Little House on the Prairie - August 2009

August 24, 2009

Day 4 was a good day, but long.  We started the day with a trip to Pepin, Wisconsin for stops at the Museum and birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. We got to Pepin before the Museum opened, so we went to the reconstructed log cabin at her birthplace and viewed it before coming back to Pepin for the Museum.  After finished with Pepin, we headed to the Twin Cities.  We crossed the Mississippi the last 2 times for a total of 8 crossing during our trip.

Our first stop was at the Giant Stucco Snowman north of St Paul, then on to the Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Giant Spoon and Wienery (Diners, Drive-In & Dives) for lunch.  We then headed for Mall of America.

Our first event at the Mall was the Aquarium then I took Donny to the Nickelodeon Amusement park in the middle of the Mall while Naomi shopped. After about 3 hours of rides & shopping, we got back together for one last trip through the Aquarium and dinner at Johnny Rocket's before a long drive to Springfield, Minnesota for the night.

We arrived at the hotel around 11PM, I was able to get the pictures uploaded the next morning due to a rain delay.

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Mississippi RIver, again!!

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Laura!

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Pepin, WI

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Not as cute as Laura

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Replica house where Laura was born in the Big Woods

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inside the house

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water fountain pump

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someone chopped down the Big Woods and planted Corn!!

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in the museum

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nothing in the museum belongs to the Ingalls

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Donny driving a River Boat

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across from museum at the Amish Hotel

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Old School house near the birthplace of Laura, now a house

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Cheese Curd festival, there really is festival for everything

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Mississippi River again

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as close to Mickey as I am going to get

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Giant Stucco Snowman

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wonder how they get the flag up there

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Mary Tyler Moore Statue

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I didn't have a hat, so I threw my sun visor

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sculpture museum in Minneapolis

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Feature on Diners, Drive - Ins and Dives

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Mitch and Donny at the counter

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food was great!!!

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Finally got the the Mall of the America

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expect a more impressive enterance

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Donny about to get eaten by the shark

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Sponge Bob

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Donny with his favorite character

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Nick theme park in the Mall or as we call it, Sponge Bob World

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Sharky

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Shark Tunnel entrance

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Shark tunnel

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the tank from Finding Nemo

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kids play area

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one huge lobster

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will never go on this ride

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upside down and spinning around and around

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Sharky

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view of the mall, taken as I walked around

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Disney store, only exciting since we don't have any near us in AR

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Sponge Bob from up above

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Sanrio Store

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Hello Kitty!!!

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Lego's

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yuck

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Donny rode this

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one of Donny's favorite rides

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who gave this kid a license

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up, up and away he goes

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down he goes

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didn't even get wet

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some chicken with a girl we don't know

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back to the aquarium

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sponge bob in the aqurium

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Jaws

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love sea horses

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Nemo tank

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good bye Mall!!

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