5 Week Workout Challenge: Week 1, Day 4
Minnehaha Creek Trail
I haven’t been to Minnehaha Falls for a while, so I was really looking forward to our hike. Minnehaha Falls feels like home. My Maternal Grandparents used to live not too far from the park, so we frequently enjoyed walks along the river’s edge, flying kites in the fields, family gatherings at the pavilion, family reunions, outdoor concerts and events, picnics, playing at the park and so much more.
I can remember being little and looking up at the huge oak trees with wonder. I love oak trees, maybe because they live in so many of my happy memories. I remember going on walks with my parents or grandparents and taking in the beautiful marvels that are everywhere. I love being able to share its beauty with my children and allowing them to make their own memories.
As I walked the paths, I mulled over the memories of a lifetime at this park. I saw myself grow up. I saw my Mother, and my Grandmother, who also grew up here. My great-grandmother would have seen the park when it was new. I wondered about the Native Americans who lived here before us and the history of the park. I hope someday my children will pass on the legacy of love of Minnehaha Falls and bring their own children here.
I found that that the park had more history than I could have imagined! There is a great blog about the history of the falls here. It was once the location to a zoo! I knew about the mill that once was a bit further away from the falls because I had climbed down the remains once. The dog park was once a limestone quarry, which ended up supplying much of the park with limestone for steps and walls. I loved learning about the different bridges at the bottom of the falls and seeing images of how the falls have looked over the years.