A lot happened in Minnesota. We showed up from our journey from Chicago about 30 minutes before we were scheduled to speak at the Apple Store. We quickly prepped, and went to the store. This time, our setup at the store was very professional, and quite exciting to look at. The difference — there was nobody in the store! Again, this was another great opportunity to meet some cool people. After our talk we were fortunate to be put up for a few days by Lisa, the mother of one of Kelsey’s good friends. But, we were going to be on our own shortly after with Kelsey having to fly home to attend a wedding, followed up by a return flight back to Minneapolis. So, we were going to have to stick around for a bit.
While at the Minnesota State fair for a day, we learned about the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We were excited because we’d never been to anything like this and were excited to meet some real live wizards and battle with knights. In all honesty, we thought it was going to be total nerd fest, but this ended up being a real eye opening experience that enabled us to meet some of the most open minded and inspiring people on the journey.
Upon emailing the festival to see if we could film, we were curtly rejected. Approximately 10 minutes later I received an email from a guy named Carr Hagerman saying he thought what we were doing sounded cool and to call him. He ended up being a wild guy. And awesome. He gave us full access to whatever we wanted in the festival as well as great insight into our lives in general. The results were two videos. One about our experience that you can see HERE. And, one depicting to knights battling HERE.
After the festival we were treated to a boat ride on the coolest boat we’d ever seen (in an endearingly retro way) by Paul and Mitch (no relation to Paul Mitchell) and we made our way to the University of Minnesota. At “the U” we drove around for the day and cooked and sold pancakes from our bus with a student group called “Pancakes for Poverty”. We donated the proceeds from our pancakes to Youth Links Minnesota to help rehabilitate kids who have struggled with homelessness.
You can check out our Pancakes for Poverty HERE.
Next Stop: Fargo, ND