A birthday trip and a leaky faucet, part 2 – back home

Our destination… The Jailhouse Inn located in Preston, MN.  Construction of the old Fillmore County Jail commenced shortly after February, 1869;  the jail building housed the county jail, sheriff’s office and residence, and courtrooms from 1870 to 1970. Restoration of the old jailhouse resulted in a very unique B & B, The Jailhouse Inn.  The last room completed for lodging at The Jailhouse Inn, the Drunk Tank, was completed in mid-1993.   If only those walls could talk huh?!

We stayed, played, and drank wine that night.  In the morning it was an early rise for delicious coffee and a mouth-watering breakfast. Then back to the room to grab our camera’s to photograph interesting objects in and around the historical Jailhouse Inn.

Time to move on out and we were pointed in the right direction.  Okay- Dan and I really do not follow directions that much as each turn we take while out back-roading have led us to some intriguing places.  We made our way back home and a trip that should only take us 1.5-2 hours will usually take a good portion of the day.

Fillmore County in southeastern MN is a stunning locale and we have returned many times since.  The scenery is part of the Driftless Area and is known mainly for the deeply carved river valleys due to the lack of glacial drift.  The Driftless Area includes parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois and is quite the site to feast your eyes upon.  From the beautiful views you see high on top of the bluff’s that surround this area, to buildings in ruins, to cemeteries hidden in the middle of no where… Even with my leaky faucet for a nose, we had a wonderful and eventful trip.

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A birthday trip and a leaky faucet, Part 1

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February… Dan’s birthday month.  A surprise trip was planned in early March of this year to celebrate the day that this amazing man in my life first opened his eyes to the world.  We started out our trip by dropping the “girls” (Audrey and Tindra a.k.a. Weiner Wondergirls) off at a friends house and headed […]

The Reminder – A Perfect Start of the Day

As I walked through the door after a long day at work a few nights back, I smelled the wonderful aroma of pasta in the kitchen. Dan was working his magic and made a wonderful supper for us both (Thank you honey). We sat down together and enjoyed our meal. Afterwards, it was off to the computer to check the emails that flowed through that today. One email in particular stuck out more than the rest; it was from my mother stating “When I saw this, I thought of you. Please take the time and watch this video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”

As any photographer will tell you,  we can view the world differently. We can see beauty in ordinary items and turn them into a work of art (or try to). Unfortunately, we cannot live in that world and forget sometimes…  We forget to open our eyes and heart to the beauty around us in everything and everyone. Be grateful for the day you have today, be grateful for the people that touch our lives in every moment of everyday.

Please take 10 minutes out of your life to watch this inspiring video titled “Happiness Revealed”  by Louie Schwatrzberg. Thanks mother, I did enjoy it – immensely.

Good day everyone!