I said when I started this blog that it was going to be a little about photography, a little about life and everything in between. This post is one of those about all of the above.
This past summer, a friend and I took a camping trip to Crosby Manitou State Park up past Lake Superior’s North Shore in Finland, Minnesota.
Little did I know that it was to be our last trip….let me re-phrase that, our last “anything” together. Looking back on it now I guess I did know that there was a change coming, but I didn’t know that it would be such a drastic change, and that our friendship of almost 20 years would end. Life sucks sometimes and there is nothing you can do about it.
I quote the song “Red Rag Top” by Tim Mcgraw:
“Well you do what you do and you pay for your sins and there’s no such thing as what might’ve been. That’s a waste of time, drive you out of your mind.”
I have to say I found out a lot that weekend. I found out who my true friends are, and that friendship means more to some people than others. I found out about lies and betrayal, and what both can do to your heart and soul. I found out that I can forgive quickly, but forgetting takes time. I found out that you live and learn, and life goes on. I found out that everything happens for a reason, and it all is really in God’s hands; prayer is a powerful thing. I found out how strong I really am, and continue to get stronger every day.
And I found out that I can take a mean picture or two :) Well I knew that, but it just got better. And I’m okay with saying that and giving myself a pat on the back. I am aware that I have a lot to learn and a long ways to go. I am a work in progress in all aspects of my life. Writing this blog and my passion for photography has been very therapeautic for me. I have my good and bad days, the bad days few and far between now, and I can only go up from here :)
Crosby Manitou State Park is in the middle of the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota, and part of the hiking trail system runs into the Superior Hiking Trail. The campground we were at was a “backpack-in” site on a nice little lake, Lake Benson. It was a beautiful park with some awesome hiking trails, needless to say I was pooped at the end of the weekend from hiking the rough terrain.
We hiked to the nearby waterfalls and walked around the lake on the man-made boardwalk that was pretty cool. We took refreshing baths in the cold lake and cooked steaks on the open fire. I was disappointed I didn’t see a lot of wildlife, but the scenery was incredible, and what I did see was photo-worthy :)
Hope you enjoy Northern Minnesota as much as I do.