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After days of rain, Saturday finally offered me the chance to use my new camera. I think I’ll mention now that I am absolutely enamored with my Nikon D700. Simply hooked. It’s night and day different than my Sony a200, but that’s to be expected when it’s 5 times more expensive. As my dad says, you get what you pay for. But seriously, I feel so lucky every time I hold that camera. I hope that feeling never wears off.
In Crosslake, a town about 30 miles from where we live, they hosted a St. Patrick’s Day parade. While the town is a pretty little town, the parade was surprisingly huge! The climate was very different that what it’s like at the 4th of July parade, but regardless, we had great weather for March in Minnesota.
45 degrees, slight wind, and no rain! It was beautiful.
Before the parade, we went to a restaurant called Zorbaz for pizza. Zorbaz is a big hot spot in the summer with all of the tourists, and it’s a fun place to go. The only thing that annoys me [although it is an effective and brilliantly annoying marketing technique] is that for everything that has an S in it on their menu or on signs in their store, they use Z’s. Soup becomes Zoup, Women’s Bathroom becomes Women’z. Clever at first, it become annoying afterwards. But hey, same with the Progressive commercials; I hate them but they sure make me remember them.
Here is Erica, my sister. Isn’t she cute?
At the beginning of the parade, the timing of the floats wasn’t consistent. In one of the gaps, this little peanut decided to run free on the open road. Nothing like a cute little one to get everyone chuckling!
Then these guys came by. I can’t remember what they were from; I was kind of mesmerized by how creepy they were. The one looking in my general direction must have known my aunt/uncle because she came over to show some love.
This float came by, shooting fire up in the air. I started to take photos of it as it was approaching me and it took me about 6 tries to get the exposure right so the fire showed up. I found it fitting that the fire truck followed behind it. That fire kicked off so much heat, I felt like I was suntanning as it went by.
This boat was spitting out green water from the back. The sound of the engine and the smell of the exhaust made me insanely excited for spring/summer!! We are called The Land of 10,000 Lakes for a reason!
Now, that was fun!
A great day with family, lovely weather, fun times, and a huge hint of spring.
It was a great day.
Now, if you’ll excuse me – it is 60 [YES – SIXTY] degrees outside so Matt and I are going for a walk. I’m in shock that I have my patio door wide open right now and I’m not one bit cold.
Life! Is! Good!
Enjoy the ride,