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Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota


4-29-17

We finally made it to the Spam Museum, the last attraction at the conclusion of our Westward Ho! vacation. We arrived at 12:18 and left at 1:30. The people at the desk greet you with a friendly “Hello” and are ready to answer any questions you might have about Hormel’s popular canned meat.

There were many visitors today, enjoying the many interactive exhibits.  Here are some highlights I filmed there.

As you can see, Spam cans take a ride above you on a conveyor belt. Someone put a camera up there so you can see what they see 🙂

Spam™ has played an important part in American history, including feeding the troops during WWII as well as people in other countries. One of them is Hawai’i, our 49th state. Spam™ is still a part of many recipes there.  An exhibit also pays homage to the famous Spam™ skit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  One of my favorites!

Watch it here!

A Hormel delivery wagon.

Spam™ for every meal! Get your recipe ideas here at this console.

Plenty of signage teaching visitors the history of Spam and Hormel.

Stop at the gift shop before leaving, we got a Spam™ slicer. And yes, you can buy Spam here too, many flavors. We got a couple of these too.

This museum was great fun to visit and even though we were only here just over an hour, we could have spent even more time here.  Come if you can and enjoy Spam™!

 

 

Minnesota Rest Stops


April 24 & 29, 2017

We were passing through southern Minnesota on our way to South Dakota and we stopped in two communities, Blue Earth and Austin. We went to a few rest stops too, not as cool as the South Dakota ones but they all had interesting historical markers to see.

Rest Stops

1. The first one was the Oakland Woods Rest Area. It is located in Albert Lea, a place were we stayed at once about 14 years ago on a trip to Iowa. We stayed at the Budget Host in town (no longer there).

The marker outside, Minnesota State Parks are the topic.

Inside is a list of how far this stop is from other cities.

2. Des Moines River rest area

There is also some signs here describing Minnesota prairies.

3. Clear Lake Rest Area

The marker below.

The marker we found here.

4. Enterprise Rest Area

This one had the prettiest setting of all of the rest areas we visited in MN. Located in Lewiston, MN. A closer view of the maker there.

We enjoy our visits to the rest stops and enjoy seeing the markers they all have.

Blue Earth, Minnesota-Home of the Jolly Green Giant


4-24-17

This was the beginning of our vacation to South Dakota and Wyoming. We saw this billboard and knew we had to stop here!  Blue Earth is home to a Green Giant plant. It is located in Green Giant Park.  The statue was dedicated August 7, 1979. Here is the plaque at the base of the statue.

There also is a sign at the park with some Green Giant facts.

A short visit, we had to continue our journey  West but we hope to get to the museum here on our next trip to this area.