Saturday, June 21, 2014
It was a gorgeous first day of summer so we did what we love most and hit the Minneapolis trails.
We started at the Bryant Avenue pedestrian bridge/Minnehaha Creek. Flooding detoured us away from the Grand Rounds Trail so we walked along the parkways on sidewalks. Instead of continuing around Lake Harriet, we went through Lyndale Park and Rose Gardens.
We continued north along Dupont Avenue and then west on 36th Street to Lake Calhoun. We joined the trail and walked by the beaches and playgrounds. I love people watching at Lake Calhoun - a feast for the eyes! When we reached Tin Fish, we both agreed it was time for a rest in the adirondack chairs. Even though Scott said he could sit there all day, we carried on with our walk after a drink and nibbles. We were going to walk under the bridge to Lake of the Isles but the flood kept us walking along the northern edge of Lake Calhoun.
We exited the trail and walked through the parking lot of the Lake Calhoun Center (3033 Excelsior Blvd) where we signed the papers for our current home. I love the mural by Leon Hushcha and am glad it was moved out of storage. Public art is truly a gift.
We cut over to the Cedar Lake by going through the Calhoun Village parking lot. The entrance to the Midtown Greenway is behind Punch Pizza and by turning left (west), you'll connect with the Cedar Lake and by turning right (east) you can continue on the Greenway to Uptown. We don't walk around Cedar Lake very often and my favorite part was seeing some huge fish. I typically see people catching small species so I had no idea that fish of that size existed in the city lakes. Now I will never go lake swimming! After going around Cedar Lake (I believe the trail is Grand Rounds), you connect up with Cedar Lake Trail which takes you along I-394 and into downtown Minneapolis. I enjoy the wide open view of the prairie restoration. It will be interesting to see how this area changes when (if?) the southwest light rail line is developed (I've lost track where this project is because of a lot of drama).
We reached Target Field and realized the Twins were playing the Chicago White Sox. It was fun to walk by and hear the crowd cheer. The trail takes you past where VIPs and/or team members park (lots of luxury cars). It was the perfect time to stop off at Fulton Brewery for break number two since baseball fans like to hang out there on game day. I was hoping they'd have at least one food truck on site and we arrived to find three: Cafe Racer, MidNord Empanada, and Lulu's Street Food. Scott had a couple of beers and I had a citrus ginger ale. We both chose Cafe Racer for lunch - Scott had pulled pork, rice and plantains and I had roasted vegetables, carrot soufflé and plantains.
We left Fulton and decided to walk along the Green Line to the University of Minnesota. I really want to walk the length of the line from Target Field to Union Station but we had already walked 10+ miles and I knew I didn't have another 10 in me. In fact, judging by how few photos I took on this leg of our journey, I'm guessing we should have called it a day after Fulton. I ended up getting sun sick like I did after walk #5 in April.
After walking to the Stadium Village station, we hopped on the Metro Green Line and got off at the East Bank Station where we transferred to the Blue Line and took that to the Lake Street Station. From there, we walked to the nearest Car2Go so we could drive home. Even though I got sick, I had a great first day of summer with Scott and once again fell more in love with Minneapolis.
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