Saturday found us driving to Wabasha, MN to the Anderson Hotel, currently a B&B with the distinction of enabling guests to room with one of the six cats in residence. The oldest hotel in Minnesota, it's celebrating 150 years. Part of this celebration are painted cat statues scattered about town.
Wabasha, a river town on the Mississippi bout 80 miles SE of the Twin Cities, is named after Chief Wa-Pa-Sha and is home to the American Eagle sanctuary. A peaceful old railroad town, it provides a bridge into Wisconsin at a narrowing of the river. My guess is the town grew up around a ferry crossing and the rail stop.
From here, we drove back to Chicago and normalcy. Today we chill out and phyche ourselves to resume the usual grind. School's starting soon, I'ts still the busy season at work, and it'll take most of the year to recover from our spending bltz. Driving the rental car back to the store acted as the proverbial nail on our mini vacation. I guess we should be lucky we could do this much. Next year, who knows?