Thursday, July 25, 2013

Minnehaha Falls!

We had already scheduled our 2+ days in Minnesota with lots of family and friends, but at the last minute, we added one more stop.  On our way out of town, before the long drive back to Illinois, we stopped at Minnehaha Falls.  This gorgeous site is part of the inspiration of Longfellow's poem, "The Song of Hiawatha".  These falls occurs near the end of Minnehaha Creek, before it flows into Lake Hiawatha - and all of that is within the city limits of Minneapolis, along with 8 other lakes!  Seeing the falls was refreshing, invigorating, and - nostalgic.  Scott and I used to go here when we were dating...just a few years ago.

You can't make up stuff like this!  While in Minnesota, we were driving a state highway, through lots of small towns. All of a sudden, Scott says - "look at that guy, walking a chicken!". I told him to slow down so I could take a picture.  Turns out, he wasn't walking a chicken, he was trying to catch it!  (apparently there is a Rocky reference about such a feat, but I wasn't aware of it) This was being watched by the man's friends, who all thought this was pretty funny!

One of our hosts for the visit is Mick (on the right), one of the ever-young Hudson brothers.  Can you tell they are related? We had a great time visiting with Mick and my sister-in-law, Marlys.

The main purpose of our trip was visiting Scott's mom, Maurine.  She is our last surviving parent, and gets special care at Avera Morningside Heights in Marshall.  She held our hands, gave kisses, and told us she loved us. Wish we could see her more often.  Every time we see her is so special.

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