November 8, 2020

The Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota

The Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 8, 2020

Luke and Avery came home for a couple of nights this week which is always happy times for us.  On top of that, we had unseasonably warm weather in Minnesota as well, so lots of fun outdoors time was in store.

We had thought about voting via absentee ballots due to the virus, but then said screw it, "We can risk it."  Turns out we had nothing to worry about.  Our polling place wasn't busy at all and we were able to get in and out in 15 minutes.  Probably because everyone else did the absentee ballots.  Thanks for that, everyone.

We have a lot of big trees in our yard which keeps Miss Sheri pretty occupied in the Fall.  It seems like a never ending job to get all of the tree litter out of here.

On Saturday, we went to the Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota.  It's only a 15 minute drive from my house and I really can't believe I've never visited this place before.  It's a really cool blast from the past.

It's basically a series of old buildings from the local area that have been re-located to make it seem like a small town straight out of Little House on the Prairie.  When Miss Sheri worked for the schools, she used to come here on field trips with the kids.  She says they have people here dress up as folks from this era and they explain to the kids how things used to work back in the old days.  There weren't any of those people here today so we just had to figure out things on our own.

The building on the left was the old general store.  I'm guessing the one on the right was occupied by circus performers from back in the day who practiced their balancing act at all hours of the day by living in a house balancing on these old logs.  I'm sure they were very good at their craft.

I tried to explain to Blue what it was like living in a town like this back in the old days, but I'm not sure he was appreciating the education.  All he really seemed interested in learning about is if there were any kitties in there.

This is the Bloomington Ferry Church and it was built in 1868 by the Methodist Episcopal congregation.  It was actually ferried across the river twice, once in 1900 and once in 1970.  That had to be pretty scary attending church while the church was sitting on a boat on the river.

The Landing is nestled right next to the Minnesota River, so we thought it would be fun to take a walk along the river bank.

Many of the paths were well groomed which make for pleasant walking.

There were a lot of leaves in the woods.  I'm glad Miss Sheri didn't bring her rake or we would never have gotten out of there.

I've always suspected her of being a tree hugger, but I had no idea.

I felt like a kid again getting my senior photos taken.  I used to have more hair back then, though.

On Saturday night, we hooked up with our buddies, Sue & Ron Korkowski, at McCoy's Copper Pint.  A good time was had by all.

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