On our way to Minneapolis/St. Paul area we over nighted at another Cabela’s about 30 miles south. There were several other campers there with us. Marcus had fun making giraffe shadows as the sun was setting. The next day we headed to the Mall of America. The largest mall in the United States. We drove the whole rig and found parking no problem. We spent a couple hours walking around looking at all the stores. Cali and I did buy a few things at Old Navy while Marc and Marcus discussed the details of commercial real estate. We had lunch at Kokomos and then decided we had had enough. We tried to get into a local campground, but they were full. We decided we would go to a park for the afternoon, cook dinner and then stay at Walmart until the next day. At the park we hiked some trails, the kids went swimming in the lake and I cooked some dinner. We went for another walk and then headed out. When we arrived at Walmart we found No Overnight Parking signs. We have an overnight parking app that said we would be able to park here, but it isn’t always correct. So what to do….By now it was 8 o’clock so we drove the 30 miles back to Cabela’s. Being on the road has really made me be more relaxed. I usually freak out when we don’t have a plan, but now we just go with what ever comes our way. Things always work out, just maybe not like we had planned, but that’s ok.
The next day, Sunday, we were about to move to Lebonan Valley Regional Park. It was $30 a night for full hookups. It was a great campground right on a bike path and only about 12 miles to St. Paul. While we were here we visited my friend Shannon, toured the Capitol and spent an afternoon at Ikea (always a favorite.) We went for several bike rides.
We really enjoyed our time here. Seeing friends was really the highlight. Before we left we stopped by the Minnesota State History Museum. Shannon had told us is was a good museum and it exceeded our expectations. We went on Tuesday night and it was free. It may be the best history museum we have ever been to. We first learned about Minnesota’s presence in the Civil War and then about the Dakota Wars. We follow the life of a house and its residents over 150 years which was really neat. We took apart a bison to learn how each part would be used by the Indians. We were able to see what it was like to plow a field using oxen. We went down in a mine and used explosives to extract ore. These are only a few of the cool activities. If you are ever in St. Paul make sure to check it out.