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Lots of Travels – Late August and Early September 09

2009 September 9
by Isaac Peloquin

Well, it has been a long while since I have updated.  I fully intended to get things up on the site, but I have been busy lately.  So, there are two galleries in the update.  The first one is a short trip down to Red Wing, Minnesota.  The plan was to hop in the little Cessna 172 and take a trip to Red Wing to go rock climbing for the afternoon, but after some weather delays we just ended up with a short hike.  It was still a great trip and a great opportunity to see things in a new way.

The next gallery has three things in it.  It starts with one photo of the great Minnesota get together (AKA the Minnesota State Fair.)  This is the first time that Peter has ever been the the fair, and he loved it.  I, not surprisingly, also had a good time at the fair like every time I go.   The next few photos are from the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minnesota.  If you are a fan of cool engines, steam engines, saw mills, tractor pulls, trains, or threshing, you would enjoy this place.  There is so much to see and do, the pictures that I took don’t even start to do it justice.  At the end of the post is one of the steam powered shovels in action at the “Giant Sandbox.”  The gallery finishes up with a three day trip to Washington DC.  I have never been there, so it was a good opportunity.  Nate’s friend Matt offered to put us up and show us around town while we were there.  For all those that want to see a lot of photos, you are out of luck this time.  When I go back next I will take more.  It was a relaxing trip where I got to spend time with friends, see great sights, and eat some wonderful food.  Enjoy!


Daytrip to Chicago – July 2009

2009 August 1
by Isaac Peloquin

Chicago for the day?  Yep, I did it.  I had about 6 hours to see what I could see before I had to head back to the airport.  I think I saw a fair amount of stuff though.  I met someone else that was heading to Chicago for the day in Minneapolis, so we decided to hit it up together.

The first thing we started with was Navy Pier.  I am not big on the tourist-y things, but we checked it out anyway.  After wandering around town for a bit, we found Millennium Park.  What a wonderful place!  If I lived in Chicago, I am sure that I would spend a lot of time there.  We also went to the Art Institute of Chicago.  I only had about two and a half hours there, but it got my long lost taste for art going again.  You could easily spend a whole day there and not see everything.  There is something for everyone.

Chicago is a fun town, everyone should see it.  Check out a few photos.

New Site Up And Running…. Finally!

2009 July 7
by Isaac Peloquin

Hello everyone!

Please excuse my construction mess!

I have the site in mostly working order now, I think.  I am currently putting up all the back logged photos and stories that I have to share.  Make sure that you check some of the older posts until I make an update saying that anything new I put up won’t be from the past.  It might take a while, I have had a lot of trips this year, and continue to photograph almost everywhere I go.  Enjoy!


San Fransisco – June 2009

2009 June 10
by Isaac Peloquin

Two days in San Fran just is not enough.  The days were packed with fun though!  I was invited by my friend Nate and his sister Anna, who lives in Oakland.  We spent a lot of time seeing things.  We started off the fun with a trip to Pier 31, which is more or less the more tourist part of town.  We ate and went to a 4-D movie. A 4-D MOVIE!  After that we went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, and the wax museum, both were weird places.

Day two was mostly Alcatraz, which was amazing.  While waiting in line Nate, Anna and I made a friend from Australia, Her name is Pilippa, she was fun to hang out with.  I love structures like this one.  They have a phenomenal audio tour. After Alcatraz a couple of Anna’s friends picked us up and we hung out at their place.  After all that fun, we ate and I took the BART back to the airport and took the red eye back home for work the next day.  I arrived at 10:30 AM into Fargo, went home showered and ate and went right back to work for 14 hours after that.  Check out the photos of San Fran below.

Amsterdam and Northern Germany – May 2009

2009 June 4
by Isaac Peloquin

This trip was really my first time out of the country (Canada and border town Mexico don’t really count) and it was really a whole new world for me.  I didn’t know what to expect of the different countries, the food, the people, the transportation, everything.  I was pleasantly surprised at everything.  It takes a few days to get your bearings, but after that, there are many sights to see.

The first day was really almost two days.  I flew standby on a flight direct from Minneapolis, and my mom and sister took a flight through Chicago.  They left 4-5 hours before I did, but I beat them there by an hour. After arriving around 6:00 AM, we took a train from the airport to the central train station in Amsterdam.  We tried to get some tourist information after getting off the train, but they didn’t open until 9:00 AM. After finding a place to eat breakfast, we went back to the tourist information center and waited in line for a long time to get some information.  Shortly after that we took a canal tour of Amsterdam.  During the tour I think I fell asleep several times because I did not sleep on the plane at all.  We also saw the Van Gogh exhibit at the Van Gogh Museum, got lost several times on the tram,  and saw the Anne Frank House that first day.  After the long day we went to Shelter Jordan Christian Hostel to get a good nights sleep.

On day two, we ate hot breakfast at Shelter Jordan, saw the Rijksmuseum which features Dutch history in the 17th century through paintings, metalwork, and many other means. We got lost on the trams several times, left items on the tram and luckily tracked them down, picked up the rental car and made our way to Hamburg, Germany.

Day three was spent driving to Bremerhaven, Germany to do some sightseeing, and to try to find some things that my grandpa would recognize.  My grandpa was stationed on Bremerhaven during WWII.  As we found with most of the German cities that we visited, there is very little left that is as old as WWII or older.  After visiting Bremerhaven, we made our way to Stade, Germany to stay the night.

On day four, we went to see a castle in Baderska, but we didn’t get muchout of it because none of us spoke or read German very well.  After that we went back to Stade and found an Internet cafe to catch up on some e-mail and to let family know that we are doing well.  The rest of the night included seeing the sights in Stade, including the German version of Wal-Mart.

On the 23rd, we made our way back to Hamburg and spent the day seeing some of the sights.  We spent some time at Landungsbruken, went to the tower of St. Michaels church, and went on a double decker bus tour of Hamburg.

On the 24th, my mom and my sister left me in Hamburg and made their way to Coppenhagen.  I started my day off with going to the Deichtorhallen, where I found someone to hang out with that had similar interests.  We couldn’t get into the museum, so we decied to sit and have some coffee and tea at the shop.  I had an iced tea with ice!  It is a hard thing to find over there. At the Haus der Photographie, there was an exhibit of Herbert Tobias and Wolfgang Zurborn.  I enjoyed looking at all the photos from these photographers.  We also had lunch, went up in the tower of the ruined church St. Nicolai,  and went on a canal tour.

The 25th was my relax day.  I slept in and then found a park to read at in the wonderful weather, ate lunch, found Elb park to read at and enjoy the nature that was around me, saw the World Press Photo exhibit (the top press photographers in the world presenting what they took), met the friend I made at Miniatur Wunderland, and had crepes for supper on the canal.  After that I grabbed my things and made my way back to the bus station to take an overnight bus ride back to Amsterdam.  The night was full of crazy storms and not much sleep.

I arrived on the 26th, took the train to the Central station, ditched my luggage in a locker and saw the NY Perspectives photography exhibit.  The exhibit was about Amsterdam amd how it was discovered by New York photographers.  After that I made my way back to the airport only to find that the weather had messed things up, and there were no seats available.  I waited in the gate are and there were two people that didn’t show up, so me and another lady made it home.

Check out the photos below.  They are only a small glimse of what I saw, but it is a start.  Enjoy.