Flower Appreciation

I think flowers are beautiful. I’m constantly adding new flowers to my list of favorites. If you asked me what my favorite was I would list off two or three but then keep thinking of new ones and I would continue to go on and on about how much I love flowers.

I decided to compile pictures from this summer that I took of a bunch of the beautiful and colorful flowers I saw. Flowers are such a little thing that bring so much joy to my life. I definitely know my house will always have fresh flowers in the future.



My sister actually took this picture, but I love these day lilies so I had to include it!





I hope these pictures bring a little beauty and joy into your day. I’ll definitely be making more posts like this next summer and I can’t wait!

Have a wonderful day everyone!



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“I know what I should write a post about… A tribute to winter. I mean it is March now, it’ll be spring soon,” I think as I write this post as it’s snowing outside.

Sigh… I can hope at least.

As much as I love winter it gets to a point where I just long for warm, sunny days and I dread having to go outside in order to get to class. At this point I have to force myself out of bed in the morning because all I want to do is snuggle down and hibernate until the snow melts and we hit 50 degrees on a daily basis.

On the plus side, it’s supposed to be in the mid- to upper- 40’s every day of the week that this post gets published so I’m looking forward to that!

I hope you all enjoyed a look into some of my favorite winter pictures, and have a great rest of your days.

Adventures State Park Chronicles

Throwback Thursday: Jay Cooke State Park

Back in October, I went to Jay Cooke State Park with my dad to go hiking. We planned on hiking around five to seven miles and then heading back to Duluth to watch the U of M Twin Cities and UMD hockey game.

Things definitely did not go as planned…

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There’s what we actually did, and yes, that does in fact say 112 floors.

Now that you’ve seen the aftermath of that adventure, here are some of the pictures that I took.

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So right around this point on the hike, we went a little off trail. I then sent this picture to my stepmom…

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And captioned it “guess what dad did…” Her immediate guess was that he had fallen and hurt himself because the last time we went hiking that’s what my stepmom did. But in reality my dad just decided to ignore the map and took us down into a giant ditch that we had to climb out of.

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I don’t think you can really tell from this picture but that’s a hill, and that’s what we had to climb up to get back onto the trail.

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Eventually, we stopped for lunch and ate at this really nice overlook.

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Then came the “fun” part of the hike. We decided to follow the loop around Upper Lake Trail and promptly started the too long trek that by the end of it I was definitely contemplating just rolling down the hills. (I actually would have done this if I could have gone back to my dorm to change before dinner and the hockey game)

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One of the highlights of the trail was how pretty the trees were. Absolutely gorgeous. I had forgotten my memory card for my camera that day so unfortunately all I got were iPhone pictures but I still think they turned out pretty great.

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There’s a panoramic view from the top of one of the numerous hills on the trail.

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On our way back to the parking lot we found this porcupine just hanging out in a tree. It was really cool to see one so close up.

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And there it is, the final picture. Me standing on the swinging bridge after this insane hike. My dad took the picture and immediately after we walked as fast as we could to the car so we could finally sit down. I had actually brought a change of shoes and was overjoyed to be able to put on fuzzy slippers and just sit down. I don’t think I got out of bed more than three times the entire next day.

I hope you all enjoyed my pictures from my very interesting hike through Jay Cooke State Park. I’ll talk to you soon.