A Beautiful Fall Weekend

What a beautiful autumn weekend we had in Minnesota! 

The weekend started with dinner at T.G.I. Friday’s with Nate before going to see Dr. Doug Weiss speak at River Valley Church‘s Marriage Night. Dr. Doug spoke about how to better communicate feelings and being closer spiritually, emotionally and physically with your spouse. Very interesting and entertaining. 

Saturday morning was a bright, crisp fall day. I was able to sleep in a bit before having breakfast, grabbing some Caribou Coffee and heading to Anoka for the Gray Ghost 5k. Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World and they didn’t disappoint. Having never been in Anoka for any of their festivities, I was pleasantly surprised. The number of people, both spectators and participants, wearing costumes greatly outnumbered those not in costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t start thinking about costumes early enough and ended up running without one. At least I had an orange running shirt and my Monster Dash jacket on! 

Since most of the race course was shared by the parade route, spectators lined the streets 2-3 people deep in most spots. Hearing the spectators cheering on the runners and being able to look at all of the costumes made this race one to settle down into a slower pace and just enjoy the sights. I loved this race and can’t wait to do again next year, hopefully with my stepson! My finishing time was 37:20, but for me it was all about soaking it in and having fun. After the race, we headed over to one of the bars for some beer, chips and queso. Yum!

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Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. Yum!

Yes, I realize how sad it is that my only picture of the afternoon was my beer. My official photographer wasn’t with me because he was home doing yardwork and hanging the shutters on the house. (Love you, Nate!) The rest of the day consisted of church and dinner at Culver’s followed by a strawberry sundae.

Sunday morning was another sunny autumn day. Nate and I went out for breakfast, then headed over to Wild River State Park for a hilly, 4.5 mile hike. It was gorgeous and only came across a handful of people on horseback, a bunch of wild turkey and five deer. Again, I didn’t get any pictures, but this time I can blame it on my phone running my app to log mileage! Too bad since the leaves were beautiful!

Overall is was a fantastic fall day; the kind that makes me sad it doesn’t last longer. But, we can’t change the weather, so we might as well enjoy it while it lasts. The accumulating snow and colder temps will be here before we know it – but then it will be snowshoeing season!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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