Outdoor sights in Minneapolis
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We had a few hours to kill before Irene's bus left, so we explored some sights in downtown Minneapolis. The first stop was the Sculpture Garden. We saw the classic Minneapolis view - the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture and enjoyed our walk through the park. We took a picture for a group of friends on a swinging sculpture and then they took our photo. Irene has that one, so we'll have to wait until she gets back from her trip to see it. I climbed up a sculpture that looked like a big rock, only it was metal and really slippery. Later I learned you were supposed to stay off the sculptures. Oops! Irene knew some of the sculptures and artists because she has a background in art history. As I don't have such a background, I already can't remember the names of any of the artists or sculptures.
Next we went to see St. Anthony Falls and passed the Basilica of St. Mary on the way. We didn't go in because our cathedrals here hardly compare to those in Europe. We parked over near the Stone Arch Bridge, an old railroad bridge, and walked across it. The falls have been dammed up for power, but there was still a good flow of water over the falls. Downstream you could see the construction progressing on the new I-35W bridge (the one that collapsed August1, 2007). We could also see remnants of the old mills- sawmills and flour mills - that used to line the banks of the Mississippi River and the Mill City Museum.
Instead of going back to the car, we found the steps down to the little park below the bridge. We walked through the woods and it hardly felt like we were in the middle of a city of 600,000 people. It was a nice day and we enjoyed the exercise. We took a different path back up - going up rickety wooden steps that were blocked off at the top, apparently too dangerous to use. And they were a little scary. The steps were slanted and wobbly and it felt like the whole staircase could break away from the rock walls and throw us down into the river. But they held and we climbed over the barriers to get out and back to the car.
The last stop of the evening was the Greyhound Bus Station. Irene had a bus pass where you couldn't buy tickets until they were sure there were seats on the bus. Kind of crazy. So we sat in the bus station for an hour or so until the bus came.