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.
Arizona's Centennial is aproaching, and one custom bike builder made a one-of-a-kind bike he gave to the State. The State is raffling off the bike for $5 a ticket. Of course, that means it has to make the rounds at major events and such. Puebloe Grande Indian Market was last weekend and I not only took pictures of the bike....
Nice looking bike.
State flag imagery etched into the gas tank.
Side plates are 15 pounds of solid copper!!
Oil reserve has 8 pounds of copper.
Most of the rest of the copper is annodized, but still a sharp looking chopper.
I got to help get it off the platform and into the trailer! Had to wear gloves, even.
Leather seat looks like wood.
The bike is valued at $100 thousand and someone may win on a $5 ticket. Of course someone may win having bought a thousand tickets, too.