Changing Seasons: February

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I am participating in Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons photography challenge.

The challenge is to find one picture that best represents that month.

The highlight of this month for me was a weekend getaway my husband and I took to the Outing Lodge.  (See here for more photos.)   We stayed on Valentine’s Day weekend, and the trip included a lavish Valentine’s Day dinner at the lodge, followed by tango lessons.  This photo serves as my souvenir of that evening.

How was your February?

 

Into the Amazon

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Jacqueline leaned on the rail and stared at the wake left by the riverboat as it snaked down the Amazon towards Tabatinga. She slapped the mosquito feasting on her forearm. It secreted blood.  Her blood.

This cruise was Daniel’s idea.  He thought it would bring them closer.  The beads of sweat dripped down her back.  So hot.  She had trouble breathing.  Daniel had barely left her side since they’d boarded the boat.  He still didn’t trust her even though it had been a year. At night, as they lay in their hammocks, he clasped her hand and would not let go.  She rarely slept.

She noticed that the muddy froth of the wake was shaped like a V: like a flock of geese, flying to freedom.  She climbed over the rail.  She stood still and breathed.  Then she dove into the river.  She let the Amazon swallow her up.

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Outing Lodge in Stillwater

I recently spent a weekend with my husband at the Outing Lodge, a few miles outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.  The Outing started in the 19th century as a poor house, then was transformed into a nursing home, and is now a bed and breakfast lodge.  The location feels secluded because it is set in the middle of a large park.  It is a popular location for weddings, especially in the summer when the gardens are in bloom.  Once a month or so, the lodge hosts special, themed dinners.  We were there for the Valentine’s dinner followed by tango lessons (!).  One of the owners is an artist, and she hosts paint classes occasionally as well.   The rooms vary and each is based on an different person.  Ours was the Picasso Room and was pleasant and  roomy.

I highly recommend the Outing Lodge as a good weekend retreat, especially if you include one of their themed dinners.