Mall of america!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Aug 09, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Minnesota
Thursday, July 17, 2008

with an upcoming day off in the twin cities area, julie had been talking up the mall of america for weeks. as we've learned, a single day off is never enough time to accomplish much of anything, so we didn't really have high hopes of seeing much of the twin cities. the afternoon before, we had taken care of as much as we possibly could (laundry, internet, shopping) to give us enough time to head into town, but ultimately, we ended up only going to the mall. at one point on the interstate, we got to see the skyline of st. paul, but that was about it. poor twin in the shadow of bigger is better consumer america. i hear they're really quite lovely, and i was originally looking forward to having a day to explore, but that was back in those

much like camelot, the mall of america is a silly place. as one would expect of the largest shopping mall in america, it's enormous (duh). it's four stories tall, there's an amusement park in the atrium, a mini golf course, a movie theater, multiple food courts, and about every store one could possibly imagine. one notable absence: hot dog on a stick. brad had been looking forward to getting a corn dog for weeks, but where one used to exist, we instead found a boarded up hole in the wall. the lego store was the best of the bunch. they had a number of really cool lego sculptures, including an animated, interactive clock tower.

much like when we were in the shopping mall in minot, we didn't have a very ambitious agenda. we wanted to get something to eat, see a movie, and go to the book store. we had hoped to go on some of the rides, too, but they were crazy expensive. apparently, the amusement park area had recently undergone a nikelodeon-branded facelift as part of an effort to rejuvenate the place. we bought tickets for "get smart", grabbed some mediocre food court fare, and then hunkered down in the air conditioned theater and really enjoyed the show. i find it quite rare that hollywood puts out a good comedy, but this one was really well written and executed.

after the movie, we met with a friend and old school mate of my mom's. she lives in the twin cities area and was very kind to us by helping us get set up with our campground (it's difficult to find cheap lodging near urban centers) and giving us a small donation for our cause. after sharing an orange julius with her, we found our time at the mall had quickly flown by and we needed to get back to camp to eat dinner and prepare for another day of riding. some day i'll have to come back...
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