Start: Madison, WI
End: Minneapolis, MN
Miles Driven: 302.8 (1741.3 total)
This morning Katrina had to drag Patrick out of our suite to set out for Minnesota. On the way, we stopped for some Wisconsin cheese and Katrina loaded up on free samples. Then it was straight driving until Minneapolis, where the Mall of America waited for us.
We arrived at America's biggest mall and were immediately overwhelmed. Even Katrina, who grew up with the country's second biggest mall, was awed by the multitude of shops and the amusement park around which the mall is centered. We decided to ride the roller coaster, so we bought our tickets, walked past the kiosk for lost children (apparently there are many), and hopped on. It definitely was not the fastest roller coaster either of us had ever ridden, but it was hands-down the best thrill we've had at a mall.
Once we had taken our fill of the mall, we headed downtown. After thoroughly freezing our butts off for two blocks, we realized that everyone else walking through the city was doing so above our heads, through glass walkways. Minneapolis's downtown is completely connected through the Sky Way, a network of heated glass tunnels one story above the street. A person can walk 10 city blocks without stepping a foot outside.
Which we did, in our journey to the Target Center to watch the Timberwolves-Rockets NBA game. Katrina was very excited to watch her first live NBA game, and the action did not disappoint. The Timberwolves pulled out a win with the combo of Kevin Garnett's dominance and Yao Ming's clumsiness. We then headed back to our hotel (which was no Clarion Suites, Madison) to crash for the evening.