Big Island on Lake Minnetonka: a little photo adventure with friends

If you’re familiar with Excelsior, Minnesota–my hometown–then you’ve certainly heard of Lake Minnetonka and its Big Island. A string of party boats can be seen on the island’s north shore all summer long. There’s music & dancing, water volleyball & beer, and one huge, seemingly non-stop summer party in the waters a few feet beyond Big Island’s shoreline.

But the Island itself is a whole different story.

Thanks to a favorite childhood friend, one of the lucky few who lives on the Big Island, a few of us (including the fantastic Gary, in town from Scotland) were able to spend the day exploring what used to be the famous Big Island Amusement Park. It’s a place with a lot of strange exciting energy, lovely long hikes, and a few wild deer.

We had a bunch of silly fun.

02 Sweet Tooth

Lake Minnetonka photographyBoat controlsAaron Paul and Gary on the boat on Lake Minnetonka with blue skyKeep out sign on Big IslandAaron walkingPaul and Garysun and treesA tree grows sidewaysWalking with rainbow lens flareLake Minnetonka shoreline and wavesThe crew on Big IslandHamm's BeerAaron with boats and lake minnetonka in the backgroundGary laugingBig IslandLake MinnetoankaaaronaaronBig Island plantsLibby's portraitA reflection of trees in Lake Minnetonka from the dockDock and swampLibby and Gary pose for the camerasky and treeLibby's awesome sunglasses reflection of the group on Big Island with the lakepark signexploring an abandoned househouse on big islandTee PeeBig Island Tee PeeA drink glass from touring Germany JazzhausGary plays piano and paul jennings and their iphones on Big IslandAaron walks around through big islandclothes line on Big Islandsundial with Minnetonka engravingA table outsideSunsetweights at sunsetaaron carries drop clothMaynard's table signdeer food and feetAaron and wolf shirtBis Island and Uff Da signGary mixes a drink Mount Gay Rum & SpritebirdfeederDeer looks up at camera while grazingDeer graze on the Big Island Lake MinnetonkaLibby finds and old magazinecurvy women pose in a magazineuff da and Hamm's beerGary takes a photograph of the strange man on the roofParking sign and canoes for Norweigans onlyLake Minnetonka anchored sailboatPaul lights a cigar on the boatLibby on the boatgeese in Lake MinnetonkaDocks to Bayview and Bayside in ExcelsiorPaul Jennings on the boatGary laugingLake Minnetonka's famous Minnehaha Steamergary watches a flock of Geese near Maynard's in ExcelsiorThe view from the back of the boat on Lake Minnetonka

Music: “Sweet Tooth” by The Forest Fires

2 comments
  • MJ and the All StarZSeptember 23, 2012 - 9:20 am

    WHAT A GREAT SHOOT……….Looks like stills from a Cult Movie..

    Reckon theres a storyboard in amongst all these…….

    Beautiful Place……..You LUCKY PEOPLE…….XXXXReplyCancel

  • Gareh playz pianah.September 24, 2012 - 9:19 am

    I’ve only JUST managed to look through these, I had so much fun looking through them and enjoying that catchy little song! There was a few that made me laugh out loud.
    This day was THEE highlight of my 2012 trip to Amurikah… I wish we could do it all again.
    You and Paul were the most awesome hosts. I miss you guys loads, especially after these photos.ReplyCancel