Two unlikely retirees are behind bars with some explaining and the hoax they have perpetrated. Duluthians can rest assured when they go to sleep tonight that things are all safe in the Zenith City. Grand Rapids residents Myrtle and Carl Anderson were getting a little bored with too much time on their hands when they discovered computer programming could be fun. It turns out that Carl is quite a metal smith and Myrtle is a stickler for detail and an eye for design. The two of them set about last Friday to manipulate a couple natural formations and animate them which caused a stampede of thrill seekers and a national alert for aliens.
Water suspended on a vertical surface by Myrtle and Carl Anderson is third animation by Grand Rapids couple to cause a stir in Duluth over Aliens
Tonight Myrtle and Carl are in the St Louis County jail awaiting local and federal prosecutors as an array of charges are filed. Ironically, most seniors are more worried about their 401K and when they will visit their grand children. Just before the Andersons were apprehended a passerby snapped the two as they brazenly posed for a portrait. Footloose and fancy free!!!! Duluth achieved notoriety for all the wrong reasons. Duluth has dealt with the same ilk when they ran Jim Carlson out of Last Place on Earth. Americans just won’t tolerate hoaxters or hustlers.
Animation hoaxters Myrtle and Carl use proprietary duo glasses and tablets to fool a community and nation
On a recent summer day in Duluth Minnesota strollers out for a morning walk were astonished to find a miniature crop circle unlike previous discovered phenomenon. Appearing on first glance as natural elements found in the nearby woods, on closer examination, forensic expert Jon Tofte revealed the woody appearance was a facade over a kryptonite structure.
Are there Aliens among us? Intrepid glory seekers are booking hotels like this was area 51 with the belief there are.
Aliens are reinventing the wheel with Kryptonite
For a region known more as a weekend getaway from the Twin Cities for agate hunters, Duluth is swarming with amateur Sherlock’s looking for further clues. Rod Hunter, Professor of Geology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, believes further examination of the cryptic design must be interpreted before evidence becomes corrupted by NSA teams now assembling by order of President Obama.
The AP photo below is the first such leaked that clearly shows an alien. initial reports are the photographer disappeared after messaging this photo to relatives. Local law enforcement have issued warnings not to approach “clod” footed individuals whom may or may not have a distinct “death” odor about them.
Local Duluthian captures closeup of Alien while on morning walk
Was in Portland Oregon a few weeks ago. Lush greenery overwhelmed me as Spring time had yet to come to Duluth. Right outside our place we were staying gigantic plants and trees covered most ground. Portland is a great world-class city built in a rain forest at that. It rained most days, a gentle rain, no great shakes. We got around one day on public transit with little more than an idea to explore. Trolleys, trains and buses were frequent, clean and reliable. Someone like me who has not grown up with these sort of transit options was totally impressed.
Train in Vain, What are we teaching our children if they are only part of the scenery? iPhone photo by author Duluth MN
So it is bewildering when I think of the Johnny come lately’s like Minneapolis were I lived and their two transit lines serving less population density along the corridors. The slate has been wiped clean for land speculators and it will be a full ten years before the University corridor fills in. As the Hiawatha line approaches 10 years downtown properties have developed but not as a consequence of this line as it is not a trolley but a train between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. And what of Duluth that is all up the hill and spread out east to west along a lakeside dividing the population as a rivalry of brothers? Minnesota cities have great outdoors opportunities but, are squandering their natural settings with public policy that is 20th century and not 21st century.
People in Portland are packed in. No doubt. And that is the best thing for creating culinary options on a human scale. One of the best food experiences I have ever had been in Portland. It ranks up there with our visit to Italy two years ago. Portland is all about food. The countless food truck courts and the bazillion cafe’s provided fresh well prepared meals. And this included vegan selections for our daughter. We are honestly, starved in Duluth for a meal that is reasonably priced, tasty and served well. And to think food trucks serve delicious, inexpensive food just about anywhere in Portland. Ranking higher than Duluth bar food and the axiom, “you get what you pay for.” Only, expensive is not always better. Fresher is always better! Policy in Minnesota communities have a long way to go before food trucks become competition to brick and mortar. Good public transit won’t happen either when speculators are sitting on properties that need to be freed up for business and housing.
The Munger Trail trip was a shake down for warmer and better rides ahead this year. There is two things I learned. Take the damn picture and the time because there is no going back. So the picture I didn’t take was the wet rock face and slushy mess I pushed my bike through on my way up the hill out of Smithville. Or the snow that buried me up to my knee while looking for a campsite. I did get a picture that accompanied the previous post Roughing It and was compelled to write a post. Poem? Secondly, I had time to reexamine me in the next 12 hours on the Trail.
Shake down at end of season iphone photo by author
I could not have felt any more guilty after leaving Ryan to be on my way. Could I have offered him my trail mix? Or given him a few bucks for a bite to eat? I’ve offered food and money in Chicago and Minneapolis. So why not then? Things are bigger than ourselves. Stars above make for infinite questions without answers. The roar of a night train and it’s powerful diesels make a restless companion. The hard ground only increases the aches in my arms deserving of the late season decision to camp. Still, it is more about the trip than the ride and along the way it’s the people we meet on the trip that make life happen. If only I shared the road with Ryan? A buck or eats on me would have meant a lot. Can I say never again? Does that get me off the hook? We’ll see next time opportunity presents itself.
Cut against the grain, iphone photo by author
Way down in Texas some time ago
I don’t remember when
It happened one day I hit the road
If I ever get back home this time I’m staying
Tonight I’ll be sleeping out in the rough
If I’d only listened to cut against the grain
Life wouldn’t be so tough
Sometimes it gets lonely if it was only the hunger that pain
I’m little Ryan a boy now a man
A can picker in Duluth
No one sees me for who I am
Like the faded photo’s taken years ago at a Texas photo booth
No one knows where I am
Cut against the grain to get the tenderest meat
Some magazine guy stopped today and said he was here to meet the night train
He took my picture and headed away, will the folks know it’s me
Will they ever see me roughing it and say he never learned to cut against the grain
Munger Trail @ Riverside, Duluth MN 04/22/13 iphone photo by author
One more day until I pack up the Surly Troll again for an overnight. This time heading towards Moose Lake and doing a wild camp out if I don’t happen upon a park stop. This will be a very loose trip since snow and flooding is possible on the trail. The climb out of Duluth through Jay Cooke is unknown and where I’ll be after 4 hours I should be settling into a camp site by then. Leaving after work mid afternoon on Friday gives me a fair amount of time to make a quick getaway. I’ll be passing this spot above within an hour of home. Still flat but as you see on the horizon are the hills between Duluth and Moose Lake. Wish you a very good weekend and look forward to sharing future pictures.
Big horizon for this little tug near Duluth Harbor as well as for the denizens of the region. A resurgence of immigration seems to be occurring as big city dwellers I’ve talked to are plenty happy they chose Duluth for a simpler life . This is not San Francisco of the North by any stretch. No, Duluth is a place where the outdoors is calling you. Where you wanted to be but just didn’t know it. I’m hooked this month on stormy weather photo’s that are as easy to take with an iphone as professional equipment. Loads of photo experiences. Here’s two more.