We were fortunate enough to spend another fabulous weekend up north. The weather was perfect and we were rewarded with yet another opportunity to photograph the sunset. I can’t decide which I like best so I’m posting a bunch of them. Enjoy and happy independence day!!
First, one of hubby’s silhouette before the sun set, then the sunsets:
It was picture perfect at the lake for father’s day weekend. It was a last minute decision to go and when we checked the weather forecast there was a 90% chance of thunderstorms. That turned into a range of about 30% to 55% and then they became “scattered” thunderstorms. The storms never materialized!! And it ended up being the absolute perfect weather day on Saturday and we got to view (and photograph) another beautiful sunset.
We did our now usual weekend trip, leaving after the rush hour traffic to subside Friday night. This time we managed to leave just after 7 p.m., arriving in Akeley about 10:30. We drove through many areas of fog and did not hit two deer. One was crossing the road ahead of us, the other was on the side of the road. We awakened to fog the next morning but headed off to the Rapid River Logging Camp as planned. They have a fun, family style breakfast and Miss M really wanted to go this time. You get as many eggs as you want (we heard one person ask for six eggs!! for just that one person!! wow…big appetite I guess) either over easy or scrambled, many pancakes, ham or sausage, hash browns and logger raisins (prunes). You can also have orange juice, milk or coffee or some combination of those. We got juice and coffee. We left feeling satisfied.
We stopped at Coborn’s grocery store in Park Rapids on our way back to the cabin to get snacks and something for dinner. Then we didn’t leave again until it was time to go home the next day. It was heavenly. Neither side of neighbors were there and it was very quiet on the lake. The only sounds we heard were lake gulls, loons and our lawn mower as we took turns mowing the area by the shoreline. Since it was full of wildflowers I gave Miss M the job of collecting most of the them to put in vases in the cabin and they looked lovely! She made one big one and a smaller one for the bathroom. We had a nice pork chop dinner then had a camp fire complete with smores! And then we were rewarded with a gorgeous sunset. Weekends like this one are why we endure winter.
Come have a look-see at some photos I took.
the cabin from the dock
the view from the deck
not quite ripe wild strawberries found just outside the back door next to the steps
a riper strawberry
Here are various sunsets at different times:
just before the sunset
another before the sunset
sunset 11th Crow Wing Lake, summer 2016
father daughter silhouette
about an hour after the sunset, beautiful colors all night long
Finally, the dad and his mini me. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
We had another successful Memorial day “open the cabin” weekend up north. We also had a nice, warm and sunny day. Bonus! Below are a handful of photos. Click on any image in the gallery to see it larger.
Miss M’s tree
putting the dock in
burning sticks and leaves
sunset, Akeley MN
apple tree in blossom
I was so busy cooking and cleaning that I didn’t get photos of the food. I made rhubarb crisp for dessert and look what I happened upon when I went to pick the rhubarb that I brought up to the cabin. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
We are amongst the many people that are lucky enough to have a family cabin in the woods in northern Minnesota. We just had a nice vacation there and here is a brief synopsis of our time at 11th Crow Wing Lake.
We arrived around noon on a sunny summer day. The lake was beautiful and as peaceful as ever. Here’s our view from the deck:
This ginormous dragonfly was on the door. Isn’t it beautiful?
And Lady of the Cakes will be so happy to see food in this post ;) We decided to cook our dinner in the camp fire the first night. Here’s one of the fire builders at work:
Pretty soon we have a fire hot enough to cook corn. First, we soaked it in water for about an hour. Then wrapped it in foil and put them in the fire. They took about 10-15 minutes. We got our corn unwrapped, peeled, buttered and salted and then roasted our hot dogs.
And just look at how talented I am. I can roast a weenie and take a picture at the same time!!
Ready, set, eat!!
Ready for more food? I clipped a recipe in this week’s food section in the newspaper for a different kind of rhubarb crisp. This was made with ginger snaps and “candied” ginger. All the store in Walker had was crystallized ginger. It was just a tad too gingery for me so I’m not going to make it again. But it sure looks yummy doesn’t it? (if I do say so meself):
We always have beautiful sunsets over the lake. Here’s a couple from our first night’s sunset:
Here’s one of my favorite photos this trip, the paddlers returning in the canoe:
Two more sunset photos from our last night there:
We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy this lovely spot.
Marianne at East of Málaga hosts this monthly challenge(click the link for more of this month’s entries) and I’m doing it this month! I have so many reflection-type photos and most, if not all, of these have been posted before but it’s fun to put together a collection of photos for a theme. I hope you’ll enjoy these. Click on any photo to see it larger and to scroll through all of the photos.
11th Crow Wing Lake-Sun reflection and Dad and daughter reflecting on life
11th Crow Wing Lake-I love how the clouds and sun reflect in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-more reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-tree reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-trees reflection
Willow Pond-early spring trees reflecting in the water
Patio de las Doncellas, Real Alcázar, Sevilla
The rest of the challenge is to include links to two blogs that I’ve commented on in the last month. My first is a more recent find, a food blog that I think you’ll enjoy. Things My Belly Likes is full of great recipes with a dash of humor too.
My second featured blog has given me much inspiration in the last few weeks. Please visit Mirth and Motivation, I promise you’ll be inspired!
I’m on vacation in southern California and I thought I would share some photos of Venice.
The beautiful beach:
An interesting house that we passed(there are many interesting houses in Venice!):
Here’s my favorite girl on the dock just after sunset at the lake:
Don Quijote y Sancho Panza at Taberna Guzmán, Córdoba, Spain:
The travel themes are from Where’s my backpack. Check out the other entries there, fun!!