|View from the Ford Parkway Bridge|
As many times as I have looked under the Lake Street Bridge this was the first time that I tried to do a little clean up. There was new graffiti and a lot of empty spray cans. While I understand the desire for people to make their artistic statement, I do not see why leaving the cans behind is part of that mentality.
So back to the Ford Parkway Bridge and a different day. Does the same kind of trail exist on the east side of the river? First I had to take a peek under the Ford Parkway Bridge. That's a one time only deal. Too steep for me to drag myself down and back up more than once.
Looking way up at the underside of the bridge, you wonder who had the nerve to get up there and how?
It is a teenage wasteland down there and LOTS of trash. I could clean it up but there would be no way for me to haul it back up the hill.
Better for some group like Wilderness Inquiry to canoe into this area and then haul it out.
So yes, there is a similar dirt track that goes along the cliffs on the east side of the river. I could not find this trail referenced on any map, but here it is. There are places on the trail that really come too close to the edge of the cliffs so maybe that is why the park service doesn't mention the trail. You can bet that any kid from the neighborhood knows which trails go down to the river or have a good view. Even though I can hear the street noise and lawn mowers, better to be down on the dirt track and watch for birds.
Looking across to the Minneapolis side you can see some interesting views. I wonder if this is one of the old outfalls from years ago when raw sewage went directly into the river....now converted to storm water only.
We exited the trail at the University of St. Thomas for lunch, but we'll continue our urban wilderness walk here on another day. I wonder what else is under that bridge?