|Kim and Sosie on a staircase to the upper reaches of Stillwater|
The old lift bridge is in the up position, stopping Wisconsin traffic
We looked over the St. Croix valley, watched the big paddle boats crammed with funseekers go under the iconic raised bridge; glimpsed the new controversial bridge finally under construction downstream.
|It was cool today by the river, a welcome|
respite from too much hot weather.
A wedding was underway on the Pine Street courthouse steps with a view of the busy, touristy downtown, with its antiques, ice cream and fudge. We browsed a used book store and almost took home a World War II book on the secret life of FDR. We thumbed through bins at a consignment shop, searching for more classic Cream of Wheat advertisements featuring Kathleen's late brother-in-law modeling for his commercial artist father. Didn't find any this trip.
We looked for Kathleen's father's home at 305 Stillwater Avenue and eventually found it, thanks to a combination of Google, GPS, trial and error, and dead reckoning.
|Grilled Scallop Salad|
Mixed greens tossed with
grilled asparagas and sundried
tomatoes tossed in a champagne
vinaigrette, topped with two skewers
of grilled scallops -- $16
Our entrees delighted, the menu may be limited, but we agreed the food was excellent, set off by a nice fruity Zinfandel, nurtured somewhere in Sonoma near Sosie's home base.
It was a great opportunity to get acquainted with a new friend, get chauffeured around town by Virg, and revisit a favorite and memorable place on the river.
|Leonard O. Neilson, Kathleen's Dad, grew up here.|