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The next morning we made french toast for breakfast.

The mother-in-law had this bread since Christmas, so I figured we should use it.

Peanut played with a stuffed fish. 

Then we headed back on the rink. It was much warmer today. I didn't need many layers this time. 

Wish we had a ball to go with this broom.



I know, enough of the fish eye.

Nice shot Brooke!

Back inside we had grilled cheese.

Blake didn't know if he had to work the next day; they usually call him in the morning. So, we decided just in case he did we would pack up and head back to Duluth. I wish we could have stayed a few more days.

When we arrived in Duluth we were hungry for dinner. We drove around Blakes neighborhood looking for a place to eat.

We ended up at a place that minus the strong drinks was a lot like the Red Dragon.

Jade Fountain is American Chinese food at it's purest. MSG probably included.

Blake had no food at his house so we stopped to pick up some groceries. 

Blake had gotten a new air mattress for Christmas. We were excited to be the first to use it.

Peanut liked Blake's house. There were lots of windows and he loved sleeping under Blake's bed.

The next day Blake took us to a nearby park for more ice skating.

We had to wait for the park worker to clear the ice, so we just sat in the car for a bit.

As it was a Thursday morning we had the place to ourselves. It was more fun with more space.

It was more fun with a smooth surface.



We even tried out both rinks.

My skates were pinching my toes so we called it quits. None of us wanted to go back inside yet, so we went for a walk.

Yup.

We want to go to a baseball game here next summer.

For 27 bucks you can get the VIP  ticket, which includes food and drinks.

I beginning to fall in love with this city.

We walked through someones yard. With all the footprints in the snow, I don't think we were the only ones who've done this.






He took us over to the ore dock viewing area but there wasn't much going on.

The actually viewing deck was closed for the winter.

Blake had to work so we went back. I took a nap while he was gone. 

Then Scott and I made black bean burgers and gaucamole for dinner.

We used to make these all the time.

And this is how food looks from a fish's perspective.

Blake surprised us with cookies for dessert that he picked up on his way home from work.

I then suggested we go to a coffee shop for hot drinks and board games. We went to one of his favorite cafes Amazing Grace. When I visited Blake last summer we got sandwiches from here and they were so good.

I drank a chai tea spiked with coffee. Not a good idea for me.

It happened to be some guys birthday party so there was a band playing. We played a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit before they closed for the night.

Back at home we relaxed and read.

After hardly sleeping, I needed a breakfast for once in my life.


After breakfast we put Blake's house back in order and packed up.

Before leaving we checked out a few thrift stores.

We first stopped at the Salvation Army on Duluth's near west side. The one on Superior.

There wasn't much at the SA and Goodwill wasn't much better.

When asked where to go next Blake said "Soup Town" as in Superior.

I got a great lumber jack shirt. I was tempted to buy Blake this, since he loves taking I-35 around Duluth.


We stopped at each of the shops along this block just of Tower Ave.




Afterwards we dropped Blake off back at home and we headed back to Minneapolis, ending our two week vacation.

Everyday life is for schmucks. I want to be a tourist for life.

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