Saturday, June 28, 2014
Today was Scott and my third attempt to walk the entire length of the Metro Green Line. The first attempt was during the Grand Opening celebration and we were rained out. The second attempt was last week during our summer solstice walk which was after 12 miles of walking in the intense sun and I called it quits at Stadium Village.
Today, we drove to the start of the line and parked about four blocks west of Target Field with the plan of completing as much of the route as possible before the pending storm hit. Thankfully, the storm held out for us and we successfully walked from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.
If you're interested in replicating this walk and you need to drive to the starting point, I recommend parking approximately four blocks west of Target Field LRT station on 5th Street because it is free.
Minneapolis: Cedar Riverside / U of M / Prospect Park
I love finding out the meaning behind things that catch my eye on walks. The sticker on the crossing arm is for the North American Cycle Courier Championship taking place in Minneapolis August 28 - September 4, 2014. The website is a gem. I love the heading "Shit's getting real!" and wonder how that may help the appeal of U of M websites.
On Walk #18: St. Paul, we walked through the Midway-Hamline and Frogtown neighborhoods via Thomas Avenue which is a a few blocks north of University Avenue. Check out that post for more ideas on what you can do if you take the Green Line to explore Saint Paul.
Around Raymond Avenue station, the sidewalks are stamped with "Creative Enterprise Zone" which has a vision to "Be a livable, mixed-use neighborhood, recognized and sustained as a center of enterprise and creativity. Part of this vision is already in place and must be preserved. Other elements need to be fostered."
Saint Paul: Hamline-Midway
If you've read my past blog posts, you know I love public art. When I spotted the mural of animals on the side of a building, I knew it was Broken Crow. But, I didn't know it was a series of four murals called the Bigger Picture Project (watch the video!).
We stopped at Ax-Man Surplus to browse and get inspired. My favorite find was a huge Bobbleheadesque statue of Jesus with a necklace that says Be EZ on Jeezy.
Saint Paul: Thomas-Dale (Frogtown)
Saint Paul: Downtown
When we reached Union Depot, we scanned our GoTo cards and were ready to take the train back to Target Field. It started raining when we boarded the bus - unbelievable timing!
Inspiration & Goals
The Nivens Family