June 24th & 25th, 2016 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

We went to Fort Snelling State Park (pictures 1 – 6) today.  It is a very well done historical site with lots of access to original and reconstructed buildings, as well as, many volunteers that provide reenactments and information.  Fort Snelling was built at the confluence of Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and completed in 1825.  After its frontier days, it was used during the American Civil War as an induction station, during the Dakota (Indian) War of 1862, the Army used it as a concentration camp.  Soldiers from Fort Snelling fought in the Indian Wars, the Spanish–American War of 1898, and WW I.  Through WW II, the War Department chose Fort Snelling as the location for the Military Intelligence Service Language School to teach the Japanese language to Army personnel.  There is lot of history here and we recommend it to anyone who comes to Minneapolis.

We went to the Midtown Global Market, but it was a bit disappointing.  We were hungry and got a bit of a snack and then went to the Surly Brewing Company to get some good food.   There were a lot of breweries to choose from but this one had the most beers rated above a 4 on beer advocate.  We also found Leslie’s number 4 cupcake place in the country, Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique.

The Cathedral of Saint Paul (pictures 9 – 13) is one of the most distinctive cathedrals in the United States.  It sits on Cathedral Hill overlooking downtown St. Paul and is the third largest completed church in the United States.   It is dedicated to Paul the Apostle, who is also the namesake of the City of St. Paul.

Leslie finally got to go to the Mall of America.  She has been wanting to go here are Edmonton Mall for a very long time.  The mall is 4 stories built around a huge amusement park in the middle (see Lego’s in last picture).  There is every kind of store you can imagine there.  Luckily (or unluckily depending on whose point of view) we are in a small camper, so Leslie could not go crazy.

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