mixed in.  There is an airport at the end along with the public beach and boat launch.  This is a great place to put a boat in and putt around the harbor.  You can get very close to the big boats and Canal Park or head the other direction and wind along the St Louis River Bay around Superior, WI or the western Duluth area.

I loved the look of this lone leaf.  It was kind of like the last one on that branch trying to hold out.  Maybe it thought if it didn’t fall it could hold off winter (and heavy snow!) for us.  Hey, a girl can dream!

Just as sure as that lone leaf is going to fall, this little guy has to prepare for winter.  It will be a long time with no readily available food.  Lucky for him there is an abundance in the Minnesota autumn woods.