25.08.2011 - 25.08.2011 82 °F
Today was a very long day! It took us from about 9am to 8pm to do a 4hr drive! It was a tough travel day, especially for Mia who was a trooper. She was so bored at one point that she announced that she had 24 teeth because she counted them... LOL.
Our white Ford Escape is a lean mean bug killing machine though. The windshield and grill has so many dead bugs and bug juice that we will most certainly have to go through a carwash in the next day or two. Who brings their rental car to a carwash?
We started at 9am this morning and headed to downtown Bemidji to get a picture of the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues. These statues are right on the shores of Lake Bemidji. We headed out of Bemidji and immediately got lost and could not find the actual river road. We had my phone gps and two different maps. It was very frustrating. We finally found our way to Bena, MN and almost blew right past it's claim to fame, the 65ft Tiger Muskie. I had to yell at Amy, "Stop!" She slammed on the breaks and thought we were about to be in an accident. I said to her, you didn't see the 65ft fish right there huh? LOL. The Muskie and the associated restaurant, Big Fish Supper Club, was made famous in the Chevy Chase movie National Lampoon Vacation.
After taking several pictures we headed south again briefly finding the Great River Road on our way to Grand Rapids, MN. Grand Rapids is home to the Judy Garland Museum. We learned way too much about Judy Garland. For instance, she started on prescription drugs around 13 or 14 and was addicted for the rest of her life. This also lead to her death. She was also married 5 times. Won't bore you with all the details but the museum was actually pretty cool! After we left Grand Rapids, MN every place we tried to go to was already closed including the Charles Lindbergh House and History Center.
Some thoughts on the day today. If a virus ever breaks out like you see on the Hollywood movies, make your way to northern Minnesota. You will never see any other humans. You can drive for an hour before you see a house! It is a very beautiful area that has very long, straight landscapes with long stretches of flat roads. If you are an outdoors person and especially if you like to fish or boat, this is the state for you. I think they lie about, "Land of 10,000 Lakes" I think it's more like 20,000. There is a lake everywhere you look! If you like to gamble, they have almost as many casinos.
Tomorrow should be a great day as we are going to walk across the street and check out the Mall of America and then take the train down to Target Field to go to the twins game!