First of all, I want to thank Bev for helping me with this topic idea and with that extinguishing the procrastination that likes to haunt me. My first post was a couple of months in the making, so here goes…
It all started when I was running late to meet my group. Running late is a trait my mother passed on to me. But that’s another story. As I was saying, I was running late leaving work (which is downtown) and bracing the traffic that collects on Hennepin Ave, right where Uptown begins. I was sick of waiting for people to get out of my way, so I turned right, on the corner by the Chipotle and Uptown Cafe, and proceeded to head to the direction of Lake of the Isles. I have cut across Uptown using the Grand Rounds many times, not only to save a little stop light time, but to enjoy the views of the beautiful lakes Minneapolis has. When I got to our meeting place, the stress from work had melted away. Could it have been the fact that I had the views of a frozen Lake of the Isles and the gorgeous mansions that border it? Definitely.
So, Do You Even Know What the Grand Rounds Are???
North Minneapolis, Home Sweet Home
North Minneapolis is one of the sides where the Grand Rounds start. I live a block away from Victory Memorial Drive, a parkway that leads you to Theodore Wirth, through Minneapolis, and into Lake Nokomis. “Victory Memorial Drive, a landscaped boulevard commemorating fallen World War I soldiers from Hennepin County, is recognized as the largest war memorial in the Twin Cities.” It’s really cool to walk by and see the memorials for these soldiers. I know that a lot of people don’t know that this even exists and I was one of them before moving here.
The Grand Rounds are not just for avoiding bad traffic, it’s 50 miles of bike paths around some of the most beautiful areas in Minneapolis. Why not take the scenic way instead?