Budget Host Inn Mankato
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So I've covered the north island and after a 4 hour ferry trip playing cards, and listening to a very strange Asian lady hum/squeal somewhere over the rainbow, our bus rolled onto the South Island. The South Island had incredible scenery with incredible mountains everywhere and some snow. However this didn't deter the tripod persevering with flip flops and shorts!! In fact it was so snowy that some trips were cancelled due ...
... 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 ...
... we went into town (Waseca) where there was a County Band Competition It began with a street parade. We lined up with hundreds of others and watched as classic cars - corvets, mustangs etc - old fire engines, cars carrying the 'queens', and 10 college bands with their drum majors and the girls that threw their flags and danced. Some of them were very polished - I thought the best was the one that used the Mary Poppins music complete with Sweeps, chimneys, umbrellas ...
... 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.
... cornfield across the lane. Everyone is Midwest friendly and have been very helpful.
Since Gary didn't feel well, I was the one oriented to how this thing works. I have five pages of notes; never thought to capture it all on my IPad. In the morning I'm hoping Gary feels better and then I will orient him and then we will be able to ask all the remaining questions and those I will put on my IPad. We ...