Road Trip to Grand Marais, MN
My friend Tyler Chandee texted me and asked if I wanted to take a trip up north to take photos. Since I missed out on the opportunity a few months back when he asked, I jumped to the invitation.
We left Minneapolis at 10am and embarked on a 4 hour drive up to Grand Marais. I thought about vlogging, but didn't really want to, because I hate recording myself talking to myself. I decided to vlog because Tyler mentioned doing it too. I'm on camera often for work, but it's easier because it's scripted. Being "unscripted" Kelly took a bit more courage, but I was surprised that the awkwardness went away after a few times of pressing 'record'. I always thought vloggers weren't being "in-the-moment" when they traveled, so I didn't really want that to happen to me. I like to enjoy my surroundings. Surprise! I was never out of the moment. Vlogging made it more enjoyable because there were some funny moments that came out of the trip that were directly influenced by me vlogging, so I'm happy I did.
Tyler wanted to go up north to get cool shots of Devil's Kettle (waterfall) and hopefully anything with rain or fog. It was a very rainy week, so we had a high chance of getting some photos like that, but we were out of luck that day. It was gray and surprisingly VERY warm. We were breaking a sweat and the hike was fairly difficult.
We decided to ditch Judge C.R. Magney and head to Cascade State Park. We took a few photos there but the best photos we took were at Palisade Head. First of all, I've never been to any of these places. I'm a city girl. My parents didn't really like the idea of camping or going outside, so I wasn't exposed to such great views. When we pulled into Palisade Head, I was blown away that Minnesota looked so beautiful. That's when I realized, I HAVE to get out more. WHERE HAS THIS VIEW BEEN ALL MY LIFE.
We wanted to wait until the sunset to get more dynamic photos, so we waited in the car and watched the first episode in season 2 of Master of None. Great way to past the time while waiting for the sunset.
Then the sunset came and we took our photos with Tyler's "Instagram" car trunk. The sunset that day didn't really change the colors in the sky too much, so that was a bit disappointing but the pictures came out great otherwise. And this is where I'll insert Tyler's snarky comment about the photos being good, "uhhhh duh, it's me".
Then it got too dark to take anymore photos, so it was time to head back to Minneapolis. We left Grand Marais around 9pm and we didn't get back until midnight. It was about 8 and half hours round-trip of driving, and I didn't help drive at all. Tyler took it all the way.
Watch my vlog on the trip.