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So, uh… Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1 Oct

Been biking a lot lately as the weather has been calm, cool and collected. The autumn days and evenings in Minnesota are some of the best for getting out and experiencing and checking out different things and places. Because not only do you get great colors as the trees turn from green to reds, browns and oranges, but you get to see it all in perfect weather. It’s not too hot or too cold and when there are no clouds in the sky, it just feels great to be outside. Frankly, if the weather in this state were to stay at this temperature all the time, I wouldn’t complain at all. It is still early in the fall season though, and as you can see, the trees are not all changed. They are just starting to turn, but when they do, it’s going to look great.

Early Fall Foliage

Early Fall Foliage

Sunset on Mississippi

Sunset on Mississippi

I also checked out the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center yesterday. If ever you have seen a postcard of Minneapolis, it usually includes a shot of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Here you can see some of the other sculptures that are also on the grounds. And while this place has nothing on, say, any European sculpture garden, it is still someplace that everyone in the TC should check out at least one time. Also, don’t pictures just look more “arty” when taken in black and white? I think I might add some more artist-y type shots in the future because they seem to come out better as well on the ol’ phone.

Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

Hennepin Ave

Hennepin Ave

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Also, just for the record, in that last shot, the white building in front of the IDS is the one I work in. Yea! :\

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My Busy Weekend

22 Jun

This past weekend provided a lot of entertainment for me. And considering that I hate weekends, it sure made it go a whole lot faster, which is certainly a good thing.

Friday provided me with the opportunity to take in a race in Uptown. This wasn’t a sweet car race though (which would have been the best ever) but was a bike race. The race itself was set up much like a car race, with laps, a pit area and an enthusiastic crowd. The main differences include the fact that these guys go a lot slower than cars, were literally a few inches from my face and there were no crashes – which bummed me out. Below are some pictures of the action. Note how close these guys were to the crowd and to each other. I’m still surprised they all got through in one piece. And speaking of getting through, this was a 40 lap race in which the course was .88 of a mile and took one hour and nine minutes. This means that their average speed was 30.6 mph! That’s pretty good for a bike race consisting of a bunch of 90 degree street corners and some short straights.

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Saturday brought with it another gorgeous day and the chance to get out and golf. I went to Kilkarney Hills in Wisconsin. Its a course that I am very familiar with, but never seem to do to well on. And this day would prove no different. There were three holes on the front side that I scored eights on. If not for those, I would have had a fairly decent score, as I also had a birdie and four pars. Either way, it was a good day and better than not golfing.

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Kilkarney Hills Golf Course

Sunday was another great looking day, and it also happened to be Fathers’ Day. As such, my dad came over to my place. We biked around Calhoun and Lake of the Isles to check out the houses. Then, we headed over to my favorite cemetery! The Lakewood Cemetery is simply a great place to wander around. I cannot say enough about it. Just check out the pictures below and see how great it looks in the sunlight.

Rudy Luther

Rudy Luther

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery - And My Dirty Subaru

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery - Found You Waldo

For dinner we went out to Khan’s Mongolian Barbeque, which, oddly enough, is not technically Mongolian or barbeque. It has its origins in Taiwan and actually derives from Japanese-style teppanyaki which was popular there at the time. Whatever it is, it tastes great and you get to see your food made in a couple of minutes right in front of you. I ended up full after a very full weekend.

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

Khan's Mongolian BBQ

As a side note, on Monday there was a skater convoy in downtown Minneapolis. Literally hundreds of skaters took over the streets and disrupted traffic for some reason. Here is a picture of them on Hennepin Avenue. For what reason they did this I have no clue, but it was very loud and odd.

Skateboarders on Hennepin

Skateboarders on Hennepin