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.
The first Open Streets Minneapolis event of the year stretched from Broadway Avenue to 42nd Avenue along Girard and Humboldt Avenues. I ran into a couple of the people I met while volunteering for Open Streets a couple of years ago. So many great people are behind this impressive event series and its fun to see them every year.
One of the goals of this first event was to showcase a proposed North Minneapolis Greenway. It is in the conceptual stage but it would be an incredible asset for the neighborhood and I fully support the goal of creating more healthy green spaces across the city since there is an obvious difference between south and north Minneapolis. Everyone should walk (or bike) throughout the city to witness first hand the discrepancy.
After we reached the end of Open Streets, we were in need of a food/air conditioning break. I was having flashbacks to the last time we were near Victory 44 for a walk and wanted to avoid getting sun sick. I was charging my phone so didn't take any photos of the restaurant and our food but Scott gave it high praise: " this food is exceptional". He had a fancy waffle with strawberries and whipped cream and washed them down with two pints of Lucid Foto IPA. I had the pimento grilled cheese with side salad and a caramel latte. YUM! After our break, we headed toward Webber Parkway which connects up with Saint Anthony Parkway.
Even though we knew we'd eventually be sidelined by a rainstorm, I was a bit bummed when it actually started running. We paused under a small shelter at Webber Park and waited for the first wave to pass. We then walked along Webber Parkway and had plans of walking back to Saint Anthony Main but the second wave came in while we were by the Mississippi River. As an aside, walking from Webber Park and then along Shingle Creek to the Mississippi River is one of my favorite discoveries this summer. We first did this in April on Walk #5: St. Anthony Pkwy, Victory Memorial Drive, and Theodore Wirth Pkwy. I want to return often to watch the impressive Webber Park Swimming Pond project unfold.
We knew we were not going to make it back to our car without getting caught in a storm so we took a bus to downtown Minneapolis. We then walked from 7th Street and Nicollet Mall back to the Mississippi River and crossed via the Stone Arch Bridge. It started raining as we reached the other side. We ducked into Aster Cafe and treated ourselves to drinks (my first Pimm's Cup!) and appetizers (housemade guacamole and pear prosciutto flatbread) while watching the torrential rain and lightning. It was entertaining to watch the Segway tourists and wedding parties deal with the rain from our dry, window seats. A superb end to the day!
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