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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons

Saturday, May 20, 2011:  Mark and Paula attended the annual Radio Daze antique radio show in Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was put on by the Northland Antique Radio Club.  Mark liked a high-tech mechanical key used for sending Morse Code.  Take a look at the speaker behind the key.  Nicely done!

One highlight of the get-together is an auction where prices ranged widely for hard-to-get items.

Then in the parking lot, Mark set his eye on a radio that he remembered from the 1960's.  He is also showing off his newly purchased Zenith Radio shirt.  Zenith radios were manufactured starting in 1934.  They do not make radios today, but you can still buy Zenith television sets.     

Paula set her eye on a donut.  As she said, "It doesn't get any better that this!"

Then Mark was off to the Museum of Broadcasting, formerly known as the Pavek Museum, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  Steve Raymer (on the right) was thanking Mark again for the donation of a 250 watt Westinghouse AM transmitter.  Steve runs the museum and does a great job with the displays.  

Paula made it a point to stop at Trader Joe's food store in Arbor Lakes.  She picked up her favorite blend of rice and other food products for use in the Galley at Gilbert Lodge.

June 1, 2011 E-mail:  Looks like you (Mark) and Paula had a wonderful vacation – great pictures!  Especially enjoyed the ones from Custer State Park and Needles Highway.   What spectacular scenery.  Jo-Ann in New Jersey.

May 30, 2011 E-mail: Cool photos!  Thanks for sharing them.  Looks like a fun trip.  Maynard in Madison, Minnesota.

May 23, 2011 E-mail: I enjoyed following your trip on the blog.  I haven't been out there since I was a kid.  Leslie in Little Canada, Minnesota.

May 23, 2011 E-mail: Looks like you had a great time.  Scott and Paulette in New Ulm, Minnesota. 

May 23, 2011 E-mail:  Mark and Paula,  I’ve enjoyed the photos and stories about your trip.  It sounds like you two had a great time.  I have to admit, after reading them I was always a little hungry.  Kim in Brainerd.

May 22, 2011 E-mail:  HI Mark and Paula, Frankly, your overall site is phenomenal!  GREAT pictures of your trip.  Almost felt like we were there. YOU should have kept coming West.  We just finished up our guest room so we’re ready for you!  Beside the nostalgia offered by Wall Drug, and the beautiful scenic shots, we couldn’t help but notice that you seem to eat a lot.  Jerry and Cathy in Olympia, Washington. 

Quote of the day:  It was time to head home.  Interestingly, we didn't turn on a TV all week.  Mark < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Yes, home looked very good after nine days and eight nights on the road.  In all, the Dynamic Duo traveled 1846 miles on 94.9 gallons of gas getting an average of 19.5 miles per gallon in Creampuff.  The mileage would have been better if there had not been for headwinds going to and coming back from the Dakotas.  With more stops than you can count, the average speed was only 46.6 miles per hour.  Mark took 848 photographs, which used 2.12 GB of camera memory.  Many of them are shown on this blog.  Neither Mark nor Paula will say how many pounds they gained on this trip.  

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