What a weekend.
Tony and I were in Duluth, the prettiest town in Minnesota.
We were lucky enough to live there for four years through our college experience & venturing back up there this weekend made me realize how much I miss the town, itself. It was a balmy 90 degrees most of the weekend [a rarity for Duluth, even in summer], & it couldn’t have been more perfect.
The weekend held a wedding of a friend near to our hearts – a fellow football teammate of Tony’s – we were extremely lucky to be a part of their big day.
Tony had a lot of scheduled events, he was a groomsmen, and his weekend kicked off with a bachelor party on Thursday night. I enjoyed some quiet time in our hotel, caught up on some my this & that’s, and had a good night’s rest.
Friday, Tony went golfing & to lunch with some friends and fellow groomsmen. I was left to explore and do my own thing & let me tell you – it was nothing short of amazing. I walked down to some of my favorite spots in Canal Park, I took in the lake walk [twice!], and read my book under a shady tree. My day reminded me of all the beautiful things the city has to offer. Even though the humidity was thick, there was a crisp breeze along the lake which kept me cool. I dipped my toes in Lake Superior, just to remember the frigid water temperature & was surprised. It was pleasantly cool and refreshing. I felt like a little kid again, splashing around, getting my legs and arms wet to cool down. The water in Lake Superior is the clearest, most beautiful water, with a bottom lined with smooth, circular stones of all browns, reds, and grays. It is truly a lake that glistens.
In the springtime in college, on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, friends and I would pack up our homework, beverages, and occasionally a frisbee or two, and head to Park Point, one of Duluth’s great beaches. We would lay blankets down, get comfortable, and pretend we were doing homework. There would be music playing from fellow ‘studiers’ & the day would get away from us quickly. I remember laughing so hard my stomach would ache, my cheeks would get sun burnt, and I never got my lesson plans created for practicums the follow Monday. We would have contests of who could stand in Lake Superior the longest, [in early May, giant icebergs would still line the beaches], drink a little too much vodka lemonades, & forget everything.
It’s a cliche, but these were some of the best days of my life. Being back in my city brought back all sorts of memories I never want to forget.
The wedding on Saturday went off without a hitch. The atmosphere was soft, with candle light and vases filled with baby breath, and glamourous; the groomsmen wore skinny ties and suspenders and the bridesmaids wore black lace.
It was a beautiful weekend for a beautiful couple.
Here’s to another busy week: another trip to Duluth with girlfriends Tuesday, DOTD [drinks on the deck] on Wednesday night, a very bitter sweet goodbye dinner Thursday, & Eau Claire fest Friday and Saturday!! [I can hardly contain my excitement for Saturday night – Bon Iver!!]
Happy Monday my tulips! xo