Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
13Trip End Aug 08, 2010
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Red Wing, MN was also along the way, and we stopped to see the world's largest boot at the Red Wing Shoe store. They have a great little museum showcasing the company and the production of leather boots. As a happy owner of Red Wing boots, it was neat to see where they come from. Nothing like quality American made!
A few hours later we made it to St. Paul, which surprised us a bit - AAA recommended their State Capitol (which I cannot remember if I have visited...probably have at some point, Mom and Dad?) but we weren't expecting the grandeur of the building. The mix of stone used to construct the building, plus the detail on the interior was really magnificent. Also downtown is a gorgeous cathedral, within sight of the capitol. We observed that both the capitol and cathedral were in sight of each other, but not connected either physically or organizationally. Appropriate. The city itself was rather nice, at least from what we observed taking the back route to our hotel in Minneapolis.
This section of our trip was our "modern culture" time, so we are taking our fill. Last night we ate at a place called Good Earth (locally sourced, fresh, organic food, just what you need on the road) and then saw the movie Inception in IMAX just north of the city. Pretty good, and I think Brian would say, "highly recommend." Well-acted and directed thriller with a thorough, complex plot line. Thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches were present in the evening in usual midwest fashion, but we seem to have missed it all. We haven't seen a rainy or cool day since a week before we left RI -what a stretch of summer!
Today we were going to see the art museum and the Guthrie theater...but it wasn't meant to be.
Just to complete the city theme, our vehicle was the victim of petty crime last night. Poor Forest had his back passenger window busted in. It appears our things were rifled through, but, shockingly, nothing was taken. We hadn't left any high value items in the car, but honestly, there was plenty to take that could have been sold for profit. We are counting this as yet another of God's graces, that the criminals got spooked early or were blinded to what they could have taken. We now await the car glass replacement folks. Getting out of the city once this is fixed! None-the-less, Brian says, "I can't get mad at people from Minnesota - it's that accent." Priceless indeed. Taking in some Garrison Keillor while we wait.