Genius Loci?-Lake Calhoun
A place that I find meaningful is Lake Calhoun in The South Eastern regionof Minneapolis. Since I am a runner, I like to go out on jogs or runs. (no matter how cold it is or how hot it is outside.)
I have been around the Lake so many times. Wheather I run, walk, bike, or rollerblade around Lake Calhoun, It always seems like a new experience to me each time.
I find this place meaningful because of Many reasons. I feel ackward in an undiversified setting; and running around the Lake I see all types of people. I see big and small people, people of different race, people relaxing and working out. I love to be in that type of setting.
While Im running, I see new things that I didnt see since the time before. For example I see people flying huge kites, people canoeing in the lake. I also see people playing at the park, or fireworks displays. I also see people walking out on the ice in the winter time.
In the summer everytime I run people are always bbq-ing. So when I get to a certain point, I can sense of smell is triggered by these people. Also, my sense of feeling is activated because some days the wind will bow and pick up breeze from the lakes currents. Other days I will be extremly burning up and feel exhausted but keep on going. (I always try to make it around atleast once without stopping) Other days when I go to the lake I am really cold anf tight because of the climate. So I am always impressed by how its going to be the next time I run.
Lake Calhoun I would say is a fast and slow paced environment. Like I said I see people relaxing, then i see people running, rollerblading, biking, walking their pets and etc. (Well atleast during the times of the day that I go.)
This place is significant to my because it fulfills my passions to get a good workout and run, also I like the atmosphere. It is conviently located for me to access and it doesnt cost anything. Also, if I get tired of running around Calhoun, there are pathways that connect to other nearby Lake like Harriet, Ceader and Lake of the Isles.
Winter Lake Calhoun