18 August 2009

Day Trips from Billings II

Day Trip: BIL to MSP

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This Mall of America is an amazing place: a very big place with all kinds of kiddie entertainment in the middle, kind of like a carnival or fun fair. Lots of shopping. Good restaurants. And some fairly good exercise just by walking around. We spent about half the day walking and still did not see all the stores that desperately wanted to sell us some stuff. Sadly, the Lake Woebegone Store is no more. Some big department stores still survive on the corners, i.e. Macy's, Sears, and a couple others too.

We had a couple of excellent meals, evening and mid-day at Twin City Grill and Napa Valley Grille. The extra "e" on Grill usually adds about $20 or $25 to the tab. Still, it was pretty good food and drink at both places.

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Downtown Billings in the SummerTime

Downtown Billings in the SummerTime
At The BrewPub on Broadway

Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix in the Winter Time

Good Cheese Here

Good Cheese Here
Vermont Cheddar & Minnesota Blue

TAKE TIME FOR PARADISE

TAKE TIME FOR PARADISE
Dehler Park, Billings MT, July 2008 This is what Bart Giamatti recommends for good mental health.

Me and Joan

Me and Joan
Early elderly and middle middle age: We May Know Something You Don't

Mrs America

Mrs America
Fortunately these girls had a good-looking mother

Rimrocks @ Billings MT

Rimrocks @ Billings MT
“In beholding old stones we may feel our anxieties about our achievements–and lack of them–slacken . . . Vast landscapes [and seascapes] can have an anxiety–reducing effect similar to ruins, for they are the representatives of infinite space, as ruins are the representatives of infinite time, against which our weak, short-lived bodies seem no less inconsequential than those of moths or spiders.”—Alain de Botton in Status Anxiety

Easter Sunday at St Patrick's Co-Cathedral

Easter Sunday at St Patrick's Co-Cathedral
12 April 2009

Pleasant Hillside at Hustisford, AKA The Grassy Knoll for you conspiracy buffs

Pleasant Hillside at Hustisford, AKA The Grassy Knoll for you conspiracy buffs
A Lot of Muellers Are Buried Here