Day 7: Minneapolis, MN

What’s the perfect way to successfully enter the Midwest after 3 days of early mornings to optimize driving hours, 3 national parks to optimize the expense of our annual pass, and 3 nights of camping 2 nights of camping followed by 1 night in an America’s Best Value Inn?  By spending two nights with friends in Minneapolis, MN!

I can say without a doubt that I’ve never met anyone from Minnesota who I disliked.

Perhaps it has something to do with how few I’ve actually met in my 30+ years.  Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that my first name might make all true Minnesotans think fondly of another Garrison.  I’m not from The Land of 10,000 Lakes, so I can’t speak with real authority on this, but I think I’ve decided that everyone’s lives would be a little better with a Minnesotan friend.

Today, while exploring Minneapolis, Anna, myself, and my friend Will (who made us an omelette and sausage this morning) beat the 100 degree weather by standing in the Minnehaha Creek, hanging out in the extremely air-conditioned Guthrie Theater lobby, and going for a swim in one of the lakes in the city.  We also walked across the Mississippi River.  Twice.  Only in Minnesota…

It’s once again getting late, and another day of driving (and reading through the entire Harry Potter series at an aggressive pace) awaits us tomorrow, when we’re headed to another of the Midwest’s greatest places ever: Green Bay, WI.  So I’ll leave you all with a few pictures representative of our adventures over the last few days.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Beautiful, yet threatening clouds.  We had to be wary of wildfires the whole time.

Beautiful, yet threatening clouds. We had to be wary of wildfires the whole time we were out west.

Old Faithful, not going off.  Unfortunately, this reliable geyser wasn't scheduled to go off during the 20 minutes we waited for it.  Still very cool!

Old Faithful, not going off. Unfortunately, this reliable geyser wasn’t scheduled to go off during the 20 minutes we waited for it. Still very cool!

Adventure machine in the foreground.  Grand Tetons in the background.

Adventure machine in the foreground. Grand Tetons in the background.

 

Driving through Wyoming's older 2-lane highways was much more scenic than either of us had imagined.  This picture doesn't come close to doing it justice.

Driving through Wyoming’s older 2-lane highways was much more scenic than either of us had imagined. This picture doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

The Badlands on the morning after we had meant to camp there but hadn't quite made it there.

The Badlands on the morning after we had meant to camp there but hadn’t quite made it there.

 

Our two protagonists at Minnehaha falls.  We weren't about to let 100 degrees of Minnesota summer keep us down!

Our two protagonists at Minnehaha falls. We weren’t about to let 100 degrees of Minnesota summer keep us down!

 

An old rail bridge the city has turned into a pedestrian and bike path across the mighty Mississippi.  We went across and back.

An old rail bridge the city has turned into a pedestrian and bike path across the mighty Mississippi. We went across and back.

So long, Minnesota!  We’re headed to Wisconsin, where small stripy mammals play football, all the cheese curds are squeaky, and all the fish are worth catching.  On Wisconsin!

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8 Responses to Day 7: Minneapolis, MN

  1. Yee haw!! Thinking of you guys!

  2. gretchen says:

    It’s true – a friend from MN does make ones life better (: SO happy you are both having a grand time! Enjoy the sweet midwest.

  3. Dick Dyer says:

    Looks like the weather gods are treating you kindly. Maybe your cousin Capt. Ryan can take you out to catch a big musky or salmon while you are in GB>

  4. Diana Dyer says:

    Bucky is waiting to welcome you back, even if your name does make it sound like you’re a ‘Minnesotan’. 🙂

    • Thanks, Mom & Dad! We’re having a blast. Coming into Wisconsin today felt a lot like ‘coming home’. Everything looked so familiar and ‘normal’ (in all the good ways). It might warrant its own blog post in the future.

  5. Mariah Ordonez says:

    It’s so pretty! You’ll have to send me some of those landscapes so I can paint them! Looks awesome guys!!!

    • Mariah, I’ll definitely send some along! Did I ever send you those Calvin & Hobbes images I was talking about? It’s been amazing to see the land change so much as we’re making our way to the midwest. Such a beautiful country!

  6. rebs white says:

    So incredible! Glad you were well out of fire’s way. Those sky pics (THROUGH a windshield) are something else.

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