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Pier 500 – Hudson, WI

[caption id="attachment_393" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] I was out in Hudson a few weeks back shooting some real-estate photography, and the weather was nice, so I figured it would be a great night to stop by Pier 500 and give it a review. Having been there a few times in the past, and enjoyed the food each time, I felt it was a great opportunity to shoot a few photos since I had...

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Its Camping Tyme, – Old Style!

[caption id="attachment_377" align="alignnone" width="448" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Following thru with my intent this year to get out camping in some fashion at least once a month from May until October, I booked the first trip of the year up at Interstate Park in in St. Croix Falls, WI. This park has been a favorite of mine for many years, due to it's close proximity to me (only about an hour away), it's in Wisconsin,...

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Florida Vacation Time

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photo Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] After having a rough last few weeks, I decided I needed to get out of MN, the cold, the office, and escape life for a few days. Oddly, the [main] reason I felt I needed to escape is on the mend I hope/think. Regardless, the ticket was booked and the vacation was approved, so I hopped a plane this morning from the Cities down to...

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Taste of Thaiyai – Apple Valley, MN

[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption][caption id="attachment_328" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Uploaded by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Last night, on invite from Bill I joined him, Kim, Laura, Art and Laurie at Taste of Thaiyai down in Apple Valley. I'd been spending the majority of my day helping a buddy remodel his house, so I was certainly up for a tasty meal at a new restaurant. Located in a tiny little strip mall, it's what you would expect,...

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Fall Camping Trip – Another good year

Photo by Tim Dachtera This was the weekend for the annual fall camping trip, which we have done as group since.. I think 1998, maybe back to 1997 starting with Jay Cooke. Any ways, we were short a few of the regulars due to moving, illness, schedules etc, but for those of us that made the trek to Chequamegon National Forest in the middle of Wisconsin, it was a good time. We did some hiking, as...

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Weekend in Red Wing, MN

Photo by Tim Dachtera So I'm almost a week late posting this, but I've been busy so cut me some slack. Last Friday, Miles the Dog and I ventured down to Red Wing to spend some time on the boat with my parents, and the regular pack of river rats down at Red Wing Marina. Seeing it was a sunny Friday afternoon, I loaded the Wiener and myself into the G-RAFFE and we set...

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Fish Tale Brewing – Olympia, WA

Photo by Tim Dachtera Needing a place to grab lunch today, we went down to Fish Take Brew Pub to get some lunch and try some of the local brew. I ordered the Organic Wild Salmon Pale Ale, and was described as a light bodied, crisp and well balanced brew coming in at 5.5% abv. The beer was excellent, just as described. It had a nice smooth finish with a light bitter aftertaste...

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Seattle adventure – Day .5

Photo by Tim Dachtera We started out our trip to seattle on a pretty OK point.  Arriving to MSP earlier than needed as usual, because I'm not going to be missing a flight on my watch, we checked out bags and made it thru the TSA checkpoint with little issue.  This was one of the first flights in many that I haven't needed 4 tubs for all my crap, so I guess I really packed light...

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Upcoming Seattle Trip

Photo by Tim Dachtera Next week, Mer and I are headed to Seattle for 4 days, with hopefully less rain than the last trip we took in Nov, 2006 (rainy photos) with the Smith's and Lori.  We're going to visit some family as well, spend some time in Olympia, catch a ball game and hopefully just have some fun.  If anyone has suggestions of good places to eat out there, let me know.  We've been there...

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Riding for a cure – 2008 MS-150 Bike Tour

Uploaded by Tim Dachtera Once again, I am starting to raise funds for the MS Society MS-150 Bike Tour.  I have been riding this tour for over a decade now, and look forward to it each year.  While I feel it is a good organization to raise money for, I also enjoy the opportunity to bike and camp for a weekend in the process. Each year, our team changes with a new rider, or we lose...

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