We’ve made it to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Here we were staying with one of Katie’s friends Elyse, who lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. We had planned to spend a few days there to break up the driving time a little bit.
Sunday was spent walking around near the Mississippi River. They have left some of the ruins along the riverside so that people can walk through them. There was also the Mill City Museum, which was built in to the ruins of an old flour mill. Down below the old Pillsbury factory there were some trails where you could get fairly close to the Mississippi.
Later in the day, after some cooling off at the house, we rented bikes from a bike share program in Minneapolis/St. Paul called Nice Ride. It lets you take out the bikes from any station around the city for half hour intervals and return to any other station in the city. That was perfect for us because we were able to explore the city much faster. Honestly, I didn’t know much about Minneapolis before I came here, and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. The streets are bike friendly, they have a sunken bike lane which goes for five miles, and most of the lakes in the city have public parks around them.
Day two in Minnesota we traveled up to Interstate State Park in Taylor’s Falls, which is about an hour outside of Minneapolis on the St. Croix River. There is another state park on the other side of the river, this one in Wisconsin. Interstate State Park has some really cool geological formations, with it being located on the site of a glacial river. Through time, ‘potholes‘ would form on the river bed, as a result of eddies on the rock creating depressions that eventually turned into what we have today, hollowed out round rock formations that have smooth walls. There was one that the park has created stairs down to, which they called Bake Oven. The park had a metal grate over the water that was still in the bottom of Bake Oven, which you could stand on and look straight up out of.
We ended our last day in Minnesota watching the sunset from Witch’s Hat Tower in Prospect Park. We head off to beautiful South Dakota next, for Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Monument, and more!