Posts tagged outdoors
Monday at The Masters

There's probably no other sporting event that creates the amount of side hustle we see in Augusta during Masters Week. People will rent their houses and take a week of vacation off of work to cash in on a part time job cleaning houses, chauffeuring patrons, setting up chairs, catering, and a million other hospitality-related tasks that you might be able to imagine. Despite the traffic, the hope of attending the tournament and the excitement surrounding the influx of tourists brings everyone in Augusta together for one incredible week each year. 

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Brick Pond Park

The Brick Pond Park in downtown North Augusta, South Carolina is a 40 acre restored wetlands that was developed to improve the environment through storm water treatment. The wetlands naturally filter and remove pollutants that travel through storm water runoff. Today the park is an oasis for native species and wildlife, making it a hot spot for local photographers.

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Max Patch on Film

I was anxious to login to our account and see how everything turned out. Like I mentioned in last week's weekend link roundup, we tried to follow some tips from the Plant Based Traveler and a video tutorial from the 1980s demonstrating the Nikon FG manual that I found online. Based off of that video, I knew that I wanted to ease back into film by shooting in Aperture Priority mode since I didn't anticipate taking any action shots where I'd need too much creative control over the shutter speed. I also challenged myself to shoot a whole roll just on Max Patch. I wanted to isolate as many variables as possible for this roll.

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Kanuga

It's hard to describe how Kanuga makes me feel. It's a home away from home year after year. It's the only place I've ever been where I don't feel 100% tied down to my phone (i.e. no answering work emails after hours) and what's going on at home. It is also the only place where I don't have to worry about locking the doors. If you're looking for a realxing, all-inclusive spot to book a trip or conference, check it out! Despite Alex's misguided feelings on the "stale bread", I keep coming back for the toast.

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Max Patch

I was surprised by how few people were up at Max Patch during our hike. There were a few people leaving when we arrived and we were alone for the majority of our stay. There was only one other couple walking around while we were up on the bald but they were keeping to the other side. Because it snowed the night before, the trail was muddy and slippery. We trekked our way up carefully, trying to avoid the mud as much as possible. If you want to feel really out of shape, go take a hike! I kept stopping on the way up (because I'm wimpy) but each time we stopped it was a chance to take in a new view so in the end it was totally worth it to ascend the mountain slowly.

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Papa Joe's Banjobque

Friday night we headed over to the Evans Towne Center Park for the 2016 Papa Joe's Banjobque. We've been going inconsistently for quite a while now. I can remember back in the day when it was held at the Hippodrome in North Augusta. It's definitely gotten bigger and better since then! Since Alex works this Memorial Day weekend and we couldn't take an overnight trip out of town, we decided really last minute to go to the festival. We were anxious to see Blitzen Trapper, a band that's been on repeat on our stereo for years.

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