Morning Meanderings… Meet the real COFFEE CUP
After the BIG Book Journey facelift a few of you commented that the coffee cup was missing, part of my trademark blog icon since pretty much day one. Yes, as I think back, I did talk about COFFEE CUP a lot in the mornings….
I was going to switch things up a bit but your comments gave me pause; and I was impressed that the little right sidebar cup that had graced the blog all of these years was noticed when I pulled it.
WHICH led to this post.
There is a real COFFEE CUP and I thought today I would share his story – AND before you think how could a story about a coffee cup possibly be interesting Sheila?
Well…. I think it is…
A little Minnesota history for you in the mix too. Mink Lake Camp is what I call a little known secret of Grand Marais Minnesota. It is 14 miles up the famous Gunflint Trail. (f you have kids that ever complain about being cold, I have some books I could recommend you about the Gunflint Trail in the early years before they had electricity that will make them never complain of the cold again! Here’s a hint: icicles hanging off bed frames… TRUE STORY. )
Anyhoo… this is a wilderness camp. No electricity, everything is by oil lamps, beautiful cabins, and breathtaking SILENCE. Yup, cell phones hold no power this far into the wilderness.
In 2007, friends of ours decided to help restore this old camp and a bunch of us went to help out in June of that year. There was a stream through an overgrown area and after some hard work of clearing, we made a rock trail and places to sit and enjoy this space. It became a garden where we planted wild flowers along the stream, and well… its one of my favorite places in the world.
One day while I was there, raking out the garden spots, creating benches out of fallen logs… my rake clicked on an item deep in the ground – so deep in fact I had to get a shovel to dig out this item.
It was an old blue coffee cup, in perfect condition – not a chip on it and I loved it. It became my camp cup and that was all I drank my coffee out of. Every June from 2207 – 2010, I would go up to the camp to help and dig through the cupboards until I found where I had stashed this cup I had fondly called “Blue”. Last year my friend Sandi who runs the camp said I should bring him (yes it is a him!) home so he did not get broke at camp.
And I did, where now he sits on a book shelf in the reading room with this memory of finding him over 225 miles away in an overgrown campground called Mink Lake.
And today, as I talk about COFFEE CUP, I brought him out and I am having coffee in him this morning. Can a cup make you smile? Sure! Have I had too much caffeine and off my rocker? Perhaps….. I am thinking of designing a new blog button using him…
Anyway – got to run – I have to get ready for work and I am hoping with enough time I can bike to work this morning… but I need at least 15 minutes to do so… and what a surprise – I am pushing it.