Family31 Dec 2009 03:20 pm
The kids with Santa at Bentleyville

The kids with Santa at Bentleyville

Back when we were planning for the San Francisco trip, I got side-tracked and decided a trip to Duluth for Christmas would be fun.  I got us a great mid-week deal on a room at the The Edge.  The kids loved it last summer and it was even more fun this time.  We spent two nights, had bunk beds for the kids, and could barely drag them away from the water slide you ride on the tube.  Both kids were much more comfortable and confident in the environment.  In a couple years, they probably won’t even be waiting for us to catch up.

Our trips to Duluth always have a variety of things going on and most are spontaneous plans.  However, this time we did have another planned adventure.  We had train tickets for December 23rd to go from Fitger’s down to Bayfront Park to visit Bentleyville.  We said hi to my cousin Rachel who was working at Wintergreen and then rode in the upper level of a double-decker train.  Bentleyville was a pretty cool production.  There were tons of light displays, including Enger Tower and an ore ship going under the Ariel Lift Bridge (while you could see the real bridge lit up nearby).  We saw Frosty and Santa’s reindeer walking around, had hot chocolate, cookies, and even toasted marshmallows over a fire.  The kids waited to see Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.  Bode told Santa “anything you want to bring me is fine”.  They got hats and cookies from Santa and we took the train back.

Earlier in the day, while the waterpark was closed, we went out to find some fun.  We ended up at UMD.  We did a little shopping for some UMD merchandise and talked about how this was where mom and dad met and had gone to college.  Bode asked to see our classrooms so we took a little walk around.  After that, we continued on our way over to Superior.  The last couple times we’d been up, the kids had wanted to go across the bridge to Wisconsin.  It’s sort of a novelty to cross the bridge and be in a different state.  We met up with my friends Molly and Grant for a good lunch at C’s while we were over there.  After a quick trip to Northwest Outlet, we headed back to Minnesota and down to Canal Park.  With a strong wind and cold weather, the area was empty.  Parking was great and we played around for a bit before heading back for a little swimming.

The winter weather had started as we got ready to leave on the 24th.  We left a snowy Duluth and headed home to Rochester for some snow and rain.  It was a fun family vacation.

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