Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
And I enjoyed this blobby little character too. Perhaps it was painted by someone just finishing a science class on germs and diseases.
What I didn't expect to see was a grave marker a little further up the ravine away from the river. There were a series of crosses so we followed them along the path.
I walked back home and picked up bits of trash all the way to the U of M before hopping on the light rail for home. I did not take that bridge girder with me. Exhausted, but ready to find out about White Sands Beach on another day. Although this article is 4 years old, it still perfectly describes the area here.
The article's author had his views on swimming in the river too. But that was in 2013. "Not everyone in Minneapolis is a river beach person, though. River beaches are an oddball country cousin to the lake beaches. They're a little scrappier, a little less recreational, a little more hard-edged. For one, no one’s swimming. Almost everything about the Mississippi is too dangerous for swimming – if the currents don’t get you, the mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl will. The waterways along the stretch of the Mississippi River between St. Anthony Falls and the Ford Dam are generally considered “impaired.” It’s pretty common to see people recreationally fishing in the river, but it’s rare to see anyone splashing around."
A couple of days later I was on the other side of the river trying to figure out how to get down to White Sands Beach. White sand and steep just like it looked from the St. Paul side of the river just days ago.
I picked up a bag or two and carried my haul back to a Park and Rec barrel before heading home.