Friday, September 1. Moving day. Although we did not have to leave our campsites until 3:00 pm, we packed up, had our tanks emptied and rinsed, and were ready to leave by noon. There was a lot of construction and a lot of holiday weekend traffic as we drove to Inver Grove Heights where I store my camper. Tom is also storing his trailer there and staying with me for the next few days, as he was unable to find an RV park that had an open site for the Labor Day week.
Sunday, September 3. Yesterday was Charlotte's birthday, so we were invited to Ben and Jill's for dinner. We made a fruit salad, Lois made potato salad, and Ben and Jill made steak kebabs for dinner. It was a wonderful afternoon of hanging out with family, having a couple of beers, and playing with the kids.
We watched "Flags of Our Fathers", the story of the battle at Iwo Jima and the famous photo of the soldiers raising the flag. It was after midnight when it was finally over.
After a good, healthy breakfast, we headed over to see Lock and Dam No. 1, the first of 27+ locks between Minneapolis and New Orleans. It was very informative and interesting, we probably spent a couple of hours there. Next stop was Minnehaha Falls, a beautiful and popular tourist attraction in the city.
I had a coupon for $10 off a dinner at Bunny's Pub and Grill, not too far from my house. We had dinner there before heading to Ben and Jill's to babysit for the girls, so they could go out for an evening by themselves - a rare occasion for them. They had extra benefits with us here - 2 episodes of a movie and stories. I read to the twins and Tom read to Charlotte and with all of the shenanigans like potty, drinks of water, tuck me in - they were finally settled in and asleep by 8:30.