Washington’s Crossing

Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, 2004. This book takes us from Boston in March of 1776 to Princeton in January 1777. I found it detailed, yet interesting. The struggle to form and keep an army fighting against the best army in the world at that time is the overriding theme of…

Murren to Gimmelwald

Murren and Gimmelwald are two small villages located high above the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland.  The downhill hike from Murren to Gimmelwald is many times mentioned as one of the best walks/hikes in the world. I have done this walk 3 times.  In 1998 with my brother Clark. Then in 2015 with my wife Laura,…

New Life for Chinkapin

Last year I posted on a “Lack of Courage” about a Chinkapin Oak. I cut the tree down to about 3 inches last fall and hoped for the best.  This spring to prevent deer browse I put two tree protectors around the tree. Now in Mid-July there is a lot of new growth.  Some of…

Baby Bettlereiche

Bettlereiche was the very large and old oak that I visited in Switzerland in May 2019. Somehow a few acorns from that tree jumped in my luggage and found their way back to Minnesota.  In late May I planted them in seed starter soil and kept them watered outside.  And surprisingly they have grown.  I…

Winching Trees

So we had a big flood that flattened a bunch of trees.  I have fixed the smaller under 6 foot trees by putting them in new tree tubes and a new PVC stake.  Some of those trees have leaves coated in mud and are still waterlogged.  I hope that the tree tubes will provide an…

Flood of June 2019

Many of the trees I have been planting over the years have been in a clearing on flood plain land by the Zumbro River.  Other trees have been planted in a clearing on a high ridge above the Zumbro River.  Overnight on Thursday June 27th we had around 7 inches of rain.  With the river…

Strasbourg Cathedral

A visit to Strasbourg and the great Cathedral is well worth it if you are in eastern France, southwest Germany or Switzerland.  I visited the Cathedral in 2015 and found it to be a unique piece of Gothic Architecture.  The first thing you notice is the very tall, but off center tower.  It was the…