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We left Chicago early Saturday morning (9/13). Jeff and Mark made us a nice breakfast, helped us load the car and we were off. First tourist stop was the Spam Museum in Austin, MN. I did not realize Spam does not contain any snout or hoof...just premium pork shoulder. People were walking out with cases of this stuff. ...
... the Packer pre-season game tonight. Well with all the rain and with darkness descending, I chose safety over Packer loyalty and stopped in Austin, Minnesota, where we were treated to watching the Minnesota college game at the sports bar restaurant in the hotel. I wouldn't have minded eating a bad pizza so much if we could have had any other sport to watch, even tennis, but no, every TV was tuned to Minnesota College Football.
Anyhow lest you think we haven't been eating well, ...
... out for the evening. The drive today was quite long and I had such a hard time staying awake!! We didn't experience anything too exciting today. All of the cool and exciting country is in our rearview now :( We are headed towards Chicago ...
... were red blinking lights, high up in the sky. We got to a point where we were surrounded 360 degrees by them. Ultimately Diana and I assumed it was aliens because what else could it be? Had to have been aliens. right? Probably.
Anyway, we enjoyed a quiet and cool night together and are well rested. On tap for today is the highly anticipated Spam museum and then we have to hit the road again.
Next stop? South Dakota!
Van appreciation day... Driving, driving, driving to Austin, Minnesota. We had 2 designated stops today; 1st was the Corn Palace. A school hall still used for proms, theatre and basketball games with corn merchandise inside and decorated with murals of corn on the cob. 2nd stop was the green giant in Minnesota, Hohoho. Camp was Kamp of America again and we spent our evening planning Chicago in front of the fire with ...