Thursday, December 13, 2007

South Dakota--pictures and all

I flew into Minneapolis and met up with Mom and Little Sister to drive the rest of the way to visit family in South Dakota. Because we took small state roads, the entry into the state was without much fanfare--we took a picture anyways:
Wow! Look at all that snow!

We continued on and I snapped a picture of a frozen lake.

This is not just any lake--this is the lake that my grandpa drove into one time after falling asleep behind the wheel of his Cadillac. Lucky for him, the lake is really shallow--he was fine. Surprised, but fine. The car? Not so fine...

Little Sister called shotgun, so I spent my time crocheting scarves for everyone for Christmas. I am a stubborn novice at crocheting. I say this because the only thing I know how to crochet is scarves...and I've been successfully crocheting scarves for almost 10 years now. You'd think I'd get a little ambition and afghan? Nope. They take too long. Time for another scarf.

And here is scarf, posing as a jelly roll.

You can't fool me, scarf! You aren't a jelly roll!

We visited family and I'll spare you the tons of staged pictures, but let it be known that a grand time was had by all, many a casserole and bud light consumed.

One interesting side note--is red beer popular in your neck of the woods? It is EXCEEDINGLY popular here--you can order it at any bar. My cousins and aunt drink it exclusively. Definition of Red Beer: Tomato Juice and Olives added to beer. Here's a picture of the necessary ingredients:

Not my favorite, but I do like a beer chaser with my bloody mary.

On our way back to Minnesota, we passed the Goose Capital. Here's me!

And here is the view of lovely, WARM Atlanta from the plane. Slightly blurry, but it's downtown.

And I'm home! But wait--there's more! Next week we are headed to yet another wonderous vacation destination....DETROIT! Many fabulous pictures to follow.



buffalodickdy said...

Red beer- yeah, a little of it goes down further north of us... Did you go past that big Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minn?

Tavolini said...

Buffalo! I received my first speeding ticket, EVER, in Blue Earth, MN, back when I was 17. I have avoided the town ever since!

pinknest said...

all the slow looks fun!! and i'm intrigued by this beer concoction!

doggybloggy said...

me too on the beer...I have heard of clam-ato and beer but never the tomato olive combo.....mmmm sounds nutritious

snowelf said...

I'm sure you were happy to get back to Atl!! It's FREEZING cold up here!!

I've never heard of red beer--maybe it's a SD thing? Everyone just drinks whatever is cheapest here. ;)

Of course I do live in a college town. hehe!


Akelamalu said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment.

I've never heard of red beer. I like beer and I love bloody marys but I'd keep them separate!

Your scarves are nice and colourful, I used to knit and crochet a lot but haven't time now for blogging!

buffalodickdy said...

Tavolini- I was in a Blazer that hit a huge LOG laying in the highway by Blue Earth,MN coming back from hunting in Wyoming!!! I will have to write a post on that- what an adventure!