Carla drove us through the panhandle of Idaho and then to Billings, MT today.
Really pretty scenery in Montana!
We saw the “Lady of the Rockies” 90 foot tall statue!
We didn’t plan on making it all the way to Billings today, and we had a reservation at a nice KOA in Billings for tomorrow night, but they didn’t have anything for tonight so we had to cancel the reservation and forfeit the $100! Ouch!!
We ended up trying to stay at a Walmart parking lot, but there were some pretty sketchy looking people staying there and we didn’t feel comfortable. We relocated to a Cabela’s, which was much better, but we were crammed next to other RVs in their RV parking section.
So…$100 forfeited in exchange for a Cabela’s parking lot, but it means we get home a day earlier since we made great headway and we are glad for that!
We head to North Dakota tomorrow, which is one of the remaining four new states for us!!
As we got toward the eastern part of Montana, the landscape started changing to look like the badlands
We made our way to Minnesota today! One more state off the list. Tonight, we will go to Wisconsin in the jeep to knock it off the list as well.
As soon as we got the RV parked, we headed straight to Mall of America! Carla and I had been here years ago before moving back to Arkansas.
It is really hard to explain how massive the mall is. There are two and sometimes three of the same store at opposite ends of the mall.
Giant corridors like the one below are all over the place, and then there is a massive open interior where an amusement park sits.
Now that you’ve seen a glimpse of the mall, here are some incredible facts about it:
Mall of America Fun Facts
- 4 out of 10 visitors to Mall of America are tourists
- 4.3 miles of total store front footage
- 7 Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the Mall
- 24 rides and attractions in Nickelodeon Universe®
- 32 Boeing 747s could fit inside the Mall
- 65 semi trucks were needed to transport trees to the theme park to
- 70 degrees create the outdoor feel of an indoor park inside Mall of America no matter if it is spring, summer, winter or fall
- 86 hours is the length of time it would take to complete your visit to the Mall if you were to spend just 10 minutes in each store
- 258 Statues of Liberty could lie inside the Mall
- 350+ events are held at Mall of America each year
- 520+ stores are located in Mall of America
- 5,000+ weddings have been performed at Mall of America
- 11,000 year-round employees at Mall of America (13,000 during peak periods)
- 12,550 on-site parking spaces at Mall of America in two ramps
- 30,000+ live plants and 400 live trees climbing as high as 35 feet tall in Nickelodeon Universe
- 32,000+ tons of trash recycled each year
- 170,000+ Legos have been lost in the LEGO ® play area
- 1.2 million-gallon aquarium at SEA LIFE Minnesota (formerly Underwater Adventures)
- 4.2 million square feet of gross building area
- 40 million visitors annually which is more than the combined populations of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada
- 130+ million number of rides in the park since opening
We left the Mall of America and drove about 25 minutes to Wisconsin! One more state off the list!
Unfortunately, the grocery store didn’t have any stickers or magnets like we always collect from each state, so we headed to Target.
We went to Walmart next, but no stickers or magnets there either! We then tried a gas station, but no luck. Carla found a T/A truckstop a few miles down the road and we found a magnet! it was weird pulling into a truckstop without the RV.
We headed back to the RV, which was almost an hour away at this point. There are lots of Indian-related things around here, including the casino next door. They make a cool teepee out of spotlights at night time.
Today was a significant day. It was our last day of driving away from home. Not just on this trip, but in the RV for good. We are going to try to sell the RV when we get home. Tomorrow we head to Omaha to knock Nebraska off our list! That will leave only Hawaii!