St Croix River Road Ramblings

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Afternoon -- The Big Melt

The family gathered at brother Marv's place for Easter dinner and the afternoon egg hunt for the kids.  70 degrees made the day seem unexpectedly warm, and very nice.  

After lunch and the egg hunt, some of us took a walk up Marv's segment of Wolf Creek.   No bugs, no ticks make early spring an excellent time for walking in the woods.  

The Easter egg hunt -- Marv and Sheila hide 200+ plastic eggs with candy inside them -- 10 per kid with their name on each egg, and the kids find them.  The warm weather melted some of the chocolate inside the eggs and the uncles had to take a spoon and eat it to keep the kids from getting all messy;-)

The walkway over Wolf Creek.  A lost fishing bobber here may end up in the Gulf of Mexico

Grandpa planted the pines in 1951. His grandson, Marv and  Marv's grand daughter enjoy them 63 years later. 

 The 6th generation of Hanson's in Wisconsin are growing up!
Where old machinery goes to die

Something interesting here!

Dads and sons --Charles Hanson of Sweden's 5th and 6th generation square off 

 The Finch Family
"The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky blackbird with a fascinating approach to raising its young. Females forgo building nests and instead put all their energy into producing eggs, sometimes more than three dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods."