Seeing the giant mall was cool and amazing, but my favorite part of the trip was something a bit more natural. We went to Minehaha Park and saw this beautiful waterfall. I loved it! While we were in the park, they had these odd bike things to rent. It was actually a tri-cycle with two sets of pedals with two seats for the folks to pedal and a back row seat for the free loading riders. We oddly thought it would fun to rent one and ride around the park. In reality, it was a lot of work to pedal around the two girls that as I realized are just over 100 pounds together now. After we quickly and gladly turned that torture machine back in, we walked around the waterfall area and enjoyed it on foot.
This same day, we traveled around on the light rail system in the city. It was great. I am a fan of good public transportation. I would gladly give up driving and use a system like they have. We rode to the park first and when we finished there, we got back on and continued our travels to the shopping district in Minneapolis. We ate lunch at Hell's Kitchen and walked the area a while. We didn't shop, except for some candy in this old fashioned candy store. We got back on the train and headed back toward the Mall where our car was parked. When we returned to the car we discovered a very flat tire. That was great fun getting fixed. Once the spare was on, it needed some air in it. We had to hunt down a gas station for air to discover the valve stem was broken and we could not get air in. In the end, a nice young guy helped us out by staying late working on our tires. We missed dinner and everybody was getting cranky, but we returned to the hotel and let the girls swim and they were all happy again.
Even though we do not have to go on vacation to swim, that is what they loved the most I think. Well, Bridget loved the rides, but I think Becca liked the pool time best.
Here are a few more random pictures from the Mall. We spent a lot of time walking the whole thing!
|This was Bridget's favorite ride. She went on it over and over and over and over!|
|In the Disney store I dared the girls to stick their head in the gator mouth. Bridget was game for it!|