The Bestest Part

Yesterday Daughter and I returned from a quick four day road trip to Minneapolis. It was our third such trek this year, just Mother, Daughter and of course, Sam.

So what, you may ask (go ahead, ask....) was the bestest part of the past four days and the 1700+ kilometers we racked up?

The Mall Of America before opening
Was it the two days of self-inflicted leg torture intense shopping yet again at the Mall of America; which apparently, has become our second home?






Titanic Boarding Pass
Or maybe it was when we found ourselves overwhelmed with emotion, staring in awe when within inches of the monolithic rusted hull of the Titanic in the Science Museum of Minnesota?








Travis Barker
Perhaps it was witnessing Travis Barker's amazing drum solo as he flew and spun over the mosh pit at the rockin' Blink 182 / Fall Out Boy / Panic! At The Disco concert...








Nope. Believe it or not, it was none of those fantastic events.

The bestest part of the trip was:

relaxing safe and sound at home when I discovered that the two gut-wrenching severe storms I had at times, blindly, just plowed our rented Jeep Liberty through on the Interstate had spawned tornados.

Minneapolis Tornado
Grand Forks to Winnipeg Tornado WatchHoly crapoly.

35 People would rather be commenting:

Sistertex said...

I'll say...Holy Crap, 3 times the sirens went off and dogs, kitty and I were in the basement. It would be over (I thought) and try to go about doing things when it would start again. Huge amount of rain had the road flooded out where I live.

Wow, very dramtic photo to be sure. You got a pretty good view of the sky...and Welcome to Minnesota! Crazy day to be sure. It rained torentally again today as well, but no tornado chasing us back down to the basement today.

So glad you got through it all safely and that you enjoyed the MOA...your home away from home.

Janet said...

Holy crap is right! Glad everyone is safe!

Ed said...

I'd don't know--that looks like a pretty cool drum solo.

pinklea said...

Timing is everything - and yours was apparently pretty good!

PG said...

earthquakes (although not really weather) are bad and I am glad to have never experienced one. Tornadoes are 1992 times worse though. I'll stay here in New England and take the occasional blizzard or hurricane any day. glad all is well.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Whoa! I was thinking 'holy crap' so I laughed out loud at your caption! haha!

Wow - that's a stunning photo! Scary!

momcat said...

Wow, sometimes ignorance is bliss! I am truly glad I don't have to drive so far to get to my kids favourite mall.

DJ Kirkby said...

Holy crapoly indeed. Those didn't hit in Canada did they?

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

That is so scary! I hate driving through a storm on the Interstate! Only done it a few times but nothing better than getting home safe and sound and finding your home is all well. That sky looks very menacing!

jay said...

Wow... I'd feel the same! Yikes!!

Still, it sounds like a great trip! And I had no idea the hull of the Titanic was in Minnesota!

JD at I Do Things said...

I don't know . . . seeing Fallout Boy would be pretty cool.

BUT! Thank goodness you made it thru OK. Is that 2d photo one you took? Cripes!

ReformingGeek said...

You lost me at Mall of America.

Just kidding. It sounds like a great trip, if not a little scary. That's an awesome storm picture.

Badass Geek said...

Wow. That looks like some pretty severe weather.

Glad you had a good time. I think it would have been amazing to see parts of the Titanic.

Daisy said...

Maybe it's best you didn't know until afterward! I'm glad you are all safe.

toners said...

Whoah....scary!! You were definitely in the right places :)

Jeff said...

How exciting indeed. And to think I was enjoying blue sky heaven in CO while all that was going on. Aww, that's just so sad.

And talk about holy crapoly... you 2 have been to the MOA more than I have in 10 years, and I only live 1 hour away!

Beth said...

We saw that same concert here in Boston. What a great show!!

JoJo said...

YOWZA!!!!! Glad you had a good time and made it home OK! You guys do love that MOA, dontcha?

Babs-beetle said...

Oh my word! That sky would see me running around in a blind panic, not knowing which way to run! I'm sometimes glad that our UK weather is how it is. I've never seen a sky even remotely like that! And you were driving into it!!!

Babs-beetle said...

By the way. Have I told you that I think your blog design is fantastic? If I haven't I meant to. It's one of the best I've seen :)

Louise said...

Did you take the second picture? There are scary skies, and there are SCARY. SKIES. So glad you're safe. August in MSP... who knew?

Maureen said...

Sistertex: Holy crapoly back atcha!!! We were just leaving the city when the storm struck. Many cars simply pulled over to the side of the road and I was seconds from doing the same when I could no longer see... but there is also the danger of stopping and someone running into you. NOT an easy decision to make. Glad to hear you and yours are okay. And yes, we LOVE Minnesota; and not just the MoA ;)

Janet: Yep, we are okay, and luckily we had a few hours of calmer weather before we ran into the next storm... what a day!

Ed: You're right; it was AMAZING. I am surprised Travis doesn't mind the "flight" after what he's been through...

Pinklea: Ha! Even better timing would have been to go home a day earlier; clear blue skies then. But that would have meant missing the concert, which is the reason we went in the first place!

PG: We have had a few tornados up here too; an F4 two years ago in fact. But there is a huge difference between being at home and driving through storms like that.

Drowsey: That second photo is just as we were approaching Grand Forks; the second storm to hit that same day. It was so bad we nearly stayed in GF overnight.

Momcat: Yeah, I prefer the short trip to the mall down the street too; but this trip was all about Fall Out Boy....

DJ: Yes, the Tornado Watch was for Winnipeg as well. Obviously a far-reaching system.

Karen: Yeah, the sky looked so surreal... almost like something you'd see in a movie.

Jay: Yeah! The Titanic exhibition was incredible... very moving. And I literally had to step back when I came upon those two huge pieces of the hull. It took my breath away. They also had a bulkhead door, pieces of marble mantle, brass cherub, chandelier, jewelry, clothes, furnishings, tiles, portholes, tools, dishes, money and much, much more... Very eerie.

Maureen said...

JD: Fall Out Boy, IMHO, was the BEST of all four bands to play that night... and they are Daughter's favorite too. It was so much fun to be probably the oldest person there, singing along with them!! HA! And yes, Daughter took that last photo; as I hung on to the steering wheel for dear life, wondering why the hell I was driving us headfirst into it...

Reforming Geek: Yes, we are old hands at the MoA now. I think they may know us by sight at a few of those stores. And the photo isn't nearly as scary as those clouds in REAL life, especially when the lightning began to crack down right on top of us.

Badass Geek: The Titanic was incredible. I have always had a fascination with the story; so it was a dream come true when it happened to be there, right across the street from the concert venue. I even bought a piece of coal from the Titanic in support of the Titanic Preservation Society, so I brought home a little piece of history with me.

Daisy: Yes, if I knew we were so close to tornadoes, I definitely would have stopped. But you know what the worstest part of the trip was??? We asked and hunted at two Hallmark stores for your card... and couldn't find it :( . So sad. We had all the clerks searching for us.

Toners: The right place was safe in my blogging chair in my own dry livingroom!

Jeff: Our next trip we definitely need to pick you up and drag you along with us... bwahhahahahahaha!!! Glad you had a great time in sunny CO!

Beth, it was incredible, wasn't it??? Daughter saw two of the three bands here in Winnipeg a few weeks ago, so this was her second FOB / Blink 182 concert. Panic!, her other favorite band, didn't come up here, so that was an even better show.

JoJo: Yes, what 18 year old wouldn't love it?? They have a few stores we don't have. But the real reason for this trip was the concert. The MoA was a side-venture.

Babs: I know, crazy, aren't I??? Driving INTO a storm.... and aw, you are too kind. Thank you so much for the compliments on the bloggy design. You make me blush.

Louise: Yep, I was white-knuckle driving while asking Daughter to snap the photos of the sky. I couldn't believe it and never would have been able to describe that sight. I'm just glad we had the CD player on instead of the radio; otherwise I would have really freaked out.

VE said...

Ok, I skimmed the post. Sheesh. Let me see if I got it right...you bought a tornado at Mall of America...

The Green Stone Woman said...

Lucky you, Maureen, your timing is excellent. Or you have an angel on your shoulder. Either way, you are safe and that's the most important thing!

Tara R. said...

I have to say I would still take a hurricane over a tornado. At least I know when (most of the time) when a hurricane is bearing down. Tornado are just sneaky.

Glad you all had a good time. I would have loved to see that concert too. What a great lineup.

VE said...

Warning...I'm making fun of Star Wars on my blog...again.

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, a great pic, but scary! glad you're safe!

Marsha said...

OMG! That's scary! Glad you made it home safe and sound! I've never been to MoA. Someday..
BTW, so glad you found a printer's tray. You must post photos of it!

Lady Banana said...

That last photo, amazing!!!

Maureen said...

VE: No, no silly. We WERE a tornado at the Mall of America...

The Green Stone Woman: I am lucky that's for sure.

Tara: Oh the concert was incredible! Even though I was the "old lady" there, the kids around us were just great and very cool with someone my age there amongst them. We talked with many others in our section. Maybe they thought I was cool too ;)

VE you certainly know how to tease me, dontcha??

Jeannette: Thank you! Yeah, I am so glad Daughter got a shot of that very weird sky.

Marsha: The MoA is nirvana for shoppers... we love it. And I posted a photo of the printer's tray on my art blog over at Creative Chaos!

Lady Banana: It looked like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I half expected a spaceship to come hurling out of that cloud at any moment. Instead, lightning came shooting out.

Karen MEG said...

You rock star... thank goodness you found out about that after you got home!! We had a few tornadoes fly through not too far from us on Thursday and it was terrifying enough just to hear about the proximity and watch the skies from inside the house.

What a great photo, though.

Maureen said...

KarenMeg: That system came just a day after the one over here blew through. I don't think it's the same one, but obviously the weather is just prime for these right now. We don't get them often, but it seems we are getting more and mor each year. Scary. Glad you and yours are okay!

Vegas Princess said...

Woah, those pictures are scary amazing! You definitely dodged a bullet there.

Maureen said...

Vegas Princess: Thanks! Yes, I am so glad it didn't turn out worse... but yes, that sky was something I had NEVER seen before.

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