I noticed I haven’t posted anything creative for a while. Not because I haven’t wanted to, just because we have been super busy lately. Because of this, we decided to use Memorial Day weekend as an excuse to get away for a while. We decided to drive to Minneapolis. I had only been to Minnesota once, and that was a layover in the airport, so I don’t think that really counts.
Our first stop was the Mall of America. I really only wanted to go to one store there, the Lindt Swiss Chocolate place. We found that pretty quick after walking around for a bit, and it was pretty darned exciting for me:) They had 17 flavors of the truffles, and a special running that weekend, so I think I will be happily eating truffles for a while.
We also found the amusement park, which takes up an entire wing of the mall. We didn’t spend the money to go on any rides, but it was fun to watch them from each level of the mall. Here is a panoramic picture.
We also visited the Lego store, and walked around for pretty much the whole morning and part of the early afternoon. We also came back that evening and had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while at Dick’s Last Resort. What a fun place!
In the afternoon, we toured the Walker Art Center, which is downtown, and took a stroll through the sculpture garden. I am glad I brought my jacket with me, because it was overcast and about 60 degrees. There is a bridge that goes over the interstate, which we walked, and got great photos of downtown Minneapolis.
Then, because Wisconsin is so close, and that is another state I had not been to, we hopped in the car and took a drive to Ellsworth, WI, which is the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. We stopped at one of the dairy’s there and got some fresh cheese curds that had just come out of the vat. They were a tasty snack for the rest of the trip.
We crossed back into Minnesota at Red Wing, which is famous for being place where Red Wing boots are manufactured. It was pretty and has a really quaint downtown area. We also stopped at Lake Byllesby in Minnesota just because I wanted to see at least one of the lakes Minnesota is famous for. It was a beautiful lake, but also overcast and about 53 degrees, so we got out, stretched our legs, took a few pictures, and left. We’ll have to go back when it is warmer, and also go farther north than Minneapolis.
We travelled on to Des Moines, since we had to go through it to get to Council Bluffs where we were staying the night. We had talked with my friend the night before, and he suggested we try a place for dinner called Zombie Burgers. Double D is a huge fan of the TV show, Walking Dead, so we knew we had to stop there. Sure enough, it was really good food, and the ambiance was pretty fun. Double D got the Dead Moines burger, and I got the 28 Days Later burger. If you are ever in Des Moines, and you are a fan of zombie shows, you might stop in.
As it turned out Zombie Burger was right down the street from the Capitol building, so we also stopped there to take some pictures. There had been a huge storm that I actually had driven through, and the gold dome really stood out against the dark sky. It really is a beautiful building and I wish it had been open so we could have toured it.
We made it to Council Bluffs, slept through the tornado sirens, and got up the next morning to tour Camping World. We found some items we needed for the camper, and then took off for home.
It was nice to get away for a while, but equally nice to be home. I think the next time we go, we will go for a bit longer, so it doesn’t seem like there is so much driving. Other than that, we had a great time and will be going back at some point.
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