Friday, March 28, 2008

Big indoor spaces

A suburb of Minneapolis is where they build the first indoor mall ever. That was an indication of things to come. When the weather is as cold as it is here they need lots of big indoor spaces. We visited a few of them. Here we are at Mall of America. There is a amusement park in the middle of the mall. The kids had so much fun doing the rides. One of the roller coasters was almost more than I could handle. I certainly could never do it again. Ainsley did it twice. After torturing me with it, she convinced Nathan to do it with her. Crazy girl.

We also went to the world's largest indoor water park. This place was amazing. It has a play structure in the middle of a pool. There was a surfing simulator, a huge wave pool, the longest indoor river in the country, and so many tubes it was mind boggling. The biggest slide, called the Family Raft Ride, is 10 stories high and you ride a raft that they pull up for you on a chain elevator. It was amazing.

We also went to an indoor play park that is so fun. It has a pool, two gyms, track, and a play structure to end all play structures. Think of the biggest fast food play area you have ever seen, then stack about 4 of them together.

I know it is colder here, but it rains enough in Oregon I don't understand why we don't have this sort of indoor stuff!
For our last night we went to Famous Dave's BBQ for dinner. It was so fun. They have bands that play there every night. The food was great. Their slogan is, "We love vegetarians, they make us laugh."
We have had such a fun Spring Break. Ainsley said to me, "If I decide to move to Minnesota will you come and visit me, like for my wedding?" I think that that is a pretty good indication that she is enjoying herself. And yes Ainsley, I will come visit you wherever you live. Especially for your wedding.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you guys had such an AWESOME time in Minnesota. Have you heard that it snowed HERE! We woke up to snow on the ground yesterday. Crazy! Have a safe (and uneventful -- hint, hint Camden) flight home. Heather
P.S. Tell Andy I'm proud of him for supporting his Duke team, even after their NCAA tournament showing.

Jenne said...

I second the notion that Oregon needs more indoor play places. Ah, let me be more specific: Portland's working class East side needs more indoor play places. There are only so many McDonald's playland hours one family can log in the rainy season before you eventually break down and buy a Big Mac.

Ally said...

Wow, what a fun time! I agree that we with rainy climates need more of this fun indoor stuff.