After leaving the campground we headed to REI near the mall of america. We had seen it a few days earlier and wanted to check it out. I was impressed, they had a wide selection of some really nice gear. Erin got a new pair of goggles, a nose clip, bandanas, and some injinji socks. After REI we headed to Stillwater and the William Sauntry Mansion. We arrived right at 4:00 and checked in. After getting settled in we went downstairs for some hors d'oeurves and wine and had a chance to look through menus of local restaurants. We picked out a few that sounded good and then headed out for a short run around Stillwater. This hills were challenging, but we had a good time. When we got back we cleaned up. There was a steam shower in our room that had a ridiculous number of settings and options. Then we headed to the Lake Elmo Inn for supper.
When we arrived at the restaurant we noticed that we were by far the youngest people there. The decor was also a little odd in that the walls were covered in old salt and pepper shakers. The service wasn't the greatest either, but our food was good. I had some lobster ravioli and Erin had some fried sunnys which they advertised as one of their specialties. When we finished eating the waitress eventually showed up with some heated towels and a couple of chocolate covered strawberries. It seemed like an odd way to end the meal.
|Erin and I before the gondola ride|