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We didn’t set out with the objective of seeing so much of the US, but hey, it’s all relative, so when you’re in the area you might as well….right?  After realizing we were driving through so many of the states we figured why skip Minnesota?  I mean, when will we get back this way?  The next logical questions was, what will we do there, to which the obvious answer was visit the Mall of America!  I’m not much of a shopper by some people’s standards, but there must be a reason why it is considered the most widely visited mall in the world….let’s go find out.

Once again parking was surprisingly easy for me with the Suburban.  It didn’t take long for all of us to see what the attraction was, there is definitely something for everyone at the Mall of America.  One of the first things we spied was another American Girl store.  Bonus!  We were there early enough I was able to book a lunch date for us, which absolutely thrilled A.  The two story store was draw dropping for A to see.  (Really hope she gets to see the NY store some day and that I have a video camera to capture the expression on her face.)








Lunch was super!  No regrets at all on the splurge!  Everyone enjoyed the meal, including Bell and the view of the indoor amusement park was novel to say the least.

The smile says it all!

Bell enjoyed her meal as well 🙂



















It wasn’t long until L spotted something he liked too.  A huge LEGO store.

Yes, that’s all LEGO in the background.

LEGO Woodie

LEGO Mosaic

































I managed to spend a considerable amount of time exploring a scrapbook store, which made me quite happy.

Our only other stop that day was in Burr Oak, Iowa at the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Home of Laura Ingalls










I still had quite a bit of driving ahead of me, which made for yet another long day, but it was peaceful.  We ended up camping in a Walmart parking lot again for the night.

Sleeping in the Suburban