Landmark Center and Rice Park St Paul

Let me be really clear here, I am not a fan of winter. I don’t like the cold. I don’t like snow at all. I don’t snowmobile, ski, ice skate or luge. The only good thing about winter is that there are no mosquitoes outside. Of course it’s too cold to be out there anyway.

So, what was I doing outside at nighttime in Minnesota? Well, for one it was unseasonably warm out. We had 3 days in a row of over 50 degrees. Which is entirely unheard of here in Minnesota in December. For another thing it was foggy and ridiculously beautiful out.

See?  Beautiful.  Landmark Center St Paul
See? Beautiful. Landmark Center St Paul

Shellie and I went to Rice Park with the dogs for a little walk. The trees are all lit up and there were tons of people out enjoying the sites and the weather. It was actually quite nice with just a slight breeze every now and then. The dogs were a little skittish with all the people out. It’s only been a couple months of staying in the house more and they are already jumpy around people.

I wish there were food vendors out in the park.  Or hot chocolate.  Why has no one thought of this?  On a night like this they would’ve made an actual, honest to god, literal killing.  Okay, maybe not literal, but I bet they would’ve made a butt load of money.
On one side of the Landmark Center there is an ice skating rink. It’s open 7 days a week and it is completely free. Well, not completely. The skating is free, but the skate rental is $4, unless you have a Wells Fargo credit or debit card then it is free.

The guy in the red jacket saw me and another guy taking pictures and would not move.
The guy in the red jacket saw me and another guy taking pictures and would not move.

The rink is pretty small and the ice is pretty hacked up. I’m not sure how often they send the zamboni out there to smooth the ice, but they hadn’t in a while when we were there. Actually, every time I’ve been by this skating rink the ice has been chewed up. Which, I suppose is good if you can’t ice skate. Like me.

Come to think of it, I’ve never ice skated. So I might actually be really good at it. I maybe could’ve been in the Olympics. Except ice skating is in the cold and the ice is hard. And what if I fall down?  I fell off my skateboard enough, I don’t need that anymore.  So never mind.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The rink is small, chewed up and busy. So don’t expect to skate too fast or do too many triple axles, or whatever. But it does look like a lot of fun. People looked like they were having a good time.

And that, as they say, is all that matters.

They say that, right?


Stuff you should know:

Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy runs until January 1st.
The skating rink looks like it’s open until February 1st
Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm