Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Wow it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. The summer is flying by! This might be a long post again so bear with me :) Our latest adventure has been our two new kitties, Junebug and Everest. We’ve always talked about having a pet. We can’t have a dog in the townhome we currently live in so we decided on some kitties! My aunt Suzette and uncle Darrell had 13 kitties at their farm this spring and said we could have some.

On June 7th, 2009, our first wedding anniversary, we decided to head to the farm and pick out the kitties. We picked up Heather, Chris and their dog Bear and headed to Melrose. Here we are going up to the hay loft.

Chris and Bear watching the action.

At first we didn’t know if we should get one kitty or two. I had been to the farm and checked out the kitties earlier so already had one in mind.

When we got there and found the one I had picked out, we also found one more that was so cute and cuddly we just couldn’t pass her up!

So, we ended up with two. We’re glad we did because they have so much fun playing and wrestling together.

At first we thought we had picked two girl kitties. After debating about some names like Janis (Joplin) or LaVerne and Shirley we decided on Junebug and Mitsi. After a couple days we realized Mitsi is actually a boy and Grant didn’t think that was a very boyish name. So, we renamed him Everest like the mountain since he ‘couldn’t be tamed’ as Grant said. At first he didn’t like to be held so Grant thought that’d be a good name. Now he’s pretty loveable and likes to cuddle! Everest still suits him though! Here's Heather, Me, Everest, Junebug and Grant ready to head to their new home.

Suzette, Cody and Darrell saying goodbye to the kitties.

The kitties did fine on the ride home from the farm. For some reason I didn’t think we needed a carrier so they just sat on my lap the whole way. Once we got home we showed them their litter box and they caught on right away.

They were pretty scared and snuck cautiously around the kitchen where we had them penned.

Every day they seemed a little more comfortable and we introduced them to new areas of our townhome. They’re doing great now and love to run around, wrestle, snuggle and play with the new toys from Heather and Chris! Here are some stories and pictures from the weeks we’ve had them so far:

Tuesday, June 9th: That little stinker Junebug escaped over the gate we had set up to block them in. Luckily she did it when we were home so we could devise a new plan for the next day while we were at work! We are keeping them in the kitchen area when we aren’t home until they are declawed so they don't wreck our new furniture.

We didn’t see Junebug making her way to the top of the gate but we turned around at one point and there she was perched at the top figuring out how she was going to jump down on the other side. We were like “AHHH JUNEBUG GET DOWN” and then she looked freaked and started to back her way down the way she came up. When she got halfway down she just jumped. What a nerd. Guess they got the climbing figured out. Who knew this pet thing was so tricky! It’s like an experiment everyday to see what will keep them in :)

Even before the cage incident we had another little mishap today. We were playing with them in the kitchen and all of a sudden Junebug disappeared. We could not figure out where she went because we clogged the hole in the cupboards they climbed in the other day. Grant thought he saw her by the fridge but I was like no way she can’t fit under there ... ha ... yeah right! She went under the fridge and was dinging around in the back and would not come out! Finally we had to pull the fridge out from the wall to rescue her. Brody and Angie were there and Brody was like “you better turn the fridge off cuz if there’s a fan back there she might be toast.” Ahhhh! I thought she was a dead kitty for sure. Maybe she’s the one that needs a different name - something like Trouble.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Camping at Jay Cooke State Park

Grant, Brody, Angie and I went on another weekend trip to a Minnesota State Park. This time we made our way north to Jay Cooke State Park. We left Friday May 29th, 2009 after work and made the approximately 2.5 hour drive to the park. We hadn't made reservations so were hoping that since it wasn't going to be a very warm weekend and it wasn't quite 'summer' yet there would be a spot. When we got to the St. Louis River that runs through the park we stopped by a bridge and checked out the rapids. It was a very pretty river!
Then we made our way to the park and checked in. Sure enough there was a site left for us. So, we went and set up camp.
It was a nice place. We had a site in the middle of the campground. It would have been nice to have one on the edge because they were more wooded and secluded but ours did the trick.

The next morning we got up and made some oatmeal for breakfast. Then we all went for a short hike to the swinging bridge.
The park has lots to do. There are hiking trails, tar bike trails, mountain biking trails, climbing is nearby as well as kayaking. It's a fun place! Anyways, we walked to the swinging bridge and checked out the scenery and some of the rapids - very nice!
Then Brody and Angie packed up and left to kayak the upper St. Louis. Grant and I waited for Erik Grove to come pick us up so we could go to Ely's Peak to do some climbing to practice for our Teton trip. When we got to Ely's Peak we hiked around looking for the spot we wanted to climb.

We ended up going in the wrong direction so had a longer hike than we planned. The Minnesota/Wisconsin climbing guide book didn't have the greatest directions to get to the climbs there. We eventually made it and set up our top rope on the climb called the Flake. We did that one a few times and also a couple others when the people next to us let us use their ropes. The rocks were kinda slippery and since it's near the north shore there is a no chalk policy. It was a little challenging to do lead climbs which is what we wanted to practice so Grove only did a couple.
Brody and Angie met us out there after they were done kayaking and we climbed most of the day.
After we had enough climbing we headed back to the campsite and set up a slackline. It was pretty funny to watch everyone give it a shot.

It's kind of addicting and Brody makes it look a lot easier than it is ;) After that we made supper in the dutch oven (this time we tried a new chicken and rice recipe instead of the usual tamale pie. It was good but we have to perfect it still so I'll post the recipe once we get it right) and then sat around the fire until we were too tired to stay up anymore.

The next morning Grant and Brody decided to kayak the upper St. Louis before we headed for home. Ang and I dropped them off at the put-in and then drove back to a pull-off where we thought we could hike back to the river to watch them part of the time. We parked and started our hike in. We didn't make it far and suddenly were in some kind of a swamp. We stood there for what seemed like a half hour trying to decide what we should do. Should we run across and get soaked? Maybe we should try to go along the edge where the trees are? Or we could just go back and meet them at the end. hehe ... finally we decided to just go for it and tromped through the wet mushy ground :) It didn't last long but we were both soaked for the rest of the hike. We followed the telephone lines until we made it to the river where we could watch the guys run Electric Ledge.

They did it a couple times and then went on there way to the end of the river. Ang and I hiked back out and met them at the parking lot to load up and head back to St. Cloud. It was another fun, successful, adventurous weekend with the Johnsons!

Europe Pics!

I finally posted some of our pics from our trip and added captions to them! Here are the links:

Germany: Munich and Fussen
Switzerland: Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen
Switzerland: Zermatt
Glacier Express to Chur Switzerland and back to Munich Germany
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