Finally Bailie and I got to walk around Lake Calhoun. Mom has always wanted to take us, but it has never worked out until now. When she first moved back from Germany, she took Emma and Katie every week for swimming and walks, but she had not been for a walk there since May of 2013. We were pretty excited since we have heard a lot about it.
Lake Calhoun is the largest lake in Minneapolis, with a 3.4 mile circumference of trails for biking and walking. Why did we choose to use black and white photos? We kind of like the look of them at the lake, but mainly it is to look back to the old Lake Calhoun. With all the political correctness these days, they recently changed the name of the lake. Mom doesn’t agree with the decision, and everything around the lake still has Calhoun in their names. Why change the name of a lake after like two hundred years? We will continue to use the old name, and not even mention the new one. Changing a name doesn’t change history. There is a nice view of the Minneapolis skyline from the south side of the lake. You can sort of see it behind us.
Obviously in Minnesota in January, the beaches are closed. I got up on the lifeguard stand for a better view of the area. The sign is kind of silly this time of year. I think the beach is simply closed any time of the day, right?
During the summer months there are several fishing piers to go out on, but they are mostly hauled up on shore now for the winter months. We found this little short pier to have a seat on along the way. Bailie was super happy on our walk. Can you tell she is smiling? One woman actually stopped us as we were walking. She said she had never seen dogs smiling before, but we were both smiling as we walked along. Happy hounds, I guess.
Along the way, we also found a row boat or two that had been left on the beaches for the winter. Naturally, we climbed in and had a seat for a photo. The big Adirondack chair we posted earlier this week was also a fun find on our walk. Overall, it was really icy, and wet on our walk, so we look forward to visiting again when it is either nice, cold, and frozen or in the summertime. It is a fun place for a walk no matter what you want to call the lake, if you are ever in the Uptown area of the Twin Cities!
On a day like this, when it is warm, melty, and sloppy, our furs are a dirty wet mess. How do we get home? We use 4Knines seat covers and cargo liners and have been for over four years now. They not only keep the mess off the car seats, they are waterproof, and very durable. We highly recommend them if you haven’t already got one.
Our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard are hosting the Nature Friday blog hop for the winter. Stop by and visit some of the other blogs in the hop.