Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekend Getaway

This past weekend my beautiful bride and I took a break from the freezing norms of life in Fargo.   We had planned a little getaway to get out and about and make the most of the winter weather.  We inherited some cross country skiing gear from Ann's grandparents and have been itching to put it all to good use.  So we booked a hotel in the quaint little town of Park Rapids, MN for a couple nights with plans to head even further north to ski the trails of Itasca State Park.  One of the biggest draws of the hotel we stayed in was the indoor pool and hot tub.  Unfortunately we ended up battling old, beer bellied, hairy men for the hot tub all weekend. We got our turn every once in a while though, so it was worth it!  Overall it was a wonderful weekend full of great food, fun adventures, and relaxation!  Here are some pictures of the highlights of our weekend, enjoy!

Bundling up to get ready to go XC skiing

Eating at the historical MinneSoda Fountain

This reuben was SO good!

We had to try the hot fudge shakes!


Nothing like skiing in -10 deg weather!

Slow down, Ann!

Ann getting fancy in her skiis

Looking good, Josh!

Getting cold...

Nothing like skiing amongst the snow-covered pines of Itasca State Park! Cold but beautiful!

We enjoyed dinner at our new favorite restaurant, The Goodlife Cafe
Josh LOVED the fries

Ann loved her salad (and Josh's fries)!

We went to see "Little Fockers" at the quaint downtown theater along with half of the people having dinner at the restaurant with us! Date night in Park Rapids!

Ann had trouble getting out of our king size, pillow top bed.

Walking around downtown Park Rapids.

Back to the Goodlife Cafe for lunch! We loved the decor.

We both ordered the "Rachel." A delicious sandwich composed of turkey, cole slaw, swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. And a side of fries of course!

Our beautiful drive home. 

We had to document the massive snow piles back in Fargo.  This is one next to our apartment building.

Hi Josh!

Ann got stuck attempting to stand in front of the snow mountain in front of our apartment. 

The pile of fake snow that was shop-vacuumed off of the garland and kitchen cabinets! We couldn't be more thrilled to trash this fake, mess-making snow!

Get it, Josh!

That's all for now!

Love from Fargo,

Josh & Ann

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our New Blog!

We are very excited to be kicking off our new blog, Love From Fargo! With Jill's prompting and too many stories that need to be shared, we have decided to start this blog!

We thought what better way to begin than to share the "Top Ten" list of knowing that you live in Fargo (based solely on personal experience!!)

You know you live in Fargo when...

#10 Your grocery store options are Cash Wise, SunMart and Hornbachers
#9 Retail stores are packed with shoppers whether it be 65 degrees and sunny or -15 degrees with 10 foot snow drifts, ice covered roads and 20mph winds
#8 Your garage is clear of snow when you pull in for your lunch break and 30 minutes later there is an 8 inch snow drift blocking your garage
#7 When you leave a warm environment you instinctively start running towards your next destination
#6 Daily conversations include the next deep freeze and the impending spring flood
#5 Being a Fargoan doesn't mean being cold, it means installing an auto-start in your vehicle
#4 When approaching a stoplight, you find yourself praying for green lights as red lights usually mean sliding for 50 feet before coming to a stop
#3 You have a hard time forming your "Top Ten" list without mentioning snow
#2 Massive machines that you thought only existed in sci-fi movies come out at night to remove snow

And the #1 reason you know you live in Fargo is when:

The landscape which you once thought would remain flat and barren forever transforms to mountainous piles of snow and ice boulders as high as 2 story buildings everywhere you look 

We will be posting more adventures and pictures soon!

Love from Fargo,

Josh & Ann