Hokey smokes, it looks like I haven’t written a blog in quite a while. Sorry about that but there’s just been so much going on.
Let me get you up to speed. I’ll start with last weekend which was just too exciting for words. I hung out all day Saturday with my 4-year-old nephew Logan.
First thing in the morning I picked him up for a day-long adventure that started with a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. I had been onboard the previous day for an interview with Captain Scott Smith. I also purchased an official Mackinaw cap and T-shirt for Logan which he proudly wore on his visit.
As Logan and I walked up the gang plank he saluted the Coast Guardsmen who in-turn returned the salute. He got quite a kick out of that. We climbed the ship up one side and down the other. Most of the pictures I took were in the pilothouse where “you know who” sat in the captain’s chair and then pretended to operate the controls. We also went on several different decks including the buoy deck where Ensign David Lieberman gave Logan his own private mini-tour complete with some hands-on experiences.
From there is was a quick walk over to the lighthouse where Mike Kaufman and his crew were giving tours of the historic landmark and city icon. There was about a 20 minute wait when we got there but the time passed quickly as everyone just chatted about what a cool event Maritime Days turned out to be. Once inside Logan was eager to climb the winding stairs. He didn’t care that there wasn’t any furniture or creature comforts. He was inside the building he and I had only ever seen from the outside. We have a couple really neat photos of the inside.
By the time we were done there the farmers market was starting to disband so we decided to head to Marinette to watch the big M&M Game. This was Logan’s first-ever football game and the first question he asked was, “Do they sell nachos there?” Once inside the gate I headed to the refreshment stand and sure enough, nachos!
The game was as exciting as any I have seen in many years between the two teams. Even though my beloved Maroons didn’t win, it was nice to see a well fought contest.
After the game we went to Brothers Three. Logan ordered mac & cheese, I had spaghetti. Logan snitched a piece of garlic bread from my plate. Owner Keith Dau stopped by the table to check up on us. He and Logan engaged in conversation while I snapped another picture for our scrapbook.
Our adventures kept us busy for about eight solid hours. We got lots of fresh air, meet some wonderful new people and shared time with old friends too. It was a glorious day, except for the part about Menominee losing.
Spending time like that with Logan reminds me how lucky I am to be living in such a wonderful community where people like Ike Stephenson, Mary Johns, Kathy Scoggins, Mike Kaufman and so many others put their time and effort into making sure the rest of us have a great time. There are many other volunteers who also made the weekend wonderful not to mention all the members of the U.S. Coast Guard, the football teams, coaches, bands, cheerleaders, fans, the list goes on and on. You get the idea. We live in a great community, not just because of its location but because of the people we call neighbors and friends.
This Saturday I will be at the haunted museum in Menominee doing my part to scare people and raise money for another worthy cause.
And that’s today’s Talk of the Town.