Invigorate – Gold Medal Park (Minneapolis | MN)

Hello again!

For awhile, I was hesitant about whether or not to continue this project. I started it last year on a whim, just to see what I could accomplish after a year of blogging. I was content with the results that I achieved, but at the same time, part of me expected more. Regardless, I’m completely proud of all of the work that I put into this so far, which is why I decided to keep going indefinitely and see where this goes.

I’m a bit ashamed that it’s taken me this long to compose my first post for 2018, but at the same time, it was nice to have the break. A lot of other things have been happening in my life since my last entry. Really big things. Without going into too much detail, I have to say that I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been, as far back as I can remember. While life isn’t nearly perfect…yet, it’s going well, and that amazes me.

Anyways, onto the good stuff!

Part of this project has travel blogging aspects and has gotten me to go exploring. It’s been months since I’ve posted such content, so I’m excited to be back at it!

I went to Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis because there are nice views of the city. It’s located next to the Gutherie Theater with many other intriguing places in the vicinity. In the warmer months, the Mill City Farmers Market is hosted there. There are some indoor dates as well for the cold season, but I have yet to see what the indoor winter market is like.


It seems like I’m increasing more impressed by buildings as time goes by. (Maybe it stems from watching an overload of “house porn” on HGTV with my mom back when we lived together.) I had to take some time to admire the modern, sleek look of the nearby apartments. The contrast of colors makes it even more pleasing to the eye.


There weren’t many people around, since I went during standard work hours on a weekday afternoon, but it was peaceful and I think I was able to enjoy the park more without a lot of distractions.


The Gutherie has an observation deck that can be seen in some of the photos above. I hope to go there sometime and experience what that’s like. I heard it can be a little daunting for those who are afraid of heights, but either way, I think it would be exciting to be up there.

If you go to the west side of the theater, there is a nice view of the Saint Anthony Main area, across the Mississippi River, and the Stone Arch Bridge that leads there.


This winter has been a bit scattered when it comes to snow. It snowed a lot the week that I went here. While the weather was annoying and frustrating, you can’t deny that it’s pretty to look at. It definitely added a decorative element to the bare limbs of the trees. (Although it would be nice to revisit the park when it’s warmer and the trees are bursting with leaves. Unintentional rhyme. Ha!)


Of course, I had to admire more of the architecture as I wandered in the park. There’s something addicting about the repetitive nature of the glass combined with variations of spacing between walls and beams in the structures.


More views from the west side of the Gutherie, in the Gold Medal Park side.


I’ve said it before, but I always enjoy the energy of being in populated cities. Taking a mini field trip downtown was a great way for me to get inspired and start taking pictures again with my DSLR. I hope to spend more time in the area soon because there are a lot of cool places that I want to photograph.


Random fact: I recently found out that U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Super Bowl was hosted, is supposed to be shaped like a Viking ship. It’s so obvious, however, I never realized it! I’m so glad that all of the football activity is over though. That was…something.


Here’s a bonus picture of two dogs and their owners. I really love this random interaction. I was trying to be sneaky about taking photos of the dogs and this unintentionally ended up being one of my favorite photos of the day. There’s a funny element about the snow flying up around the dog on the left mixed with the reaction on right. So much excitement (or anxiety)!


Gold Medal Park

Second Street and 11th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

3 thoughts on “Invigorate – Gold Medal Park (Minneapolis | MN)

  1. I am in love with these photographs! I drive by these locations all the time, but seeing them presented in these dynamic angles/frames gives me a newfound appreciation for their beauty and value. I’ve found a lot to value about the city, but I’ll confess that architecture has not been on my list until now. I am so glad you’ve decided to continue exploring and blogging about your experiences, and I can’t wait to see what else you discover!


  2. I am in love with these photographs! I drive by these spots all the time, but seeing them presented in such dynamic frames and angles gives me a newfound appreciation for their beauty. I’ve recently taken to exploring the city more for myself as well. I’ve found much to value that I hadn’t previously, but I’ll confess architecture hadn’t been on my list until now. Thanks for sharing your experiences and continuing your exploration!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Katie. (I got your name from clicking on your profile. Please don’t be freaked out. Haha.) What you said resonated with me a lot. It often crosses my mind how things look so different in photos. It makes you rethink how we take for granted the beauty of our everyday surroundings. I’m glad that I’ve sparked your interest in architecture! It’s truly fascinating how buildings can have so much variation, but still serve a uniform, basic function. I hope you have fun exploring! There’s something very refreshing about being a tourist in your hometown.


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