Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Road Trip - Day 2

When you end a post with the line, "More to come in Day 2" you have committed yourself.

Sunday dawned cool and sunny in New Ulm.  We had breakfast at the Ulmer Cafe.  It was a fine dining experience, but I don't believe it measured up to the Loon's Nest in Vergas - but both John and I are biased towards the Loon's Nest. 

What test did it fail you make ask?  The Ulmer makes French Toast with regular thin sliced white bread.  The Loon's Nest uses that thick sliced "Texas Toast" style white bread.  Need I say more?

We couldn't leave New Ulm without seeing Hermann (aka Arminius) the German.  I admit to knowing nothing of Hermann before visiting the monument.  For instance I didn't realize Hermann was a real, historic figure.


Thank goodness the monument was open at 10:00 on Sunday morning, giving us a chance to climb atop and observe New Ulm and the surrounding area from a commanding height.  The photo below was taken looking north towards downtown New Ulm and across the Minnesota River Valley.


After Hermann, we were off to Mankato for a Wacipi (or Pow Wow) honoring the 38 Dakota warriors who were hanged for their role in the Dakota-U.S. War.  The event was held at the Land of Memories Park along the Minnesota River.

It was John's first Pow Wow.  I had only been to one before.  We spent several hours enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells (fry bread, mmm).

After Mankato, we were off for home - but not without another stop or two.  Since our drive took us up highway 169 through St. Peter, I figured you can't start college visits too young.  So, the 12 year old John  and I took a little side trip around Gustavus.  Then we stopped at a nice coffee shop - River Rock Coffee.

Outside St. Peter we encountered our final destination in our historical weekend - the site of the Traverse des Sioux.  The site was the primary  crossing for Dakota and early traders.  It was once a trading post, and the location where the Dakota and whites entered into a treaty in 1851. 

The visitors' center was closing - it was 4:00 p.m. - but we hiked down to the river which was very low, allowing for some exploring along the dried mud shoreline.


We are already talking about possible themes/locations for the next road trip.

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