Birthday week marches on, and so did Mom and I on the Minnetonka Loop Trail System. When we first moved back from Germany we lived with Gramma for a few months in Minnetonka and walked these trails a lot! The past few years we haven’t really been walking much at Gramma’s, so this was a fun little adventure for me and Mom.
Signs like this one are found all along the Minnetonka Loop Trail System, which is pretty big, covering some thirty three miles! Trails are usually about eight feet wide, can be dirt/gravel, or asphalt, and are intended for for walkers, joggers, and bikers. Police on bicycles do patrol the trails, and they are plowed in the winter, making them usable all year long. Roughly twenty percent of Minnetonka is wetlands or lakes, which explains whey so many trails seem to be near water or swampy areas.
The particular trail we took was about three miles and runs along Minnehaha Creek. Minnehaha means laughing water and this was the case for us. The creek which leads to the beautiful Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis was laughing at us because it had overflowed its banks and made the trail impassable in some parts.
Railroad tracks cross over the Minnehaha Creek on a little bridge at the point where it was flooded. My mom is one determined individual, as am I, so we decided to climb up the small embankment to the rail road tracks to bypass the flooded portion of the trail. We were very careful to make sure no trains were coming. Mom grew up along these tracks and knows all about watching out for trains.
Did I mention swampland earlier? Behind me in this photo is one huge marsh next to the Minnehaha Creek.
Since the trails often cross water, the park department has built a lot of cute bridges to get people across the water. Mom and I both love these pretty wooden bridges.
Katie was always with us when we walked these trails. This was the first time Mom and I walked them without her. Bailie was home because Mom wanted to go alone with me. We talked a lot about Katie. Mom did lots of crying, but it was good. At one point I was laughing my furs off when Mom remembered the time she wanted to take a short cut and we ended up so very lost! Our walk took over three hours because Mom was so off! Katie and I had a lot of fun, though. That time was pre-blog, so we have no photos of Katie and I on these trails. Bailie has been on some of the Minnetonka Loop Trail System trails, like the one right by Gramma’s house.
At least if you get lost, you can usually find the railroad tracks and follow them to get to where you are going. There is plenty of room on the side to be safe in just in case a train comes along.
It was a fun walk for my birthday week, but it was getting a bit warm for me. Mom wouldn’t let me swim since the water looked dirty and was moving pretty fast. I was panting up a storm, and was happy to be back at the car. Only a few more days until my birthday, but I sure am enjoying my birthday week so far!