2008 Western Adventure
Day 7 - June 26, 2008
I woke up to another cloudy
day, but it didn't look like rain clouds overhead...thank goodness.
I was anxious to get to Minneapolis, so I hustled to get loaded and
on my way. My anxiety made the trip seem longer than it should
have been. Once I arrived in Minneapolis my GPS told me to
turn at Ft Snelling, a familiar place to me when I was a
child. Unfortunately, my GPS directed my onto on a road that
lead me to a military guarded gate. The roads were totally
unfamiliar to me, but I knew which direction to go, so I used my
dead reckoning skills (yeah, right) to find my way to the street
that I used to live on when I was 4 - 6 years old. Of course,
the street seem much smaller and the trees much bigger. My old
house was a different color and had been remodeled some over the
years. They also build a garage in the alley. After
taking a picture of the old house, I proceeded to my old school,
which was old when I attended Kindergarten, and first grade. I
did remember a little bit about the school, Morris Park Elementary.
Then I headed for the house
that we lived in next, which was last house that we lived in before
we move to California. I was 9 years old when we moved. I
remembered this house more vividly, but again the street we much
wider when I lived there. At first I thought the house was
empty because the grass hadn't been cut for ages, then I saw someone
come out of the house. I guess they were just to busy to keep
up the yard. There was a sign in the front yard, but I
couldn't tell what it was because of the tall weeds. I then
proceeded to the other school that I went to in Minneapolis,
Hiawatha Elementary. I remembered that they would flood the
playground in the winter so we would had an ice rink. That's
where I learn to Ice skate. I remember a painful fall on my
face, and a very bloody nose. That didn't stop me from skating
A must see, was Minnehaha
Park, which is located in between the two houses that I lived.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of time there. That was back in
the day when our mother's didn't have to take us to the park and
watch us like a mother hawk. It was a big park to us back
then, and to my surprise is still a big park. Minnehaha creek
runs down the middle of the park, and there's a 50 foot water fall
in the park. They've add so many nice features to the park,
including a nice restaurant called the Sea Salt. At the East
end of the park you can see the Mississippi River. What a trip
into my past. I was so busy gawking that I didn't take near
the pictures that I wanted. Memories....Memories!!
Once I got my fill of old
memories of the neighborhoods, I headed West through downtown
Minneapolis. The only thing I remembered was the Foshay Tower,
which was the tallest building back in the 40's (32 floors and 607
feet to the top of the antenna). It was almost hidden by some
of the newer buildings.
Soon I was clear of the town,
and heading Northwest towards my next destination, Portland, ND.
I made it as for as Wadena, MN that afternoon, and stopped there for
dinner and hopefully a good nights sleep. I had the dinner,
but I didn't get to sleep until very late....again.