Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Travel 2015: A Tale of Three Parks

Hello, all!  As I mentioned in my previous post, my family went on vacation earlier this month.  We traveled "up north" and visited three different state parks.  Today, I'd like to share some of my vacation photos with you.
 
Supplies: cardstock from Neenah Paper, orange patterned paper from Authentique, monster & plaid patterned paper from Bo Bunny, alphabet stickers from Lily Bee, enamel shapes from October Afternoon, paint from Deco Art, pens from Zig, upcycled bubble wrap & gift bow, household mini stapler.

Traveling north from the Twin Cities, our first stop was at Wild River State Park.  At this park we enjoyed taking in scenic views of the Saint Croix River and doing activities in the visitor center.  I have even managed to scrapbook my photos from this park visit already!



When we left the Twin Cities, we thought that we had left our library adventures behind; however, we discovered a delightful little library in the Wild River Park visitor center.  I love the rough-hewn book shelves with the bark still on them.  There was also a hot beverage station for the park's library patrons.  I imagine that this cozy book nook is a godsend for campers who experience cold or rainy weather at the park and want to warm up for awhile.  However, it was sunny and hot on the day that we visited, so we did not stop to read or have a hot drink.  We only stopped long enough to admire the charm of the library.
 


The weather did turn cold for us later in the trip, when we visited Banning State Park.  You can see that instead of shorts and tee shirts we're in long pants and sweaters.  I have already scrapbooked this photo as well.  I blogged about that scrapbook page in a previous post.


We got rained on lightly during our last park visit, which was at St. Croix State Park.  Luckily, this park has a scenic driving path, so we were able to enjoy the park from the car.  As you can see from the photo above, St. Croix State Park is a beautiful place for a country drive.  I haven't scrapbooked this photo yet, but I hope to get to it soon.  I'll be sure to share the finished page with you when it's ready.  Until then, take care!

21 comments:

Simply Playing said...

I like the clean lines of this layout Denise. Really nice pics of all three of you. I agree those roughhewn library shelves with the bark are awesome!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your son is really growing. I so enjoyed that layout of the three of you. You were really motivated to get those trips scrapped (or whatever you call finished).

I was in awe of that library with its offer of coffee and those gorgeous shelves. Nice that you stopped there.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I didn't realize you were sharing this for your T post, so I was delighted you joined us for T this week.

Robyn said...

blogging is my fav way to travel! Great shelves!

~*~Patty S said...

What beautiful wooden shelves and such a nice welcoming library too.
Glad you had such a nice vacation with your memories recorded already.
Happy T Day oxo

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely photos, sounds like a great vacation. Love those bookshelves, too.Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Beautiful layout and lovely photos!
Happy T-Day!
oxo
Susi

Lisca Meijer said...

How nice that the library provided hot drinks!
Love you layout.
Thanks for the beautiful photos of the park. I've been to your neck of the woods. I had a very good friend in Bloomington, who I visited twice. And she took me north to all those lovely places. I remember it being cold (I live in Spain)and on the occasional nice warm day the airco was so cold that I still needed my jumper! lol.
Have a good tuesday,
blessings,
Lisca#11

Linda Kunsman said...

what a fun and cheery layout Denise-looks like a fab trip despite some weather flaws. That last photo just takes you in on that lovely drive, and I LOVE the rustic case in the library. Happy T day!

Sharon Fritchman said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your tale of three parks, Denise! So happy that you were able to enjoy the third one by car when it rained! And I absolutely love the wonderful scrapbook page that you made! Awesome!!!

dawn said...

Hello Denise, so good to see your scrapbook pages again, love this one. How wonderful that library is, those shelves are awesome!! Lovely picture and trees. Happy T Day!

jinxxxygirl said...

Thank you so much for sharing your vacation photos with us! You did a fab job scrapbooking them. I love those rough library book shelves...hmmm.... hubby might have another 'honey do'... lol Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm a huge fan of state parks, and these are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this. The wild sunflowers are a treat to see; mine aren't blooming yet.

johanna said...

These book shelves with the rough bark are so awesome!
happy t-day from Germany:)

Rita said...

It is just beautiful along the St. Croix River! A perfect place to go. Pretty even on a rainy day.
Happy T-Day!! :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Along with everyone else, I adore those rough book shelves! It looks like you had a wonderful time visiting the 3 parks. It seems you were well prepared for the weather variations, too.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Along with everyone else, I adore those rough book shelves! It looks like you had a wonderful time visiting the 3 parks. It seems you were well prepared for the weather variations, too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your photos! What a friendly bunch they must be at that library to provide drinks! Happy T day! Chrisx

Ariel said...

Love your scrapbook page Denise. You have used the typical summer shades here. Those shelves at the library looks so charming.
Have a great week

Dianne said...

Fantastic scrapbook page...love the 'pops' of red! fun photos too...the view of the drive in the park makes me want to go there...happy T day...a bit late ;)

Karla B said...

Lovely post and photos!