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Days One And Two Of My Midwestern Support Group Trip

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Days One And Two Of My Midwestern Support Group Trip

Pattie and I just returned home, following a five day trip back to Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The trip was part business and part pleasure.  We flew out of Tampa Saturday afternoon, arriving in Minneapolis about 8:30 PM.  The flight was non-stop, which was nice.

Sunday we shopped Mall of America.  If you haven’t been there, the world’s largest mall is massive.  It features four levels, with plans for more. The first three levels are primarily shopping, with two large food courts and a dozen or so independent sit-down restaurants.

All of the restaurants feature exotic themes with decor to match.  Rainforest Cafe is a well known example of this.

Several of the restaurants and food court locations have been remodeled with a retro 50’s diner theme.  They were all busy.  What’s not to love?  Malts, sundaes and greasy hot fries and burgers.

How I wish I could eat that stuff–although I did sample a cream-filled chocolate cookie sandwich from the Toll-house counter.

And I did break-down later in the trip to share an old fashioned malt at our favorite drive-in, located in historic Taylors Falls, Minnesota on Tuesday… Lots of fun!

Mall of America was quite a work-out.  I walked all three floors of the mall in several hurried hours.  The good news is my stamina is returning, and I recover from extended exercise much more quickly.

Mid-afternoon, we headed east to meet several multiple myeloma survivors and their wives in Menominee, Wisconsin, which is located about an hour from the Twin Cites.

We dinned at a place called “Jake’s on the Lake.”  The food was excellent and the view tranquil from our waterside table.  We then took a pontoon boat ride until dark.  One of our hosts, “Captain Mike”, gave us a tour of the lake.  Sorry that I don’t have any pictures…

It had been a long day.  Next stop:  Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where I would be speaking to a myeloma support group on Monday.  I will continue our travelogue tomorrow–including some thoughts about how to stay healthy while traveling.

Until then, feel good and keep smiling!  Pat