Fairfield Inn Mankato
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... weather! After a trip was cancelled one hostel seriously underestimated our scrounging abilities... Whilst drinking tap water, Lewis won both games of bingo which meant he ended up with a free beer crawl and a flying lesson?! Further more at an all you can eat pizza event, we managed to fill ourselves and harvest 3 whole pizzas into plastic bags... Safe to say tripod 3 hostel 0!! Eventually after a beer tasting evening ...
... is what we did today and a few fun facts about our trip.
I wrote earlier about Wall Drug signs. There were no Wall Drug signs yesterday because we were in the state park for a lot of the day. Today I counted the signs from 45 miles away from Wall Drug. There were 61 signs advertising Wall Drug! There were several times that I could see 3-4 signs in one look. Actually I find it a bit fun to watch ...
... cottages'. They are fishing mad.
Then were went to New Ulm, which was settled by the Germans. It has a Glockenspiel in the centre. Then on to Sleepy Eye where we saw the house they used to live, and saw the monumemt to 'Sleepy Eye', a local chief of the Soiux tribe, whom the town is named for.
We ate dinner at the local restaurant and Grace and Carroll met several people they knew who were surprised to see them. We were introduced as their son Michael's New Zealand ...
... on 4 levels, and the bottom level has 'Disneyland' type rides and arcade games etc. It is a central core which the other levels are round.
Then we headed for Grace and Carroll's home in Waseca, about 2 hours drive through South Minnesota. The trees are just starting to change colour here, and Keith heard on tv the % count for how much colour there is in the trees! Only 20% here, but 50% further north, so we might see more as we head to Canada.
... Passage to the Far East. Parsons K. Johnson and Henry Jackson staked the first claims in Mankato in 1852. A general store was opened shortly thereafter. Steamboat travel along the Minnesota River led the way for additional settlers, but proved to be an unreliable mode of transportation in low-water years. Stagecoach travel became the popular mode of transportation in 1852 when a crude military road from Mankato to St. Paul ...