Mall of America, More Friends, Cubs (10.22)

I left Bryan and Kendra’s place at 8am, eager to get on the road as I had a large amount of driving to cover.  I needed to cross Minnesota and get into Wisconsin to catch up with my friends Leslie and Tom.

It was 30F when I got into my car.  I had started the heat before leaving the house so the car was nice and comfortable.  There was quite a bit of fog for the first two hours of driving.  I made it into Minneapolis and to the Mall of America about 2pm.  I’m not a big fan of malls, but I wanted to see just how big this mall is.  It’s huge.  I’d guess 3 times larger than the largest mall I had previously seen.

The mall is four levels and built around a large central area that contains an amusement park.  Really.  It’s covered in a dome so the entire structure is indoors.  I walked around one level of the mall and only stopped to buy two truffles. 🙂  I took a few pictures of the amusement park in the center.


My destination for the night was my friend’s place in Chippewa Falls.  While charging near their place, I took two pictures of the trees with different colored leaves.

After charging to 90%, I arrived at their home just after dark.  Leslie and I have known each other for about twenty years but this was my first time meeting her husband Tom and their daughter Finley.  I also met their dog, Jimmy, and we became friends instantly.

Leslie had cooked chicken tacos for all of us and Tom made some deep-friend Wisconsin cheese curds that I had to try.  Both were excellent and I, once again, over-ate.  🙂  We watched the Cubs game as they won the pennant for the first time in 71 years.  I took Tom and Jimmy for a ride in the Tesla. Tom loved it!  Jimmy fell asleep.  I think we have another convert. 😉

At the end of the night, I settled down on the couch and noticed Jimmy was staying with me on the couch.  I woke up in the middle of the night to feel him curled up against my back sleeping.  🙂

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