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Monday, July 6, 2009


Kim Wilson is celebrating her 56th birthday today and those of us who know her and love her have been expressing the joy that she brings into all of our lives today.

Yesterday we started celebrating a day early with a leisurely bicycle ride through down town Eau Claire on the bike trails and lunch at the outdoor tables of the Grand Avenue Cafe.

We slept in this morning and then joined our crazy friend Doug Cox for lunch at the newly remodeled Foster Cheese House, some afternoon book shopping, and we have just now returned from dinner at Draganetti's. Just taking a moment to write this before we plunge into tonight's Netflix movie.

Earlier in the day I surprised Kim with another birthday present for the future - a Sunday morning train ride out of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, complete with a lavish brunch as we clickity clack West across the river into Minnesota. Here's the details:

Sunday Brunch Train:11:00am
July 19
Experience fine railroad dining as it was in the 1950s. Take a relaxing, climate-controlled two hour scenic ride through the St. Croix River valley aboard MTM’s Great Northern dining cars. Come celebrate that special birthday, anniversary or just enjoy rail dining at its finest. Our brunch is served buffet-style and consists of eggs, meat, potatoes, muffins, pancakes and beverages. You will not go home hungry.

Prepaid reservations are required; your credit or debit card will be charged at the time you make your reservation. Tickets are non-refundable.
Reservations for brunch trains must be made by 8:00 am on the Friday before your scheduled departure.
Seating is community-style (tables seat two or four passengers), unless specifically requested and/or as space permits.
Adults $42, Children $32 (ages 0-15) Get tickets
Your credit or debit card will be charged at the time you make your reservation. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX

Should be lots of fun - camera worthy - and good for a blog after we finish!


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