Photo Friday: Presque Isle

I went to Erie for a visit two weeks ago. I decided I would take pictures at Presque Isle on Sunday morning for my Happy Fun Time. I awoke to the sound of rain. Dave, Chuck, and I went anyway, and by the time we parked the car, the rain had stopped. But the sky was grey and unappealing and the light was horrible. Of course, once we’d given up on the picture taking, the afternoon sky cleared to a bright blue with huge fluffy clouds.

Eureka! “We’ll go back to the beach at sunset,” I proclaimed. The fluffy clouds would make for an awesome sunset, photo gold! Except for the enormous cloud that parked itself right on the horizon, mostly blocking the sun. I also hadn’t realized how badly my camera needed to be cleaned either until I saw these pictures. I didn’t even bother to Photoshop the dust spots out, because I hate Photoshop, because I’m trying to recover from perfectionism, and because you might as well share in my disappointment. Here’s the best sunset shot.


I love running on the trail at Presque Isle. On this trip, I was able to fit in two runs. The second was on my birthday, so I decided to run a tenth of a mile for each year of my life. I guess the disappointment of the earlier photo shoot made me throw the camera in the car, just in case. I usually run on the bay side, but ended up on the lake side for a short time and saw this.


When Erie pulls shit like this, it makes me wish I lived there. After my runs, I try to make time to check out the lake. I always linger a little longer when I know I won’t be back for awhile. So after I took this picture, I climbed up that slope of sand and stood and stared at the water like I always do. And I said goodbye for now like I always do. And I might have shed a tear like I always do. And I laughed at myself while walking back to the car like I always do.

Damn it, Erie. Why do you have to be so charming right as I’m about to leave?

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8 Responses to “Photo Friday: Presque Isle”

  1. Kristen Tarajos
    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Great post today! Thank you for reminding me why I should go back to Erie from time to time!

    • logyexpress
      Friday, September 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks, Kristen! When I visit, I always think I want to move back, but I know after a couple of weeks I’d go insane. If you ever get back, let me know and I can try to coordinate!

  2. Erin
    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Love the photo. Molly, Owen, Cedar and I went 4th of July weekend and the mayflies were so bad they chased us off the beach. It was gross. I had never experienced that there before. So, there’s a little reality check for you :)

    • logyexpress
      Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      Yuck! There weren’t a lot of bugs during our visit, but I did decide not to mention the icky detritus on the beach, like fish carcasses and tampon applicators, etc… Sort of detracted from the little tale I was trying to weave!

  3. Theresa
    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    OMG GIRL! You just made me laugh! And that last paragraph- well that done there be a country song! you could call it “Like I Always Do.”

    great post.

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks, Theresa! I could add that country song to my personal favorite…”I Love My Truck!”

  4. julie
    Monday, September 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    beautiful pics! What a place to visit.

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