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explore // kayak mpls

In this occasional series, explore, I’ll show you around where I live, work, play and swimbikerun – Minneapolis / Saint Paul, Minnesota. I promise it’s not winter all year!

One of the things I love most of MPLSTP is that it doesn’t always feel like you’re in the city – from running the Mississippi River bottoms (or paralleling paved path… my favorite route!) to hanging out on the chain of lakes. In fact, the chain of lakes – Cedar, Isles and Calhoun, with adjacent Harriet – are smack in the middle of Minneapolis (through breaks in the trees you can even see the downtown skyline). And, in the summer, it’s the place to be for volleyball, walking / running / biking, sunbathing, relaxing on the beach and water recreation. 

During a post-race recovery day last summer, Nick and I rented kayaks from Wheel Fun Retails and spent a quiet afternoon kayaking around the chain, soaking up the sunshine. The perfect afternoon escape – topped off by coffee + puppy dog tails (and all the frosting!) from Isles Bun & Coffee










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  • Jessie
    07/11/2016 at 9:28 pm

    Love Isles buns :) Sugar overload, but a fun summer treat.

    Great post sharing one of many reasons the Twin Cities rock!

    • erin
      07/13/2016 at 12:02 pm

      Such a treat! I’m in need of a puppy dog tail fix soon :)

      Thanks, Jessie! Love this city so much!

  • Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard
    07/15/2016 at 2:50 am

    Looks like a great day! Next time I’m in Wpg I need a stopover in Minneapolis, it looks great!

    • erin
      07/20/2016 at 10:20 am

      Yes, please! Would love to hang out and show you around MPLSTP :)

  • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    07/15/2016 at 3:49 pm

    FUN!! Looks amazing! Fun to do something different than swim/bike/run!! :)

    • erin
      07/20/2016 at 10:21 am

      So important to squeeze in other non-tri activities! We had a blast, Leslie!

  • Luv What You Do
    07/15/2016 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve never been to MN…I know…how is that possible when we live so close and it is on my WANT TO VISIT SOON list for sure!

    • erin
      07/20/2016 at 10:21 am

      Well, that needs to change, lady! You’re welcome here anytime!

      • Luv What You Do
        08/02/2016 at 6:48 pm

        Thank you!!! It does need to change!

  • PageWilliams
    07/21/2016 at 5:43 pm

    I now know what else we should do when I come visit…in addition to arepas ;)

    • erin
      08/01/2016 at 8:28 am

      Please come visit! Would love to show you around!

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