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My wife & I took a rare trip without the kid. We'd planned on a family camping vacation to Copper Falls State Park for the three of us. When my mother in law suddenly arrived from California to stay for a while we realized we had a unique opportunity. Leaving Freja with her Oma for a few days so that just the two of us could escape together seemed just what we'd needed. After weeks of her traveling around the country for work and plenty of child related activities, plus just the busy day-to-day of the household, we'd drifted apart. I can't begin to tell you how excited we were to take this chance to relax and have fun with just the two of us. From the long, cross country drive with the Jeep's top down to relaxing around a quiet campground, on to canoeing, strolling along trails, and playing around with camera gear it was all simply perfect.
Where Loon Lake Gets Its Name
On our first morning there my wife had to get onto a conference call and work on a proposal as part of her job. While she was doing that I spent some time scouting out locations for us to do portrait sessions. I'd just added a number of new flashes to my toolkit and I was excited to experiment with them. Also it'd been a while since my wife & I had a photo session together where we just relax and play around a bit. I found a hidden little field of daisies with limited access to it. I could easily see where the light would be eventually hit it, and so we planned out a time to be there. Arriving just as the sun began to peak over the little field I quickly set up my equipment as she enjoyed a chance to sunbath while working on her company emails. I wish I could share the entire series as I perfected how I lit her figure, unfortunately (for you) they became quite provocative so only I will be able to see them.
When we had planned this trip it was specifically due to there being waterfalls. I have to admit though that the concept of seeing waterfalls as being something to do was sort of overshadowed by the simple fact that we were ALONE! It wasn't even on our radar to try and go see them as we were enjoying just being together. Alone. Just the two of us.
After a nice lunch in camp we thought we'd take a casual hike along the looping Doughboy Trail just to say we had seen a waterfall outside of our tent. I even left my camera gear in the car. Once we reached the very first vista I found myself jogging back to grab said gear. It turned into a very enjoyable stroll and while we did see a number of people on the trail it never felt crowded. In fact, it was a very romantic stroll.
Eastern View of Copper Falls from Doughboys Trail
No, I'm NOT Tarzan...
My Wife Relaxed & Happy
The Milky Way Over Loon Lake