Simply the Simmonds Life

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Road Trip! May 30, 2010

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 10:38 pm

Due to an excessive amount of vacation time I had to use by my anniversary date or lose it, I have had some days off during the week to extend my weekends into long weekends.  I have been having so much fun with the extra time off.  Yesterday, my cousin Janeen and I decided to take a road trip.  Normally when we get a day off together like this (which is extremely rare) we will head to Nisswa or just go out for a margarita or something quick and close.  This time we decided to make a day of it.  We went to Park Rapids!

What’s in Park Rapids you say?  Well, we didn’t know but we were determined to find out.  We started out at 8am and were in Sebeka by 9am.  We stopped at Anderson Homes to walk through their model homes because Janeen is thinking of buying a new home soon and I just love to look at houses.  We spent over an hour there and then were in the road again.  In Park Rapids we stopped at the Pizza Ranch where Janeen bought me lunch.  from there we headed to a little Market that sold jams, jellies, fresh produce as well as dried fruits and gift items.  Janeen bought some frozen buffalo burger (which we put in the cooler) and some other food snacks.

From there we stopped at Summerhill farm which is a cute cluster of old sheds and barns that now have little gift shops in them.  Think Nisswa and you will know what kind of items they carried.  VERY cute stuff.  I again left empty-handed while Janeen bought a cookbook, some kitchen items and a really cute snail votive holder.

Then, off to Evergreen gift shop and park.  Lots of very cute gift items at Evergreen.  Very unique.  The park had mini golf, bumper boats, laser maze, go-carts, etc.

Next stop was a gift shop that also carried furniture and hand-made wooden items.  Here I found the sofa I want to buy!

From there we hit the downtown area where cars park in the middle of the street as well as along the side in front of the shops.  Of course we had to check out the candy shop where we watched them making homemade turtles in front of us.  I bought some old-time candy for the boys (Nik-L Nips, candy buttons and saltwater taffy).

On the way home we stopped at a cheese shop in Wadena (I love Cheese!) and tried samples of sliced pizza cheese and sliced Vegetable Fair cheese.  They were both awesome and I had to buy some of each before we left.

Back in Brainerd we capped off the day with a swirl margarita at newly remodeled Poncho & Leftys and ate some Not So Macho Nachos.  Yum!  We love happy hour!

It was a great day and we had a lot of fun.  We have decided not to wait so long next time to do it again!


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