Friday, May 30, 2014
I've always wanted to walk to work but have never had the right set of circumstances to make it happen. A number of factors converged on Friday to give me the confidence to give it a go. This is not a particularly risky venture since I always know I can hop on a bus to get to my destination. Since I had a scheduled meeting with my manager at 8:30 AM, I did need to be more aware of the time than I normally am on long walks with Scott.
I started my walk on the Grand Round Trails along the Minnehaha Creek. What a gorgeous way to start the day. It was early enough that only a few runners and bikers were around. The air smelled sweet and felt warm but not sticky. The birds were singing and the water was rushing since the Creek's water level has been high. In that moment, I felt extremely grateful to live in such a beautiful city with easy access to nature.
I didn't stop to take many photos on this walk because of the time pressure. I walk along Minnehaha Creek at least once a week so I am not as compelled to take photos. I do find it hard to pass the rabbit sculpture, "Cottontail on the Trail" by Jeff Barber without snapping a pic. As I neared Cedar Avenue, I knew I needed to exit the trail and start heading north. I picked 16th Avenue because it wasn't busy and it's a street I've likely never walked along for any great distance. I love looking at homes and discovering similarities and differences across Minneapolis neighborhoods. Again, I didn't take many photos for time but there are some lovely homes along this street.
As I neared E 24th Street, more and more people were out. A lot of parents walking their kids to the bus stop. One of the cutest things I saw was a dad walking with his toddler son as he was learning to walk while his daughter followed slowly behind so she could blow seeds off dandelions.
As soon as I reached Franklin Avenue, I knew I'd make it to work without taking the bus. I stopped by the Augsburg College Community Garden which is near the University of Minnesota West Bank campus. Oddly enough the most frustrating part of my walk was across the street from Carlson School of Management because the traffic light on Riverside Avenue favors cars so I crossed 20th Avenue twice.
It was fulfilling to cross the Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River and know that I accomplished what I've wanted to do for so long. I know I'll walk to work again and hope to try different routes.
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