Monday: Fun times! We went to Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. It’s the largest mall in the US. They have an aquarium and an amusement park in it. Then we drove on to Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Tuesday: We started the day with a hike in Hoffman Hills near Menomonie. It wasn’t particularly long or difficult, but it sure felt good to be hiking again. We left there and drove to Blue Earth, MN and saw the Jolly Green Giant statue before settling in a campground in Welcome, MN.
Wednesday: Have you ever seen a corn palace? I have. The only Corn Palace in the world is in Mitchell, South Dakota. Every year they decorate the outside with corn and other natural materials like the Rose Parade does, but no flowers, mostly cobs of corn of various colors cut in half and nailed on one by one following a pattern. It changes every year. I suggest going no earlier than August because they start decorating in June and they still weren’t quite finished. They also have some permanent pictures inside as well as photographs of most of them since 1892 when they built the first one. They painted the designs during World War II.
The afternoon was great too. We went to Wall, SD and visited the Wall Drug Store. It’s the biggest drug store I’ve ever been to. It’s like a whole mini mall inside one building. Yes, it does actually have a drug department. To make a long fascinating story short, the original owner gave himself 5 years to make it profitable back in the day of the Model T. His wife had the idea to offer free ice water to the multitude of Model T drivers that passed by. They still offer free ice water and 5 cent coffee (for those interested). They have a giant T-rex that roars to life every 12 minutes. The rest of the town is set up western style and is also interesting to see.