Published: September 22nd 2008September 8th 2008
Mall of America
One of Cody's good friend from La Junta, Liz Nicklos, now lives in Minneapolis, MN and since we had never been we thought this would be the perfect time to stop. Monday, September 08, we got up early, headed out to get some breakfast and up to the Mall of America to get our shopping on. First thing: the MOA (as we'll call it) is HUGE! They have everything there. We didn't know exactly where to start, so we just went up to the very top and circled our way on down and around. The first store we stopped at was Department 56, which Nickey was super excited about because they have all of the Dickens village places. After that we circled down around the center area of the mall, in which there was an entire amusement park. They had roller coasters, swings, slides, they even had water rides! There is also a giant Legoland section. Since Nickey has been using Cody's boy soap the entire trip she finally got some good smelling soap from L'Occitane. For lunchtime, we went to Chipotle, the first time in quite awhile. Delicious. About four or five hours after we started, we finally made it
to the bottom floor and the last store of the MOA. Being kinda worn out from our walk around the mall, we decided to find a place to sleep for the night, as we weren't going to meet Liz until the next day. So we found a nice little KOA outside of town. That night, since we still had some gift cards left, we decided to use some for our dinner. So we went to Chili's and had a nice dinner out, thank you Grandma and Grandpa Linscott!
Next day we drove around downtown Minneapolis for most of the day, as we didn't have anything planned until that night when we were going to meet Liz for dinner. We saw quite a bunch of nice old buildings, with some really neat theaters and really old mills. It's funny, in downtown Minneapolis, there are enclosed walkways connecting all of the buildings back and forth, so that in the winter you don't have to go outside to get across town! We drove along the Mississippi River along a portion of the Grand Round National Scenic Byway, where we saw the old Guthrie Theater, named after Sir Tyrone Guthrie (not Woody). The
Everything Dickens Christmas Village!
river drive was beautiful. We also went to a sculpture garden just outside of downtown, where there were a bunch of trees and a really neat flower garden walkway. In the center of the lake there is a HUGE spoon with a cherry on top! The stem is actually a water fountain.
That night we met Liz and went out to dinner at a bar right down the street from her house. After dinner, we drove around and she showed us a couple of lakes in the area (right downtown!). They were really pretty, especially with the lights of downtown in the distance. We went back to the campsite, slept for the night and packed up the next morning. We headed out going north to Duluth. Next time, across the top of Wisconsin and into the UP.
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