On Friday we drove to St. Cloud, MN just for fun browsing at Michaels. We bought nothing but we enjoyed ourselves immensely! On our way home we decided to stop for a quick cache search in St. Cloud. The nearest Cache was at the Stearns County History Museum and the Heritage Nature Center for this cache. Here we actually learned a bit about East Central Minnesota History!
Bernard "Barney" Overbeck (1829-1898) was an original Minnesota pioneer. Among other things,Mr. Overbeck was the first coroner in Stearns County and one-time Sheriff. He was one of the original Alderman in the new city of Saint Cloud and her first tax collector. He was even elected to the MN Legislature in 1866.
The building you will see here was built by Balshazzar Rosenberger and sold to Mr. Overbeck in 1855. Much like Mr. Overbeck, his "cabin" would serve many important functions throughout the early years of this community. It first served as a hotel when Saint Cloud was important stop on the Red River Oxcart Trail between Saint Paul and Canada. Later it would function as as a government office, the basement became a jail, first floor the Sheriff's office while lodging could be secured by means of an outside ladder to the second floor loft.
This log building was originally erected at 6th Avenue and 1st Street in Saint Cloud, the heart of the young city. It was moved to Riverside Park in 1916 and spent many years there. The Overbeck cabin now rest with it's smaller companion smoke house nearby, on the edge of the woods at the Heritage Nature Center.
After looking at this cool building and finding the Geocache (Did NOT involve digging or moving ANYTHING!) we headed back towards home in Mora, MN but discovered we were hungry. I had said I was hungry for Chinese food so we started to go to Cambridge when we looked at the time, so we took a detour and ended up at the Frontier in Princeton, MN. I had not been to that place in over 10 years, and as I walked in I was hit with nostalgia...the place had not changed one iota since my childhood. Everything was exactly the same. The food was delicious, the decor was corny and the booths needed to be resprung. I LOVED IT!
On Saturday my mom and I headed to Cambridge's Menards to purchase some plumbing equipment. We bought some faucets and shower heads and then went home. I tried my hand at being a character from Mario Bros. as I wielded a wrench and replaced the shower head and the interior workings of the toilet. My brother was a pro at replacing the kitchen faucets and sprayer unit. My mom and I took turns at trying to change out the bathroom faucet and we succeeded after using wrenches, hammers, a chisel and after mom got a warm rain as the warm water line did not want to stop spraying, even after the water main had been turned off!!!).
Today my mom was going to head back to Sebeka, but not before I took her out geocaching one more time. We went to three different locations here in Mora. At one location we found a shy chipmunk with a mouth full of nuts, and at all three locations we found ingenious hiding places :)
|Me (Kerana5) and my mom (Crazyyanki) as we hang out in Mora|
|Me (Kerana5) and my brother (BigVicLopez) as we hang out in Mora|
|By the fishing hole in Mora, MN. Love the reflections in the water. This was a very relaxing place to be.|
|There was a chipmunk trying to get into that hole at the bottom of the tree the whole time we were there. Finally, mom and I turned around and he darted in. He probably had trouble getting in as his cheeks were completely full of nuts!|