The creek had a lot of Virginia Waterleaf in bloom as well as Violets and a few Dame's Rockets.
It's always good to get distracted by a new restaurant along the way and this one is a keeper. Somewhere into the Lake Nokomis neighborhood is this little gem called Hot Plate. It's breakfast (plus beer) and the food was really great. I was starving when we got there and the pancakes with lingonberry butter plus chicken fried steak, sausage gravy, eggs, and fried potato was actually way more fuel than what I needed to keep walking. The restaurant's owners are collectors of old paint-by-number paintings and the weirdness abounds. Picture an Emmett Kelly's "Weary Willie" next to the Virgin Mary and you get the idea. Lava lamps and plastic figurines and old 1980's style hand held electronic games add to the decor. This place is definitely worth the detour off the trail.