Twin Cities

Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
Trip End Aug 08, 2010

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yesterday we made our way from Goose Island, WI to the Twin Cities of Minnesota. We followed scenic routes 35 and 61, which traverse the valley bottom of the Mississippi river along tree-covered bluffs with steep limestone rock faces.  In LaCrosse, we climbed Grandad Bluff in our car to obtain a nice view of the city and three states - Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The landscape features remind me a bit of the upper Hudson in NY state.
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.
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Kaitlyn on

Oh no! Poor Forest--the victim of such an early injury! You know what they say's not an adventure unless things go wrong...I sure hope this is the last of your car troubles for this trip. So glad you're making the most of your trip, spending time with each other, with family and friends, and seeing great stuff along the way!!

Sheila Sargent on

Yes, we did go to St. Paul, MN, and the state capitol. It is one of the prettier ones. That is one big boot! Keep those pictures coming. This is bringing back lots of memories. Love, Mom

Greta on

OOO!!! I love MN!!! So many lakes!!! Sorry about the break in...the Twin Cities are not a great area!!!! Have fun and be safe!!

Izzy McKay on

So sorry Forest was the victim of city crime, but thank God you were not unduly affected. I love the twin cities. I almost went to Law school there.

Courtney on

I think I'm actually most upset not by the fact that Forest was broken into, but that you didn't post a pic of it >:( (PS when I was going to school, someone on Mission Hill smashed in my driver's side window and stole all the change out of my car, and only my change. Correction: they stole the change holder as well, which left a gaping hole in the middle of my consul. A Boston accent is a lot easier to be mad at than a Minnesotan accent, I guess).

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