This year we kicked off the MN State Fair season on day 6 of the fair due to a poorly timed trip to Las Vegas. Nick, Kristen, Whitney, and I headed to the fairgrounds early in hopes of clear roads and clearer skies. We were not disappointed.
Nick, Kristen, Whitney, and I kicked off our 2016 fair season with a two and a half hour drive around the fairgrounds, followed by a trip to two different park and rides, where we parked street side and squeezed onto a full shuttle. [insert not pleased face]
Three hours after our intended arrival time, the food marathon began! We also took a trip through the Miracle of Birth Center (baby goats and lambs and stinky pigs!), got prime spots at the fish pond, visited the pet center, and rode on one of the sky rides. Also Nick’s grandparents were there, so we got to chat for a little bit.
New (to me) foods consumed:
- Burnt Butt Ends at RC BBQ
- Candied Bacon BLT at The Blue Barn
- French Toast Bites at The Blue Barn
- Banana Cinnamon & Cream Johnny Pop
- Candied Bacon Donut Sliders at MN Wine Country
- Cucumber Lemonade at French Meadow Bakery
- Loaded Tots at Tot Boss
- Tater Tot Nachos at Tot Boss
In the morning the skies were overcast and the seas looked rough. Kristen, Nick, and I decided to skip out on the dive while Curtis decided to brave the seas. As it turned out, Rudy ended up delaying the dive until 1 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions.
I hit the pool around 8:30 a.m. and Curtis joined me shortly thereafter. We were the only ones until another couple came down and took a bunch of chairs by us, leaving us with one extra. We ended up moving to the other side of the pool to get more chairs and getting an umbrella because it was hot and my forehead was toasty from the day before.
I ordered a few Island Coolers and pre lunch ceviche. The boys left at 1 p.m. to dive, and Kristen abandoned me to get a massage. Out of fear of burning, I headed back to the room until Kristen got back. We ended up walking down the beach and having lunch at Estel’s. I had a chicken quesadilla. Kristen had french toast which seemed really weird to me.
On our way back from lunch the sky looked ominious and a rainbow formed over the ocean. We made it back before the rain came.
We were all pretty tuckered out in the evening, so we ordered pizza and watched Ted 2.
The interwebs are actually working tonight! While everyone else is in bed at 9 p.m., I’m sitting here uploading photos to the blog.
Last night I slept like a baby. Traveling is exhausting, even when you’re just sitting on a plane or in the airport for hours. I woke up at 5 a.m. completely refreshed, and also ecstatic that there was still two hours before my alarm went off.
Kristen made us breakfast, as per usual. Egg sandwiches with (get this) cream cheese. What an amazing idea. Imma need to do this at home.
After our two dives we had lunch poolside. Ceviche and coconut shrimps, mmm. I stayed behind and took a dip while everyone else went inside. As I was toweling off I realized I sunscreened everywhere but my chest, so let’s hope I don’t regret that tomorrow.
Nick and Kristen took a trip into town for snacks and sunnies. They came back with a tote of soda. Nick’s gonna fall off the wagon hard again, and it’s going to be amazing.
The lack of a good WiFi connection makes me sad. I have to stand on the patio if I want to post a photo to Snapchat or Instagram, and any desire to post photos on the blog is a pipe dream. On the bright side, it’s saving me money because I can’t take advantage of all the Black Friday deals.
It rained a couple of times today, but it happened when we were either under the water or relaxing in the room, so I consider that a big win. Despite the on and off sprinkles, it’s still hot and humid. I’m not complaining, because I saw pictures of snow at home.
Nick abandoned us for dinner to work out (wtf?), so cklahr and I went to Caramba. I had a giant pina colada, which I blame 100% for my stomach splitting at the seams, and coconut curry shrimp once again. I’ve only recently discovered that I like curry, so I’m making up for lost time. So far this was the best coconut curry I’ve had.