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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?


I Took a Walk…


It was 4pm on Sunday. We just suffered a Packer loss. It was a rough, close game that shouldn’t have been. We just returned from the Buffalo Tap. But it was an absolutely gorgeous day.

So I decided to go for a walk.

I posted last week that I had decided to stop running in hopes that would alleviate some back pain. I was right. However, I knew I had to keep moving somehow, even if it wasn’t at the same same intensity level. My plan was to walk just one mile every day. I figured that it was a start and I know that walking is the best thing I can do for my back.

I had some rough days. I had some days where that one mile was very challenging. I had a day where my legs hurt almost as bad as The Worst Day before my diagnosis and inevitable back surgery. And I most certainly didn’t keep up with walking just one mile every day.

But I did feel better as the week went on. And knowing that one mile per day equated to just seven miles for the entire week, I was determined on Sunday to finish what I had started.

Only, I walked just two miles the entire week.

Only, I can’t remember the time I walked five miles.

Only, my iPhone was dead.

But I went anyway. I stepped out the door with just a written route and water bottle in hand, along with my thoughts. I had no music, no podcosts, no iPhone to keep me company. Earlier, I had serious thoughts of walking on the treadmill and watching a movie to keep my mind occupied over the five miles.

However, there was no way I was giving up the last day of summer in Minnesota with it’s perfect sunshine and 78-degree and breezy weather. I stepped out with no time, no pace in mind. I had no electronic gadgets to gauge me, not even a watch. I was determined to walk for the pure enjoyment of it.

It was heavenly.

I enjoyed the scent of fresh air. The kind that you open the windows for, but then snuggle under the covers in the fall. In fact, the scents where my favorite part of the entire walk! Occasionally, I’d get the scent of burgers on the grill, or lighter fluid igniting charcoal, or someone cutting the grass or laying fresh mulch.

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon. Despite the beautiful weather, not many people were out. I like to count dogs to pass the time while I’m running or walking and during this walk, I only counted seven. Perhaps people were enjoying the last few weekends up at their cabins. Maybe they were napping the afternoon away. I saw and heard no televisions, so I couldn’t imagine that many were inside watching football. The Vikings had already suffered a loss that day as well.

I completed nearly five miles. And when I returned and looked a the clock, I Had been gone for an hour and twenty minutes, about ten minutes longer than my first five-mile race.

Boy does it feel good to walk.


Now it’s time for:


This week was all about the audibles!



Seven miles total (over three days.)

What’s in store this week?



Increase my walking mileage by 10% (round to the nearest half mile.) Therefore, my goal is to walk 8 miles. Sounds simple, but I’ve got to listen to my body. I don’t want to get injured again!

So, in looking at my meals this week….

If you had to choose, would you go to Heidi’s or Louis Ristorante and what would you order?

Which of chili recipes over at My Bizzy Kitchen would you try?

Have a great week!