One of the first things that must be done upon moving to a new city is locating the local coffee shops. This post is a Tale of Woe, but with a happy ending.
Now, this is not as easy as it appears. Yes, Google Maps is very helpful, but I’m telling you. There are things that Google just doesn’t know. Like how to cruise around in a 15-passenger van full of uproarious children and not pull your hair out or chuck shoes at them while attempting to locate the nonexistent coffee drive-thru.
Like I said, I’ve had some major coffee hardships this last week. All of them ended in complete failure while exploring downtown La Crosse, WI. Let’s just say that one cannot get coffee in downtown La Crosse. Leastways not in a gigantic van. And not with ravenous, dog-tired children.
This is my Sweet Ride, by the way. Shouldn’t this monstrosity really be considered a “handicapped” vehicle. I mean, I’ve got 7 children…
In any case, so much for those cute, chic Caffeine Sanctuaries downtown.
Well, what to do next? I guess explore the usual…Starbucks? Even if the line hadn’t been longer than the Continental Divide, nope. Caribou? Another nope. I couldn’t even find the drive-thru. Not kidding. (Apparently one does exist, however. It’s just hiding.)
There were other places I tried to drive to. For example this place:
But I couldn’t make the lane change quick enough in this big barge of a boat.
Then I saw this place:
You might be wondering if I was discouraged at this point? I mean, how many coffee shops must one drive by? The answer to this question is no, definitely not. I am made of sterner stuff than that. It must be all that North Dakota blast-your-face-off cold that toughened me up. I kept driving.
Eventually the children and I found Dunkin’ Donuts. And they had a nice, big, empty parking lot, and I was glad for two reasons:
- While I can parallel park this giant beast of a van, I prefer not to. Big parking lots are heavenly harbors and balm to my soul.
- I remembered a gift card a friend had given me awhile back that was itching to be used, and since 5 of my 7 children are coffee drinkers, this seemed perfect. And I wanted to treat everyone because we had just finished with Mass and confessions at St. James. It was time to celebrate.
Dunkin’ Donuts was a success! Guess what else we had besides lattes and cappuccinos?
It was glorious, even if we couldn’t fit around one table.
Lastly, one of you readers requested an outside photo near my house. I’m most happy to oblige. Here a shot towards the east, standing in my driveway. The park is at the end of the road.
There are hiking trails in those woods yonder. These hills extend all around the valley, with a small opening, which you can see on the right side of the photo. If there were to be any kind of breeze, it must come from that opening, which faces the southeast.
Any other questions? Be sure to ask!