In an odd twist of fate, we had a hotel of sorts for a couple of nights thanks to the hospitality of friends. (Bed/breakfast/zoo is actually what my friend dubbed it.) When I was in high school, I used to double date with a friend and her boyfriend (now husband). After high school, my boyfriend at the time and I broke up and since this friend was several hours away from me, we drifted apart. We reconnected a few years ago on Facebook but in an odd twist of fate, at the same time we started looking to adopt from China, she showed up in an online forum for the agency Zeke was listed with. Long story short, she and her husband traveled to China a few months before we picked up Zeke to pick up their daughter who is just a few months younger than Zeke. Their daughter has amniotic banding which affects an ankle and both hands. This family now lives in a suburb of the Twin Cities and is doctoring through Shriner's, specifically with one of the same doctors we see. So we crashed with them for two nights. Our kids had a great time being wild and crazy. Kenson got an introduction to big game hunting via the Wii. Conleigh latched onto their oldest boy and thought he was the greatest. The big kids all got to camp out in a sleep over style party both nights, staying up way too late. And the grown ups got to visit and talk about life and limb difference stuff.
We also spent an hour or so at Cabelas. I know, a real vacation hotspot. But seriously, you can't beat a nearly free experience that involves large displays of taxidermy, a freshwater aquarium, free fudge samples, and camping displays. We did buy some vension, elk, and buffalo jerky so it wasn't entirely free. Trying to explain the taxidermy was interesting. When we finally got to the African displays, Kenson wanted to know how they managed to find enough feathers to stuff into an elephant. (Um, maybe the word "stuffed" was not the best description.)
Fun little trip without any major stress other than our GPS getting us lost on our initial foray into Minneapolis during rush hour. But we eventually got where we needed to go.