|The Stone Arch Bridge, with science project pools|
|Ignore that finger that tainted an otherwise cute photo.|
|Look, I'm in front of the Falls!|
Prior to Miri's temporary moment of insanity (I love that she signed up the day before), Miri showed me around her town a bit. We had a nice lunch al fresco looking at Lake Calhoun, one of the 10,000 lakes. Who doesn't love a cold beer on a sunny day overlooking a lake? We visited an area across the river called Saint Anthony Main, which has quaint cobblestone streets, cafes, and some great access to view the Saint Anthony Falls, which my research (Wikipedia) tells me used to be the only natural major waterfall on the Mississippi. There was also some kind of science lab out there too. I'm not sure what those mad scientists were growing in all those buckets I saw sitting in pools of water. I also had a chance to meet Miri's cousin, Karen, who was totally cool, and I was able to see again on the race course handing out water at miles 14 and 18. She welcomed me with a ice cold hand to the forehead, which felt amazing, of course, and I couldn't help thinking, wow, she sure is a dedicated volunteer to touch my sweaty, salt-crusted forehead. To carb load, Miri and I had dinner at a place near her house, called McCoy's Public House, which had a deliciously cheesy and customizable mac-n-cheese. Of course, the portions were way to much for one human being, especially after downing a pail of truffle parmesan tater tots. Oh, how I love tots!
|Like my sausage?|
After the race, she took me to Hell's Kitchen for brunch, a really cool joint in downtown Minneapolis. Sadly, both of us were feeling less than stellar after the race, so didn't have much of an appetite. I did, however, manage to try one of their famous bloody marys, which lived up to the hype. I actually think the sodium in that thing might have helped me out a lot. And I also had some of their homemade peanut butter, yum.
I enjoyed my relaxing weekend in Minneapolis, well, relaxing except for that pesky marathon. The only annoying thing about the weekend was my flight delay getting home due to a bomb scare at the airport. Unfortunately, I spent a long hour sitting in a parking garage waiting for the OK from the bomb squad for people to be allowed back inside. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to visiting Miri again so we can do a few more fun activities we couldn't cram in this time, like the sculpture garden with the famous Spoon and Cherry sculpture, or maybe kayaking on one of the 10,000 lakes. And with the sweet low fares on Spirit Airlines from Chicago to Minnie, I might be able to make this happen sooner rather than later!