We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
Karen and the boys have made Islands their place of choice to eat for many Tuesdays and it is closing its doors today. They decided to make one last trek there to say goodbye to their waitress, the manager and everyone else they've met over there.
Erik outside by the sign.
Erik and Jake with their waitress, Selena. She almost looks like one of the family, doesn't she?
Thanks for all the good food and wonderful people, Islands! Too bad that this profitable restaurant wasn't profitable enough for Corporate to keep open. Now the nearest Islands is something like 15 miles away. Looks like Karen and the boys will be looking for a new Tuesday spot. I know they will miss Selena, Devin, Chrissy, Brittany, Amber, and, of course, Fred.