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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Falls Again!

You may recall that last year for IQD, David and I visited Minnehaha Falls, although it was so dark that we didn't see all that much of it. We returned about a month ago and saw it in its fully-frozen splendor.

But this weekend, revisiting a few of the scenes of a year ago, we actually went behind the falls, and it was one of the most spectacular sights of my life!

Again this time, the stairs were the most treacherous part of the trip. There was a well-worn path through the snow to the falls, easy to follow once one jumped the gate. (The top of the stairs were chained off with a "do not enter" sign, and the path to the falls themselves was blocked with a low gate, but it was clear that few regarded those dicta: the crowd behind the falls by the time we left was almost as numerous as the one at the top. The city doesn't clear the stairs, and presumably doesn't want to be held liable for any accidents, but apparently knows that Minneapolitans will get their ice climbing on, and doesn't seem to guard the site.) Behind the falls, there was a bit of ice, but it was mostly bare dirt (the first I'd seen since November, and exciting in the oddest of ways).

David made a video to document the experience. He shot all the footage and stills on his phone, as neither of us managed to grab the camera:

Here are all his photos. I took a few, too, but they're still on my phone at the moment. Also: somehow I can't find my sunglasses, so I'm wearing the emergency pair from David's glove box. It is not a fashion statement.


Nothing said...

Cool! (No pun intended here.)

Now you can finally start working on that frozen-ice-waterfall badge you've been meaning to get.

CëRïSë said...

Ha! Yes, it was definitely cool. Bring on the badge!

Becca said...

I love the montages you two make. So cute. Makes me miss David. :(

CëRïSë said...

Awwww, we miss you too, Becca! Come visit!

lee said...

thanks for the pix and commentary on the falls

CëRïSë said...

Thanks, Dad! I know that frigid outdoor adventures are right up your alley.