Taking A Deep Breath

June 9, 2014

As I write this post on Sunday, June 8, it’s the eve of a huge campaign launch. The days have been hectic and challenging – to varying degrees – since last October, and now months and months of planning and preparation are about to go live (see details in tomorrow’s post by Andrew).

As the anticipation builds, and my nerves fray just a bit, this is exactly the time when I force myself to find a way to get my mind off work. Today was the perfect day to get outside in the amazingly beautiful June weather in Minnesota. I’ve written Peepshow posts about my love for the Nokomis area in the past, but today I thought I’d document an hour of tranquility as I walked my little partner in crime, Ollie, around the lake. It was a fantastic break before things get crazy…one of those moments you really have to take in and enjoy when you can. I thought I’d share a few pics from the afternoon.

Ollie kicks off the day with a quick poop. There would be more...

Keeping it classy, Ollie kicks off the day with a quick poop. There would be three more of these in the next 60 minutes.

Lake Nokomis from Cedar Ave. Bridge

 

Kayakers from Cedar Avenue

Kayakers crossing under Cedar Avenue

Lake Nokomis Beach - the smell of sunscreen and grilled food abounds

Lake Nokomis Beach – smells of sunscreen and grilled food abound

 

Walking trail bridge - one of the BEST parts of any trip around the lake

Walking trail bridge – one of the BEST parts of any trip around the lake

My favorite stretch along the three-mile walking path is on the north side of the lake

My favorite stretch along the three-mile walking path is on the north side of the lake

A little high water impeding our progress

A little high water impeding our progress

Monarch Sign

The “Waystation”

A little garden that attracts monarchs as the summer progresses

A little garden that attracts monarchs as the summer progresses

There are a number of very twisty, misshaped trees around the lake - this is one of my faves

There are a number of very twisty, misshaped trees around the lake – this is one of my faves

I hold my breath and hope for the best every time I walk or run under this sucker - even though it's oddly pretty

I hold my breath and hope for the best every time I walk or run under this sucker – even though it’s oddly pretty

This is Interstellar Record, one of several art installations that appeared around the lake a few years ago

This is Interstellar Record, one of several art installations that appeared around the lake a few years ago

Ollie stops for a refreshing drink of well water

Ollie stops for a refreshing drink of well water

Ollie raises nerves among a family of Canada geese

Ollie raises nerves among a family of Canada geese

A northward view with the Minneapolis skyline peeking above the trees

A northward view with the Minneapolis skyline peeking above the trees

Sandcastle, the new food shack on the north side, serving up hot dogs, ice cream and other summertime treats

Sandcastle, the new food shack on the north side, serving up hot dogs, ice cream and other summertime treats

Ollie, the best walking buddy ever

Ollie, the best walking buddy ever, checks out the view from Cedar