Walk location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Starting at Lyndale Avenue South & West Minnehaha Parkway, we walked east on the Grand Rounds trail. At 5th Avenue South, we walked north on 5th Avenue South until 31st Street East. Then we zig zagged our way to Park Avenue and stopped at FIKA Cafe at the American Swedish Institute for lunch.
We continued on Park Avenue until we reached the Grand Rounds Trail at West River Parkway near the Mill City Museum where we made a pit stop.
We headed east on the trail and at 13th Avenue South, we cut over to the Dinkytown Trail and crossed over Northern Pacific Bridge Number 9.
We walked along East River Parkway to the Mayo Memorial Building and then crossed the Washington Avenue bridge to the West Bank campus where I had a streets.mn meeting in Blegen Hall.
Caught our eye along the way
I love looking at all of the different house styles when I'm on my walks.
Warmer temperatures mean more dogs in yards which makes Scott a happy walker.
I was curious about the Purity Bakery Building so when I got home I hit up Google for some background info. I didn't find much but came across a variance application which gave a brief summary of it's past, present, and future: "The subject property is approximately 1 acre and was originally built as the Purity Bakery Building, was constructed in 1919 and operated as a commercial bakery. Since the bakery left the building, it has been renovated into a mixed use building. Some of the uses include art studios, minor automobile repair, light manufacturing, bicycle repair, offices and 6 residential dwellings. The applicant is proposing to allow for metalworking accessory to their existing art studio, Van Madrone Metalworks." (VanMadrone Metalworks is the subject of this 2012 Minnesota Public Radio interview).
On the corner of East 31st Street and Portland Avenue South, you'll find a home that exudes personality. The first thing that caught my eye was the mobile ferris wheel like structure parked in the driveway. The front yard also had plenty of found object sculptures. I'd love to know more about this home and its owner. I'm also hoping that ferris wheel like structure is used in the annual MayDay parade - something like this structure.
We made our third annual walk (pilgrimage seems both appropriate and somehow sacrilege) to get a semla bun. These cardamom buns filled with whipped cream and marzipan are only available during Lent (though this Swedish culture website reports that the start of their availability gets earlier every year). Here's our semla walk recaps for 2014 and 2015 (not successful but I returned at a later date to get my fix).
I've walked along this section of Park Avenue a few times and yet this was the first time I've ever noticed 1616 Park Avenue South. Its curved concrete and large rounded windows have me curious for more information on the building which I can't find. Surprising since my twitter pal Jason Wittenberg informed me of it's star appearance in the 2009 film, A Serious Man (confirmed by this c.j. column). Fast forward a few hours after this exchange and I was watching another Cohen Brothers film, Hail, Caesar! Of course now I want to watch or rewatch all of their films.
When you've got to go, you've got to go. The next time I'm in desperate need of a restroom and my only option is a port-a-potty, I'll remember that at least I'm safely on the ground. The construction crew fixing the leaking roof of the new Vikings Stadium have the most precarious restroom situation I've ever seen - a port-a-potty that is strapped down on the slanted roof. My dad would be proud of this tweet I crafted after making the observation.
I would be a terrible street photographer. I have a real talent for making it look like people do not inhabit the places I'm visiting. I managed to capture three people walking on campus but I assure you, it was buzzing with energy: lots of pick-up football games, skateboarding, and the usual college campus antics.
As I write this recap 24 hours later, I'm reminded that winter is not over. Today was cold and dreary with some rain/snow mix to ensure that we don't put our down coats away just yet. I'm just thankful we had a little taste of spring to hold us over for a bit longer.
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