The Blue Earth Giant

The Blue Earth Giant

I decided to venture out into the countryside away from the bright lights of the big city. Where would I go? No question, off to Blue Earth to see the Jolly Green Giant!

When they completed the transcontinental railroad, they drove a golden spike to celebrate the joining of the two lines. But in the modern era, when interstate 90 met in southern Minnesota, they celebrated by building a statue of the Jolly Green Giant. Go figure.

Spike Cairn

Spike Cairn

I found this awesome public art piece along the Kenilworth Bike Trail. Not sure if I can call it a Cairn, but Railroad Spike Jenga doesn’t really sound right. What’s a Cairn? I wrote a big article about cairns a while ago that strangely gets a lot of traffic, like always second to the home page in traffic.

Locomotive Lifter

Locomotive Lifter

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted the sadly derailed train car along the North Cedar Lake Regional trail? I am happy to report that all is well, the car is back on the tracks and this is one of the cool machines they used to put it back where it belongs. I was able to have a conversation with some of the crew and found out that these are the machines that they use to lift anything that’s off track, including locomotives! They pull up along side of what they are going to lift, the crane on the left is what they hook on to the lift and the thing on the right of the machine is a huge counterweight. They pick it up and just drive it to where it goes, just look at those treads! Locomotives weigh upwards of 350,000 pounds, so it needs to be pretty stout.

North Cedar Lake Regional Trail

North Cedar Lake Regional Trail

The North Cedar Lake Regional Trail runs just south of I-394. This trail offers a wide variety of perks, wildflowers, sunshine, smooth trails and best of all: trains — lots and lots of trains.

View up the Greenway from Uptown

View of the Greenway from Uptown

Looking east from above Uptown, you can see almost every avenue in Minneapolis from Hennepin to Minnehaha has it’s very own bridge that goes over the Greenway. It’s a very unique trail to check out, next time you are in Uptown, take a look or bring your bike and check it out. You can bike all the way to the Mississippi River on the Greenway trail. You’ll enjoy it!

Bike Trail Wildflowers

Wildflowers Love the Rain

I love this time of year and these are a few of my favorite wildflowers. I took this photo along the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail, that’s the bike trail that runs parallel to I-394. Do you know what any of these flowers are? I’d love to know, please tell me in the comments below. Thanks!

Minneapolis Light Rail Green Line Route

Minneapolis Light Rail Green Line Route

This is the bike trail, known as the Kenilworth corridor, that is playing a featured role in the current debate over the Green Line Light Rail expansion. The most recent decision is to not tunnel under this path, but to run a noisy commuter train with overhead wires down this peaceful, quiet bike corridor in the city so that people can go to Eden Prairie. Another victory for the unelected Metropolitan Council.

Ducklings & Momma

Ducklings & Momma

Found someone who’s happy with the highwater…

Lake Calhoun Bike Tunnel Flooded

Lake Calhoun Bike Tunnel Flooded

High water at Lake Calhoun. And it’s raining again, right now. Just saw a pair of elephants and a pair of giraffes walk by, not sure where they are headed…

Recycled Flooding

Recycled Flooding

This image is similar to the last one, but I like the composition of both of them so there you go. That’s Raspberry Island in the middle of Lake of the Isles in the background. The waters haven’t receded yet, the lakes are very, very full still.