October 2011 Archives

Urban canoeing: Dining at The Sample Room

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I finally found some time to upgrade my Wike canoe trailer. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the trailer had a hard time handling Scrappy, my 17' Alumacraft canoe. I added a U-bolt to adequately secure the bow, and I reinforced the aluminum axle with an iron rod to keep it from bending. It's working well enough to resume canoeing around Minneapolis without a car shuttle.

Amy and I took the trailer down Saint Anthony Parkway to the Mississippi River for some paddling at dusk. We put in at the Camden Railroad Bridge. The moon was huge, so we had no trouble navigating after the sun went down. You can see the moon above Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in the picture below.

We got hungry on the river, so we stopped at one of our favorite spots in Northeast: The Sample Room. The restaurant conveniently has its own dock and stairway up the steep bank of the river. Our server even comped us a drink for canoeing in with our life jackets! After dining on the patio, we continued down the Mississippi to Boom Island Park and rode our bikes home from there. It was a fun way to spend an evening in Minneapolis!

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