Heading West travel blog

Welcome to Minnesota

Ho, Ho, Ho Green Giant!

Swimming under Grandpa's keen eye

Look at that corn, some of it is looking pretty bad our...

Popcorn on a cob, a little bland

After some severe thunderstorms early this morning, we all slept in until most of the rain had passed. We were on the road by 11:00 heading towards Minnesota. We traveled 245 miles today. The kids each had a video to watch, which really makes these travel days bearable for them. We stopped late for a picnic lunch at a rest area along I-90. We are noticing a change at the rest areas too. On our way west, they were always bustling with people, now they seem almost deserted. We crossed over into Minnesota and stopped at the travel rest stop to see what Minnesota had to offer along I-90. We learned that Blue Earth, MN is the home of the Jolly Green Giant. The corn and peas for the Green Giant brand of frozen foods are grown in this area. We could have taken a tour of their processing plant, but it was closed on Saturdays, bummer!!! We settled for a picture of the Jolly Green Giant. Can you see Karissa between his feet? That will give you an idea of how big the statue is. We continued on to our campsite near Albert Lea, Minnesota, the home of Spam. Grandpa tried to explain what Spam is made of and that was enough to turn the kids off from wanting to visit the Spam museum. Minnesota sure knows how to celebrate their food. It was a cool cloudy day today, so when the kids hit the pool, it was chilly, but they swam anyway. This was a big pool, one end was 11 feet deep, but they continue to challenge themselves, while mastering their canyon ball jumps. We had a nice dinner by the corn fields and for an evening snack we popped some corn on the cob, which we bought at the Corn Palace.

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