After at least two weeks of below-zero temps in the Twin Cities, it was a balmy 34 degrees today. Craig and I took a drive to see the ice castle in Stillwater.
There are set hours and an admission fee. It was too early on a weekday to see the inside, so we walked around the perimeter.
It is amazing how beautiful ice can be when the sun simply shines through it.
We walked back along the St Croix River to the lift bridge that is undergoing renovations to turn it into a pedestrian/bike-only crossing. A new traffic bridge opened last year.
We walked to the north end of downtown and warmed up a bit while we looked around my favorite antique shop. This Johnny Seven OMA was a toy my brothers both received as gifts one Christmas! You never know what bit of your family history you will find in these shops.
A mural painted on one of the buildings...
Then we stopped at a new (to us) place, The Tilted Tiki, for Mai Tais and appetizers...all very tasty!