Category Archives: weekly photo challenge

Shedding the winter blues

Last week I went on vacation and was able to escape the prolonged winter weather that has been sweeping most of the country.

For the first five days, I was by myself in one of my favorite places, Sanibel Island, Florida.  I took off my watch, shut off my phone, ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired.  Every morning I walked on the beach and was blissfully alone with my thoughts and my camera.

The Pelicans provided endless entertainment:IMG_2434IMG_2438IMG_2574IMG_2414An overnight storm washed mounds of shells onto the beach, ready to be dug into:IMG_6386IMG_6384IMG_6387Every day I found a new sand sculpture before it was swept away with the tide.IMG_6342IMG_6368IMG_1102IMG_6366

Each day I felt lighter and stronger.  I could breathe easier and my thoughts seemed more clear.

Since saying goodbye to Annie in January, I’ve had a hard time writing but after a few days in the sunshine I started to get excited about it again and began jotting down ideas to post.

It’s always hard to leave, but I felt awakened with new energy and a fresh attitude ready to take on whatever may come my way!

via Photo Challenge: Awakening

weekly photo challenge: tour guide

We live in Evanston, IL which we think is a perfect location!  The border to the south is the city of Chicago and the border to the east is Lake Michigan.  The majority of the lakefront is open to the public with a walking trail, parks and beaches. We spend a lot of time there, all year round. The beginning of our walk always starts on the south end and we walk past two beaches, kayak and sailing racks and a playground.

The mid-point of our walk up the path brings us to a beautiful duck pond, the motorized boat launch and our favorite place on earth, the Dog Beach!

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If we don’t stop at the dog beach (a decision we never agree with), we find ourselves on the beautiful Northwestern University campus.  It has its own beach and sailing center as well as many spots to stop and enjoy the Chicago skyline.

If you ever find yourself in Evanston, we would love to show you all of our favorite places!

via Photo Challenge: Tour Guide