"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

April 21, 2008

Minnehaha Falls Part Two

Another Photo Journey? Meh, Why not?

Around two this afternoon, I decided to take advantage of the 70+ degree weather instead of sitting around taking blurry photos of the dog and dropping Entrecards obsessively (not that there's anything wrong with that).

I loaded up with a healthy lunch recommended by nutritionists around the world, jumped on the bicycle, and headed back to Minnehaha Falls.

The last time I was there, I only visited the upper part of the park. This time, I decided to visit the lower glen. I wandered down the stairs and through the section that the map from 1969 calls a deer pen.

While there were no deer present, I did come across twenty bazillion people who can't afford a room.

And some outbuilding or storage shed perched atop a hill.

Since standing in a field doing nothing gets dull after about five minutes, I decided to trek over to the Mississippi River. I wandered down the sparsely-populated wooded trail while silently wondering if the Blair Witch was going to arrange a cairn of stones somewhere along the path. (Normal people fear burglars and murderers. Me? I fear fictional movie characters.) I almost took a photo of the trail but there was a couple in front of me and a family behind me. Since I didn't want to be the creepy girl taking pictures of them, I saved the photo-taking for my destination, the Mississippi River.

That was wildly exciting. For thirty seconds. So, I turned back around and wandered home. And discovered that I'm no more, no less fit at 35 than I was at 10 years old. Going up the steps, I still had to recover after about two or three landings.

And just to prove that I really do live in a city with buildings and people and cars, (My photos have been pretty concentrated on natural settings.) here's a picture of Uptown from yesterday. :)


franscud said...

I never saw blair witch, and at this point I never will. As I grew up in MD, I figure it probably would have freaked me out, so I understand thinking that way :).

Jillian said...

Do those stairs go anywhere? It looks like they don't.

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Good luck in our BotB battle this morning!

Minnesota is so beautiful! I was in Winona for a week back in teh 80s and outside the city for a Sierra Club Regional Meeting in january back in 1989. The sky was so clear and the stars so bright!

Berryvox said...

Francis - That was the first movie in a long time that gave me the creeps.

Jillian - There's two levels to the park, one near the top of the falls and the other at the elevation of the Mississippi River.

Berryvox said...

Matthew - Yeah, it really is! I used to hate it when I was a teenager and desperately wanted to go to London or NYC but I've grown to appreciate it lately. I bet Alaska is just as stunning if not more. :)

Good luck to you too! (You're totally winning this one, I think. :) )

FerdC ~ Crazy Medical Cases said...

Great pix, BV.
I think I mentioned I lived in Rochester for 3 years and would go up to the cities from time to time. Your pictures bring back nice memories.

Berryvox said...

Ferd - Thanks! I'd say lovely things about Rochester but I don't think I've ever been there.