Windmills, Æbleskiver, and My Uncle Erick

23 Sep

A ride along the coast through windy roads and mountain tops, through heavy clouds and mist, I found the small town that sparked the sunshine and gave us smiles good enough to be sealed in by the Jar of Awesome.

 

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With all the wineries and quaint feel good vibes of this small town, I had a flashback of Miles from the movie Sideways and his wine-tasting montage, without the comedic angry outbursts, of course. I was out and about on a quick getaway to find out what this Danish Days Festival was all about, and in the process I discovered the awesomeness of Æbleskiver.

 

 

Now I couldn’t even pronounce it. But they knew what I wanted when I got there and this was the place to get them. I was lucky to come before the lunch time rush and I only had to wait about ten minutes in line. But after I got my order, the people behind me weren’t so lucky. The line got pretty crazy and they were there at least 30 minutes.

Yeah. They were that good. Flaky, fluffy, sweet, tasty treats sprinkled with powered sugar and hitting the spot.

Now normally I wouldn’t drive about three hours anywhere for food I could probably buy in the melting pot of our culinary city, but this little town was a place my Uncle Erick liked to go to when family visited from out of town. He enjoyed the drive along the coast, the vibe of the place, the peace of a small town, the wineries, pastry and coffee shops on every corner. He enjoyed feeling like a tourist as he walked around admiring the architecture and enjoying the food. He smiled when he was there. It probably reminded him of his trip to Europe, and he liked the quick three-hour getaway down memory lane. I felt it would be a good excuse to go, Danish Days Festival, I mean come on … Viking stuff, Legos, woodcarving, music, dancing, kids jamboree, parades, and tiny wooden shoes.

This spoke of adventure. As soon as I told my kids Legos and food with powered sugar was involved they were on board.

 

 

And so we toured the place and felt the vibe. I could see what my Uncle Erick enjoyed about it, but most of all I remembered my Uncle Erick and his willingness for three-hour road trips just to get the family together, just to try something new. I remembered my uncle as I watched the woodcarver make art from blocks of Redwood, I remembered my Uncle Erick as we watched the parade, I remembered my Uncle Erick as I saw the windmills and the city sign, I remembered my Uncle Erick as I sat to eat the Æbleskiver,  I remembered my Uncle Erick, the dreamer who always wanted something better and never stopped looking for it, the one who loved his daughter above all else, the one I looked up to as a kid, and the one my kids never met because he died before they were born, but I know he would loved to hang out with them.

I remembered my Uncle Erick and told stories about him all day.

Buen Camino my friends.

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5 Responses to “Windmills, Æbleskiver, and My Uncle Erick”

  1. Cayman Thorn September 24, 2017 at 11:07 AM #

    Here Here! I was just thinking about how blessed I am to have so many good people in my life. In this upside down world, it’s the one constant we can hold onto. It’s a gift, truly.

    Peace and road trips

    • The Guat October 3, 2017 at 12:30 AM #

      Duuuuuuude. With everything that’s been going on blessed is just the right word. It is pretty awesome when you have those people with you on road trips, with the same adventure mantra. Ohhhhh my Uncle Erick was good people and any time I think of this town, he’s always on my mind. He was a cool dude, like a brother, someone I always looked up to when I was kid. Peace and road trips … I like that. I like that a lot. Buen Camino my friend.

  2. Andrea Smyth October 2, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

    What a beautiful tribute to your Uncle Erick!!

    We have a Scandinavian festival here every summer and I was so sad to miss it this year – stupid first trimester – but the Aebleskivers are definitely my favorite!!!

    • The Guat October 3, 2017 at 12:36 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude! It is so great to see you and hear from you!! I went to your site a couple of times after you got your new site, but a while back there was nothing there. I’m glad you’re back though. I’m hoping to catch up on your latest adventures. Hey thanks for stopping by and reading … yeah my Uncle Erick was definitely a cool dude. This road trip definitely brought up some memories and I was glad to share them with the kids. And yes!! those Aebleskivers were awwwwwwwwwesome.

      • Andrea Smyth October 27, 2017 at 1:12 PM #

        Yay! I was wondering if you even remembered me! I’ve missed you! Once I had my son my brain turned to mush and I just dropped off the face of the blogosphere lol. But I’m trying to make a comeback! You’ve got me seriously craving some delicious food now!!!

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