The Hidden Falls We Never Found {Food & Fitness Link-Up}


This weekend, I crossed another LOST Virtual Running Series Station off the list!

Rob and I went on another one of my favorite dates – a long walk. Only this time, it was more like a hike!

A friend recommended that we check out Hidden Falls Park along the Mississippi River, on the St. Paul side.

I actually forgot about wanting to complete the LOST Tempest Station 9k. I ended up starting my MapMyRun app after we turned around so that I’d know how much I’d have to add on when we reached our starting point before heading in the other direction. That means…





LOST Tempest Station 9k


We walked some of it along the river, where there was a level beach with some sand…

005I ran a portion of the paved trails…

016And on our way back, we hiked our way along the rocky shore, scaling anything that came in our path.

040Sometimes, we’d walk through the woods to get off the beaten path…

I loved the gnarly roots of some of the trees…

007It was such a beautiful fall day along the river.

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But we encountered a few things had me thinking that if we were LOST characters, they might make us curious:

Only we weren’t in the jungle.

We never did find the falls. But that’s okay. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the walk and the extra effort we put in to hike and explore. Our reward?

046We happened on this place and soon found out that it was a University of Michigan bar! And the football game was about to begin. Have I mentioned that that is Rob’s Alma Mater?! He was in heaven.

We ordered the Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos with double meat to split. They were in no way gourmet, but pretty good! Everything else that came out of the kitchen looked like your basic bar food without much character. The 40 beers on tap were varied; but there weren’t many that wooed us.

We couldn’t stay for the entire game, but it was a nice ending to a great walk. The fact that there are Michigan alumni watching games there may be the reason that we go back to the Rail Station Bar & Grille!

Click to find out how I completed the other LOST Stations!

Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k

Station 3 – the Swan 15k

Station 4 – the Flame 16k

Station 5 – the Pearl 23k

Station 6 – the Orchid 42k

Additional Stations:

Station 7 – the Staff 7k

Station 8 – the Looking Glass 8.15k

Click here to participate yourself!

Now it’s time for the Food & Fitness Plan for the week:


Last week included a few #kitchenfails and more eating out that I’d like to admit. However, the workouts were pretty good!

Now this week is going to be a little strange…


  • Dinners
    • Monday – Monday Night Football! I have a sort of green-and-gold dish that should suit the evening: Crockpot Carnitas = pork loin in a crock pot with salsa verde. I found it here and just happened to have the ingredients on hand! Where’s the gold, you ask? Well, we’ll be topping it with cheddar cheese, of course! Go, Pack, Go!
    • Tuesday – I’m getting my hair done, so I’ll probably just make a couple of these Egg Rolls when I get home. Oooo… Or maybe a black bean burger! It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those. I love this brand/flavor that I get at Costco. Sometimes I put it on an Everything Bagel Thin with a slice of tomato and dollop of guac.
    •  Wednesday – Leftovers
    • Thursday – Sunday – Rob’s parents are in town from Michigan! We’ll be dining out, but I’ve also got the ingredients for this chili and these meatballs on hand.
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • I made some Green Curry Chicken on Sunday for myself for the week! Add that to my snacks of a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate, some almonds and either an applesauce or Chobani and we’re good!


  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – REST
  • Wednesday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Elliptical in AM
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Go for a walk?
  • Sunday – Walk on Treadmill
  • 30-day Arm Challenge

Football fans, what is your favorite dish to bring to a football party?

Or, if you tailgate, what’s your favorite tailgating food/dish?



4 responses »

  1. Love that you and your hubs get out on walks like that! The weather was so perfect yesterday. Have fun with the PIL – now I need to check out that chili recipe – even though I love my buffalo chicken chili, always looking for new ones!

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