We woke up the next morning to grey skies and patches of fog floating around the tops of the hills. We went and had our standard diner breakfast. Strangely, no pictures were taken, but it was good nonetheless.
Ernie took some shots of our surprise Prairie School bank. The night before as we drove into town, Ernie said, “There’s one of your banks,” and I said, “uh, yeah, well, no, uh, wait.” I was confused. Turns out Winona has a couple of great banks. The first one (that had confused me) is Purcell and Elmslie’s Merchant’s National Bank.
We didn’t go inside. Why? Because I’m an idiot. My legs were not being agreeable that morning. I really wish I had but then again, I wouldn’t mind going back to Winona…
We’d also driven by another bank the night before and I when I saw it I was confused again. Yeah, kind of Prairie but then again not at all. Wow! Again, we didn’t go inside. See: I’m an idiot.
Eventually, after meandering a bit, we headed off toward Owatonna. My legs were still being difficult but when I’m determined I am indeed determined. Pulled the big girl walker out of the car (yes, we seem to travel with two walkers these days).
Utterly stunning. The bank folks inside were super friendly and the whole place had this otherworldly glow because of the light through the windows. Amazing experience.