26.08.2011 - 26.08.2011 83 °F
We woke up late this morning in our Best Western hotel across the street from the mammoth Mall of America. We didn't leave the room until 10am. We were relieved that there was no driving today, but excited about the upcoming day. We were also a little sad that there would be no site or thoughts of the river today as we would be staying in the city.
We did have a little bit of a scare before we left the room though. It seems, there are multiple things going on in the next town we plan to spend the night in, La Crosse, WI. We found this out when we went online to pick out motel rooms and only found a few low end hotels with unfavorable reviews mentioning "bed bugs", "unclean", "bad management". We finally decided to look through our guide book on the area just north of La Crosse and saw a hotel we really wanted to stay at when we were first reading the book a month ago. It's called the Historic Trempealeau Hotel, Restaurant & Saloon. It is the sole survivor of an 1888 downtown fire in Trempealeau. It has a really nice deck overlooking the Mississippi River and one of the lock and dams that the boats go through.
This morning we missed our free hotel breakfast so we walked over to IHOP near our restaurant and had a nice breakfast. We then walked across the street to the Mall of America. This place is so big! According to the guidebook it is 4.2 million square feet. To put that into perspective, it is as large as seven Yankee stadiums. The guidebook says it would take 86 hours to complete your visit if you spent just 10 minutes in each store. We ended up staying in the the Mall for about 4hrs and saw maybe 1/3 of the mall. Mia had a great time at the American Girl Store. Going in I told her she had a budget of $25. We left spending $75... LOL.. Here is something I find very odd and wrong, everything in the American Girl store is made in China. What's up with that? While in the mall we did not hit the Nickelodeon Amusement park or the Marine Life Aqaurium.
In the late afternoon we decided to take the light rail downtown. We first stopped at the Minneapolis Sculpture garden which is famous for the cherry and spoon. We ended up spending about 30 minutes there before heading towards Target Field. We had about an 1hr 1/2 to kill before the game so we got an appetizer and a few drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe, which has a very large outdoor patio facing the Target Center where the Timberwolves play.
We finished off our day at Target Field to watch the Twins take a beating from the Detroit Tigers. I realized that it sucks when you have a baseball team that has no power hitters in the lineup and have middle of the road pitching. However, we enjoyed the game and really enjoyed the stadium. It is an absolutely beautiful place with the cityscape in the background.
We are looking forward to tomorrow as we should actually be able to make it onto the river tomorrow on a 2hr eco cruise!
Good luck to all of our friends and family back home. We are thinking about you and watching WMUR on our phones to keep updated on the impending hurricane.