On Sunday, April 26, we walked the perimeter of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System which has more than 51 miles of walking and biking trails.
In order to create a loop, we had to skip the downtown riverfront section and we only went by the edge of the lakes instead of going around each of them (that would have been insane!...oh man...now want to try it!).
A large section of the eastern side of the loop is currently unofficially part of the Grand Rounds because of the "missing link" which is thankfully under construction now (we even walked by the "under construction" signs).
Route on Strava
To complete the loop, you just walk on the trails/sidewalks along parkways (listed in the order we did them):
Tip: Get a map
Although there are map kiosks along the trail, I found it helpful to have the pocket sized trail map with me.
I picked mine up at Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board office:
2117 West River Road
Or, you can call 612-230-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll send you one.
IMHO, I think these should be made available at our libraries.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It was a gorgeous first day of summer so we did what we love most and hit the Minneapolis trails.
Monday, June 16, 2014
I miss many aspects of my former blog, Minneapolis 81 but what I miss most is that the project led me to parts of the city I hadn't explored. To get a bit of that back, I've decided to visit all of the parks listed on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website. For two years in a row, Minneapolis has been rated #1 by the Trust for Public Land. This is my way of celebrating and supporting one of the top things I love about living and working in the City of Lakes.
East River Flats Park is steps away from my office. Some U of M employees know it simply as a cheap place to park. However, it's also a great place to take a walk or bring your lunch. Down by the Mississippi River, what this park lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in large open, green space for games or gatherings.
The University of Minnesota Boathouse is located here and if you arrive at the right time, you'll catch the rowing team practice. I love the building design and wish I could work there! Just look at the patio!
Have you been to East River Flats Park?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
As soon as I set my mind on a goal, I'm am typically pretty determined. That is especially the case with walking goals. I mentioned to a few people that I wanted to walk more than 60,000 steps in a day since David Sedaris referenced that number as his FitBit accomplishment in an interview. All of the conditions needed for me to attempt such a long walk were in place on Sunday - reasonable temperatures, partly sunny/cloudy, an eager walking partner in Scott, and an event stretching twenty blocks of Lyndale Avenue (Open Streets) to get us off to a great start.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Even though the chance of rain was quite high, the morning and early afternoon were lovely so we decided to proceed with our plan to walk the Open Streets route. I knew we wouldn't make it if we started at our home so we drove to Saint Anthony Main for our starting point.
The Open Streets event was great and afterwards we ate lunch at Victory 44, took a bus downtown, walked across the Stone Arch Bridge and barely missed torrential rains by ducking into Aster Cafe for a drink and appetizers.
Inspiration & Goals
The Nivens Family