Monthly Archives: July 2014

Crossing the Mississippi, Westbound

Growing up I didn’t think much of crossing the Mississippi River. Living in Minneapolis that river was not much of a continental boundary line. For example, I crossed the Mississippi every school day in high school.

Today we crossed the Mississippi River for the last time on our trip. I noted the passing to everyone as Tiny drove over the I-35W bridge and we all said goodbye to the mighty river at St Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.** Although we’ve been heading East for a while now, crossing the Mississippi is definitely a boundary line for us. We are now clearly driving into the West again. Portland is about 2000 miles and 3 weeks away.

The last month has been mostly about visiting family and friends in the Midwest. One final “thank you” to everyone that hosted us over the last month – you know who you are. You made us feel at home, whether it was for an evening visiting or a week of sharing your house. It was a good time – documented in part with a number of pictures below.

We’re now back in Tiny and feeling very relaxed to be on the road. For all that we love our family and friends, it feels good to be moving again. The landscape changed some as we rolled out of the wooded areas of central Minnesota to the farm and prairie of southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. And we’ll see the wildly different landscape (moonscape?) of the South Dakota Badlands tomorrow.

We have just a few more big landmarks (and many small ones – like the Corn Palace today) – Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and more TBD – and then we’ll be home. As long as we continue to find good campground electrical hookups we will be fine, even with the hotter temps coming our way. Betsy gets cranky in the heat, so AC is a requirement for happy camping. But we’re done with the East – goodbye Mississippi River!

** As we learned at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, St Anthony Falls is the reason Minneapolis was founded here in the 1800’s. A waterfall meant power for the lumber and flour mills which thrived well into the mid-1900’s. We visited the Mill City Museum on this trip and found it surprisingly lively, enjoyable, and informative (for all 4 of us). It helped that Betsy and I got in free using our Visa card’s Museums on Us weekend.