We like to travel by car all over the country. We are winding up our latest trek from DC to the Pacific Northwest and back. But we also like to visit family and friends if we are driving near to where they live. And so we did. In Olympia, Washington we met up with my husband's cousin's daughter and her husband; in northern Wisconsin we drove to our dear friend's cottage almost near Lake Superior; and just before that we stopped in Saint Paul, Minnesota to visit with more dear friends. It's a treat to get the tour of the town, and we did. We stopped at the botanical gardens and zoo complete with an old carousel; downtown Saint Paul with magnificent churches and mansions; tributes to Charles Schultz and Charlie Brown and his friends all about; a statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his theater; the new streetcar/trolley car heading to Minneapolis; the packed Mickey's Diner from 1939; and a building that half belongs to Saint Paul and the other half to Minneapolis. It was a lovely day for a walk and we spent the next half of the day in Minneapolis - that's another story. In case you didn't notice there is a bit of a rivalry between the two cities. What made it all so much more fun was to share it all with the people we love - and laugh and joke and smile. It was a very memorable time.