The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is all around the Twin Cities. There are roughly fifty one miles of walking/biking trails in the system around the Twin Cities. The Grand Rounds is one of the country’s longest continuous systems of public urban parkways for more than a century. Grand Rounds encompasses natural features, including lakes, creeks, woodlands, riverbanks, and wetlands, as well as constructed features, like canals, lagoons, greenways and parks, playgrounds, parkways, trails, golf courses, athletic fields, picnic grounds, gardens, and bridges.
Mom and I took a short hike at a section of the byway across the Mississippi River from Boom Island. It is a popular park in Northeast Minneapolis. Boom Island has a small lighthouse which you can see behind me to the left.
It was a beautiful weather day, but in the sun, it was on the warm side. Lucky for us, this section of the trails is in a heavily wooded area. Shade is good for a girl wearing a fur coat in the summer.
From our parking spot to the “real” trails, the trail is asphalt. Once again, the shade keeps it from being too hot on a summer day.
We found a small inlet from the river with two bridges. One bridge is really up high. We started by crossing over that one. I didn’t want to look at the camera, so Mom put it down for a second to see what was wrong. Guess what? I am afraid of heights! My legs were quivering as I was sitting on the bridge. Mom hurried to grab a shot of me and I stuck out my tongue to show her my feelings on the whole high bridge thing.
Hiking around on the dirt trails is nicer than on asphalt. There are a lot of ups and downs too but there are enough rocks and tree roots to keep the trails from being slippery. Behind me is the lower bridge we could see when we were up high.
I’m fine on the lower bridge, no fears there at all. Once we crossed it, we had to go up a little hill and we were on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway once again. I think we will do some more hiking around on these trails when we are in the city sometimes. We see the signs around town and they seem to be some fun trails with pretty places to explore.
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