Recently, I took a trip up north, to Duluth, MN for a weekend getaway. Here is what I learned
Last weekend we went to the lake. Aaron’s cousins have a lake cabin near Cumberland, WI that they have recently started upgrading. It’s a really nice place. It was vastly different than other lake cabins I have been to in the past. To start, the upgrades have made the interior phenomenal. Also, other cabins I have frequented in the past have neighbors super close up to you. Here, it was difficult to even see the closest neighbors (if you stopped and looked, you could see them between all of the trees). We really were in the middle of no where!
We had a good time at the lake. We had a campfire, made s’mores, and wandered through the small shops in the nearby town (Cumberland). We also enjoyed coffee on the porch while watching a chipmunk try to steal our snacks. Plus, when else do you get to play a ’90s version of Trivial Pursuit that asks questions about Y2K?!
It was too cold and rainy to actually go out on the lake but it was really serene being there. Watching the fog on the lake in the mornings seemed almost dream like.
In other news, I found a sweet old Kodak DuaflexII camera at an antique store when we were wandering through town. I’ve always wanted one of these cameras. I absolutely adore the fact that you have to hold the camera down close to waist-level to take the photos. It’s such a unique experience. Instead of holding something up to your face, you have to adjust your body to the camera. Now I need to buy the film for it and figure out how I’m going to get it developed. I already have a ton of ideas of things to photograph with it!
Practice makes perfect cool camera find at the antique store in town #FilmCamera #DuaflexII A photo posted by @amberhanson on
Bonus photo of the lake taken with my iPhone looking into the DuaflexII:
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I did it. I went canoeing for the first time in my life!
A few weeks ago when Aaron and I were at one of the lakes in the area, I noticed that they rent out canoes and kayaks. I decided that looked really interesting and like something that I wanted to try out. Lucky for me, Aaron just so happens to be canoe expert and agreed to go with me. We decided to go to Lake Calhoun because it is a part of Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes and is connected to 3 other lakes. Once we had our plan made, I packed a backpack with snacks and Gatorade, just in case we got hungry on the lake. I also sought out these fancy zip-lock type bags for our phones. Obviously Instagram-ing is required during a first canoeing experience.
As usual, it was a very busy day in Uptown on Lake Calhoun! Even though rain was in the forecast (it never did actually rain), there were probably 20 people in line before us. We paid for our hour of canoe time, picked up some life jackets and went to find our canoe. Surprisingly, there was little to no direction from the people setting us up in the canoe. They just pointed to a canoe told us to get in, handed us our paddles and pushed us out into the lake. I’m glad Aaron knew what was up because I would have been terrified by myself.
Once we started going, I realized just how easy it was and how much fun I was having. There were a ton of people out on the lakes with those paddle boards. That’s definitely something I’d also like to try someday, but for now I just want to canoe EVERYDAY!
The coolest part about being on the Chain of Lakes is that since we were in the middle of Minneapolis, there are all of these bridges that go over the lakes. They are pretty interesting to explore under, the photo below shows a bridge that also has a walking path under it and some people try to fish there!
Recently I went to a photo event at the Minneapolis Institue of Arts (MIA). They have a recurring event called the Third Thursday where the entire museum is free to visit and each month has a unique theme/event. The MIA is celebrating its 100th birthday this year so this event was 100 years of photographs to showcase the best of the best.
Part of this third Thursday event included a workshop put on by LABMPLS where they provided all kinds of different things to photograph that were both modern and vintage looking. Some of those things included old cameras, picture frames, postcards, books, art supplies, and a bunch of random things that were bright and colorful.
I really enjoyed this workshop. I could’ve stayed all day! I liked arranging the different pieces I selected to get the perfect Instagram shot.
Today I discovered a whole park area that I never knew existed in my city. It’s so crazy that I’ve been right on the edge of it several times, but had never gone down into this park. We finally had nice weather again, so when we were out running some errands, we stopped to go for a walk down by the river. I’m not sure what it is about rivers attracting all kinds of strange people but there were a lot of people watching opportunities on our walk!
To get to this spot by the river, you must first walk down a few sets of stairs. It was quite surprising to see how far down you actually are compared to the road above. Once you’re down there, it’s cool to look up and have an interesting view of some of the old buildings on St. Anthony Main.
I’m really excited that I discovered this area, its very peaceful and there’s a lot of interesting things. Even thought it was full of people and in the center of the city, it was very peaceful. It was a fun mini adventure for a weekend filled with errands and packing. Afterwards we stopped for fancy lemonades.
This was one of those photos where I couldn’t stop thinking about the photography potential until I went back and snapped a quick pic. I saw this vespa in the alley when I was walking. On my way back I HAD to stop to get some shots of it. I really like the brick background and the pops of yellow color throughout the photo.
This is from a few weeks ago but I thought it was still worth posting. There’s a newer bar/restaurant in the area that also has a Ferris wheel that you can pay to ride. Normally I’m the kind of person who would totally be up for that kind of thing but impending thunderstorms caused it to be closed. Instead I shot this photo and we went inside to drink fancy margaritas on the rocks.
This photo was taken for last weekend’s Weekend Hashtag Project. The topic was Color Play. The bar that Aaron works at has LEGO bricks in beer mugs at all of the tables so naturally when I was visiting him last Sunday I just had to play with the bricks. I ended up sorting them by color and photographing them because why not?
Here are some more photos from the trip, more on the touristy side.
There were some sand sculptures on the beach in Puerto Morelos. If you walked by at the right time of day, you could watch the artists work on them. It was very interesting to see their process. They also have people who walk by and spray them with water so they don’t dry out and crumble.
This is the light house that Puerto Morelos is known for. It was hit by hurricane Beulah in the ’60s and was tilted like this. It has become a well known tourist attraction of the area and has since been replaced by a working lighthouse .
I had an idea for a really artsy shot of me standing in the sand looking out at the lighthouse so I made Aaron take my photo. It was super windy and it wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned but I like it.
One morning we decided to go out for breakfast and found a little restaurant that was just opening up but they assured us we could eat there. I think our waiter was more interested in being our new best friend than he was with serving our breakfast. He made sure to take our photo for us and then had me take a photo of him and Aaron together. We got chorizo omelettes with all fresh ingredients. So delicious!
Another lovely view. The different colors in the ocean are from the coral reefs that surround the area. I think it makes a much more interesting view than just one shade of blue.
We stopped at Air Margaritaville in the Cancún airport while we were waiting for our flight back home.
Probably the most expensive thing I bought on the entire trip was this piña colada at 10am in the airport. Worth it.
One of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I just love how the sky blends into the ocean. You can’t tell where one ends and one begins.
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Bonus Snap Chat shot! 🙂 side note: I still have to get the film developed from that camera. If anything good turns out from it I’ll be sure to share!