That being said, it takes me a whole day to hike from the Mississippi River to Lake Calhoun along Minnehaha Creek, stopping to catch and release fish along the way.
After breaking two bones in my foot early last year, I have been reticent to run on pavement or trails. Besides feeling like a hypochondriac every time my foot gets tired or I step on a rock, riding a bicycle has been okay and my soccer cleats still fit so playing field sports has also been good. What I have not gotten back to is running. In place of trail running, I have taken to making the ten mile all day hike from Minnehaha Falls Park to Lake Calhoun, or portions thereof, once or twice a week.
I do some fishing along the way, and function as a Volunteer Water Monitor for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, collecting turbidity samples and sending them yearly to the MCWD for addition to their water quality database. Sometimes I use a Minnesota Nice Ride bicycle to get there and back, or to make a long walking section a little faster. It is not always Abe Winkleman trawling Shad Raps over the weed beds for lunkers, but it also not limping in a cast.
"Why not just ride your bike all the time?" Is a frequent question people ask, because they don't catch many fish I guess, and sure I could be out riding my bicycle instead.
"What do you catch in there?" Is another frequent question people ask me as I am standing hip deep in Minnehaha Creek, and I try to answer cordially, because they must not catch many fish either.
I did manage to cultivate a decent sourdough starter in the past couple of months, and had a nice couple loaves of sourdough bread turn out after following the same recipe I have been working on since 2009, the Thom Leonard sourdough recipe from Artisan Baking Across America.
Here are some pics of my hiking and fishing miles. A really good guidebook for fishing warm water fisheries is Fishing For Buffalo, Buffler; ( Fishing for Buffalo: A Guide to the Pursuit and Cuisine of Carp, Suckers, Eelpout, Gar, and Other Rough Fish) and if cold water fisheries are more your thing I strongly recommend Wisconsin and Minnesota Trout Streams, Humphrey and Shogren; (Trout Streams of Wisconsin and Minnesota: An Angler's Guide to More Than 120 Trout Rivers and Streams (Second Edition)).
|NiceRide and MWCD Volunteer equipment at Minnehaha Creek. Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Thom Leonard soudough variation. Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Lake Calhoun (Mde Maka Ska) Largemouth Bass, 2016.|
|Lake Hiawatha at sunset. Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Lake Nokomis. Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Minnehaha Creek Largemouth Bass, 2016. Photo by Michael McKinney.|
|Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis. Photo by Michael McKinney|
|Snowy Egret on Minnehaha Creek, 2015. Photo by Michael McKinney|