Today we took a 12 mile drive over to the Mall of America, one of the main reasons for our stay in this area. The mall has two large parking garages that hold over 20 thousand cars, making all parking out of the weather and near an entrance. There are three floors of stores in a ring about a half mile in circumference. A fourth floor goes about half way around the circle.
In the center of the circle there is a fairly large amusement park.
Along the edge of the amusement park is a very large Lego store with huge figures made from legos.
Now, we are a pretty daring couple, so we decided to look at getting on one of the rides if we could find one that would meet our our high level of challenge. The one in the picture below has you sit in spinning seats with movable wings.
It then takes you up in the air and spins you around.
It seemed a little tame for us, so we skipped it. The next one looked fairly harmless. A U-shaped track that supports a giant skateboard with two sets of spinning seats as it rocks back and forth.
The skateboard takes you up to a total vertical position, then drops you straight down. Again, not much of a challenge, so we passed on it.
The next ride appeared a bit more challenging. First you ride a car straight up.
For a brief moment you sit on the top, then you . . .
. . . drop straight down and into a few hairpin turns.
While more challenging than the first two rides, it still wasn’t up to our standards, so we moved on.
Then we found it, the perfect blend of rises, drops, and high rates of speed! A perfect ride for two dare-devils ! ! !
After walking around two of the levels, it was time for a short break. With hundreds of stores (520+) and many food and drink shops, we were able to locate a Minneapolis favorite where we tasted some of the local fare.
Tomorrow the forecast is for good weather so we’ll take the bicycles for a ride in downtown Minneapolis. If the weather is dry on Monday we will continue our journey to Fargo, ND.