Saturday, June 7 St. Paul, MN
Well, I have been persuaded by one-half of this partnership to continue periodic updates of the blog. We are spending the summer in St. Paul, with only periodic out-of-town journeys. Summer is a great time here and we need time to plan the fall journey to Canada and the Northeast. We hope to keep an active pace with morning exercise and afternoon or evening activities and errands.
By now, the ailment that slowed me down for activities in the Southwest (Trip 4) seems to be pretty much dissipated. Monday was rainy so we did the 5k at MOA (Mall of America). Tuesday and Wednesday were 4 mile hikes along the Sam Morgan Trail. Thursday was our first day biking, just an introductory journey along the trail in Crosby Park. Friday was a hike at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden-the bugs were bearable. Exercise-check.
Today we went to the Walker Art Center and saw their Edward Hopper special exhibit and managed to catch the 11:30 docent tour. Our initial plans were to catch the “Art in the Hollow” at Swede Hollow Park with Bernie but it was raining and plans are made to be changed. We stuck to part of our plan, however, and had lunch at Yarusso’s, an Eastside Italian eatery that is about 80 years old and we had never been there. Decent food and one more item checked off our to-do list.
Every day there are free music concerts at one or more parks. Wednesday we went to Minnehaha Park and met Sarah for a picnic dinner. The music was Latin/Afro pop but the musicians were a group of what appeared to be high school kids. We did not stay too long. Thursday, though, Minnesota Public Radio was hosting three choral groups and the performance was excellent. We took a neighbor with us and the three of us went over to watch the falls (second time for us, we stopped by Monday also after the MOA walk). The heavy rains for the last several weeks have filled the creek to overflowing and the falls are beautiful and making great background sounds while we listened to the concerts.
Thursday’s activity was a lunch and speech at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. This is a former federal building built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. My mother had been a long time volunteer here and I sat at a table with the former Landmark Volunteer Director and the former Executive Director. It was pleasant exchanging reminisces. I also made people jealous when they heard about our travel experiences.
Ed and Chris Saint Paul June 7 6:45 pm