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Maiden voyage of the escape pod (Silver Traveler)

Summer's last hurrah, the last pre-season Vikings game and...

...the maiden voyage of the escape pod, aka Silver Traveler!

Leaving the launchpad

Nice landing spot at Wild River State Park

The flaming lantern, or as I like to call it, the reenactment of the microwave incident of 2005.

We took off on Saturday for wine tasting at Winehaven in Chisago County's gently rolling hills between three lakes.  They produce good wines and we purchased three bottles, white, port, and stinger mead.

This medium-dry wine contains abundant peach, pear and floral notes that remain distinct through the soft finish. The perfect complement to fresh fish and poultry.Recent Awards:Bronze Medal - 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition (New York)

Port (750 ml)
This rich, premium port offers a seductive combination of luscious blackcurrant and cherry flavors culminating in an intense, lingering finish.  Pairs well with dark chocolates and aged cheeses.
Recent Awards:
Bronze Medal - 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition

Stinger Mead
A smooth, nicely balanced wine with a crisp, delicious finish that boasts a spectacular perfume of honey which is accompanied by an intriguing array of floral scents.
Recent Awards:
Silver Medal - 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition (New York)
Silver Medal - 2013 U.S. National Wine Competition
Gold Medal: 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

information from Winehaven's website.

We then took off for Taylor's Falls and the Wild Mountain Winery.  The wines were good and the Log Jam Hard Cider was a favorite for both of us.  I got to cork the bottle.  We got back to the campground and promptly had lunch, relaxed a bit, and hiked one of the trails.  

This friendly black bear greeted us

Making our way down the list with munchies

Chocolate and port!

We hiked along the St. Croix River

On Sunday we took another bike ride and enjoyed the beautiful weather and early fall colors around the park.

The view from the hammock

All is right with the world