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July 2009, St. Paul/Minneapolis © R. Craig Collins, 2009

Sunday, July 12
Noon, left for DFW; dropped car at the soon to close Park Air Express, and took the shuttle to Terminal D
4:30pm Boarded Sun Country #504, a 737; we boarded almost first as we had the second to last row, row 26

Aerial view of St. Paul
St. Paul

7:45pm Arrived MSP, and took light rail from Humphrey terminal to Lindbergh Terminal, including a very nice 20 minute walk.
8:15pm Boarded Bus #54 for the half hour ride to Xcel Center stop; it was a short walk to the hotel.
Xcel Center
8:45pm Arrived Holiday Inn Rivercentre, checked in to room 313.
9:15pm Walked to Mickey's Diner for dinner (lots of potatoes, eggs, butter, and a great view of the grill).
Mickey's Diner Mickey's Diner

Monday, July 13
7:00am Walked to Metro office to buy passes, passing the Landmark Center
Landmark Center
9:00am Register for Fusion Conference
9:30am Meeting with D2L marketing
Girls off to Mall of America
Wandered around Conference Center area, and Science Museum of Minnesota

View from Hotel Room
View from Holiday Inn, Xcel and Rivercentre
on left, Museum behind shops
Holiday Inn Rivercentre
Holiday Inn, RiverCentre
Mississippi River, near RiverCentre
View toward the Mississippi
Near RiverCentre
A National Park surround the Science Museum of Minnesota


12:30pm Conference began (Conference Notes available)
5:30pm Regroup at Hotel
6:00pm Bus ride to Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; performance by Juventas Youth Circus, Product release, dinner in 5th level club.

Guthrie and Circus
Craig and Susann in Minneapolis
Craig and Susann in Minneapolis
View from Guthrie
View from the Guthrie
10:00pm Return to St. Paul  

Tuesday, July 14
7:00am Off to the Conference (Conference Notes available)
Conference Room View
Conference Room View

Girls explored St. Paul, went to Science Museum of Minnesota and Titanic exhibit
5:30pm After Conference, the Collins family head to Mall of America, and rides rides at Nickelodeon Universe
Mall of America Mall of America rides
9:00pm, head back to hotel; wander area looking for dinner.
10:00pm Share Fish and Chips at the Liffey Irish Pub

Wednesday, July 15
7:00am Off to the Conference
Girls are back at the Mall of America
Meeting Room View
Conference Room View
3:00pm Conference Ends
3:30pm The Collins Family goes exploring St. Paul

St. Paul Cathedral
St. Paul Cathedral, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Capitol, St. Paul, MN
Peanuts characters
There were Peanuts characters everywhere, including Lucy
Mickey's Diner, during the day
Fitzgerald Theatre
Fitzgerald Theatre, where Prairie Home Companion
broadcasts from. Arlo Guthrie was playing Thursday night, the radio show was not in town.
Fitzgerald Theatre
Craig and Susann at the Fitzgerald Theatre
Dylan Dino
More interesting 'sculpture'
Near the Fitzgerald Theatre
Near the Fitzgerald Theatre
More Peanuts
More Peanuts

6:00pm Had pizza and pasta at Cassetta's
7:00pm Diane and Craig take a swim in hotel pools
8:00pm Had cannolis for dessert at Cassetta's
9:00pm start packing

Thursday, July 16
2:30am Time to get up
4:30am Check out of hotel
4:47am Catch bus to MSP, long walk and light rail train ride
6:30am Board Sun Country #503 to DFW
9:30am Arrive DFW, catch shuttle to car, head home
11:45am back home...