City Bike Trails

Now that the chilly, gray winter is over, our family FINALLY! got out to ride our bikes on the south side trails in Cedar Rapids.  This day was extra special because all four of our kids were able to join us!  You see, our oldest boy turns 21 in a few weeks and will be moving on in the world.

Local Pour

Our first stop of the day was at the new restaurant at 302 3rd Ave SW called Local Pour Street Food. The poutine here is delicious! The corn dogs are literally a foot long, the gyros are fantastic, and everything is exactly what you would expect to find from a food truck. Ask them about their secret menu….

Next we rode over to Czech Village and caught the trail over to the Cedar River.

ConstructionConstruction is in progress to expand the Cedar Lake area.

Bridge

We were excited to see signs posted announcing a new pedestrian bridge that will be built in the near future to allow access across the river.  Check out Project Connect CR here to learn more about the “Sleeping Giant” that will be a magnificent addition to the riverfront.

Mt Trashmore

Mt. Trashmore rises in the distance…..

Critter

Critters on the trail going out to Tait Cummins Sports Complex.

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Photo Credit:  JR Lauritsen

All this riding made us thirsty.  Gotta stop at Kickstand for a Smith and Forge Cider at 203 14th Ave SE for the adults.  (Water and pop for the kiddos!)

After a quick stop at Quentin’s Bar and Grill at 450 1st St SW for some of the best wings in town, we ended our day at Blue 42 (629 Ellis Blvd NW) for burgers and pizza.  Seven hours later, we arrived home.  Tired, sore, and already planning our next outing.  Where should we go next?  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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Ah, summertime. Hot dogs, ice cream, and baseball!  You can get all 3 at Perfect Game Field when you watch the Kernels play!  Cedar Rapids is lucky to have a Class A baseball team in town.  Going to games to see the Kernels play is always a fun time.  The staff is so nice.  Silly games and entertainment keep people engaged between innings.  Many of the weekend games have a fireworks display afterwards.

If you’re not into the traditional hot dog fare, other food choices are grilled burgers, brats, chicken, philly cheesesteaks, and salads.  There is even a Mexican food vendor!

We have been to the Kernels games many times.  We’ve sat just about everywhere.  The Mezzanine Level is great when you have a big party such as a corporate event.  The kids love to sit on the side lawn and run around (that’s right—expend all that energy kiddos!  You’ll sleep better when we get home!).  Recently, I was lucky enough to win suite tickets from my employer ( a sweet deal, no pun intended).  That was quite the experience!  We rode the elevator up to the suites, and ours was right behind home plate.  Great View.  Opposing team hit a grand slam right away and it got everyone quite excited.  When the heat was too much, we could go inside and watch the game from the stools by the window as the TV’s broadcast what was happening.  Only thing missing was the recliner…

The Kernels are affiliated with the Minnesota Twins.  Now, this is a bit tough for me because I am such a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.  However, I love to see the players hone their skills and we get so excited when they move up to the next level.  The players have always been friendly guys.  My kids have been able to go on the field with the players at the beginning of the game and participate in activities with them.  Every summer the Kernels sponsor a reading program and when you finish, you get to meet the players and get their autographs at a special recognition event.  What a positive experience!

 The Kernels play at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium complex at 950 Rockford Rd SW in Cedar Rapids.