Monday, December 11, 2017

Duluth on Prisma!

Jay Cooke State Park.

Jay Cooke State Park on Prisma! The St. Louis River was boiling back in September. Along the gorge, massive slate formations pepper the riverside like porcupine quills. The pointy rocks make Jay Cooke a Minnesota must see. We always stop by in September when my husband skates the Northshore Inline Marathon.

In Duluth, we inspected the tiny rocks along the shore. This one was occupied.

We always see Carins. The artistic Prisma App really brought out the detail of this stack.

Color in Canal Park.

The key group. I love the weathered and colorfully striated wood. 

The keys in Canal Park are a must see. The group looks even cooler on Prisma!

I love how the Prisma App added so much drama to this harbor photo. And the basalt rocks look as dark as coal. 

Duluth rocks!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Street Scenes from Leon, Nicaragua. Part III

Yesterday, I was reading my travel log from our colorful trip to Nicaragua last year. In Leon, entries were all about life on the streets - every morning we would take a photo safari. In Leon, life is sultry, vivid, smelly, gritty and a combination of fast and slow. It's definitely the year 2017 as most people own smart phones. And yet, many people still travel by horse. The smell of charred wood is always adrift on the breeze. Wood is fuel. Wood is even used to sweep! (I posted a photo in a previous Nicaragua post of a man sweeping the Central Park square with a tiny broom made of sticks) 

Food in Central America is outstanding. If you order soup, they aren't going to open a can or use something from the freezer. No way! (freezers are for ice) Most likely, you'll hear the cooks chopping the vegetables and making it right on the spot. Chicken - its dusty and short feathered life free of a cage - can be a revelation. Other food, is literally left out standing on the street. Baking in the sun. Yum. We simply shake our heads and hope we don't get food poisoning simply from looking.

Next stop is Guatemala!

Coming soon.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Last Hurrah!

Day 21

In Florida, I've been enjoying things that are funny! I love this photo. (the poor little fish was tail's up)

Day 22

Things that wait.

Day 23

Things of beauty.

Day 24

Things that slither...

Day 25

Prolific things. I love this shot!

Day 26

Things in the air.

Day 27

Curious things.

Day 28

Things that are written down.

Day 29

Things that I love. I heart Florida Seashells!

Day 30

Gorgeous and wondrous things!

Now, it's time to wine down. And yes, I mean wine. I'm drinking the last of my chardonnay, eating my last slice of key lime pie (Doc Ford's Rum Bar has the best) soaking up the last sultry rays, and taking deep breaths of salt infused air. And, of course, taking lots of photos. I even created a leftovers post - not because Thanksgiving was last week, but because I took more than 30 photos. And counting...

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Follow My Florida Footprints...

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Well, I bought the cupcakes. Gracie's cupcakes. They are my Florida favorite: filled with key lime or raspberry puree and topped with cream cheese frosting. Of course, there's the tiramisu cupcake, Boston Cream Pie and triple chocolate ones too. I love them all. But why am I talking about cupcakes? Because I'm bringing 12 mini cupcakes to the Thanksgiving potluck this week. I know it is not very traditional, but I always try to bring something that I would love to eat! I hope somebody brings the turkey. Not me. 

My favorite Thanksgiving treat is stuffing and a good gravy. What's yours? The holidays are so different in Florida. Sure, you still see a few Christmas commercials, but, it sure doesn't feel like Christmas. Not with bare feet. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

This Week at the Beach...

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I've called at least one of my beach walks epic. That's because of all the sea shells.


The beach I'm staying adjacent to, Lover's Key State Park, is the very same beach that me and my parents would go shelling on when I was a kid. In fact, I remember seeing the high rise beyond the mangroves and thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool to stay there! I could be the first one on the beach!" Back then, my dad would drive our old R.V. all the way to Florida, where we'd eat at one waffle house after another, until we arrived at the pearly gates. Then we'd camp out in style on the driveway of a relative that lived in Fort Myers Beach. Boy, coming from a farm, I thought Harold and Estel were living the dream. 

On beach days, my dad would get up well before the coo of the morning doves, and drive us the short distance to Lover's Key. (It was called Carl Johnson State Park back then) We'd sneak in with the wild cats and raccoons, and go shelling at sunrise. Needless to say, those were the good ole days. I was in heaven. The raccoons shown above are probably the direct descendants of the raccoons that stole our hot dog buns back in the day!

Stay tuned for more...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Florida. Day by Day...

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I've never posted real time vacation photos before. Normally, I don't want to announce to potential blog burglars that I'm not at home. (Plus, it's nice to take a blogging break) But, someone is at home. My husband and two cats are still enjoying gloomy Minnesota skies and damp, cold weather. Me? Not so much. Now, I'm only living in Minnesota for 11 months a year - one month would be enough for me. 

Last year, I was busy illustrating a children's book. Well, that's done. You can check out the illustrations here!  This year, I decided to keep blogging and post a photo highlight for each sun soaked day. Then post them through the month of November...

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