Welcome to Ivanhoe!
My, my â€“ what a fun day Iâ€™m having! One really cool thing about traveling for Operation Beautiful is that Iâ€™ve been to all these places that I wouldâ€™ve never seen otherwise. Ivanhoe, Minnesota is up there on the list! Iâ€™m really enjoying the small town atmosphere for the day.
This is big sky country.
My day started bright and early â€“ I had a 90-minute drive from Sioux Falls to Ivanhoe.
Grabbed some goodies from the hotel breakfast â€“ a banana and a boiled egg â€“ and supplemented with a bar that I had in my purse. I was not a fan of this Gnu bar â€“ the flavor was good but the texture was strange.
Because there is no other way to take an interesting photograph of a boiled egg.
And then I drove and drove and drove until I hitâ€¦ Ivanhoe!
My first of two Operation Beautiful presentations was this morning at 9 AM. I spoke to the high school, and they were great. We talked about Photoshopping, negative self-talk, and breaking out of the â€˜boxâ€™ other people put you in â€“ which I guess is a big problem when you go to school with the same people your entire life!
I have an entire day to kill in between presentations, so I set up shop at the townâ€™s cute little library and got some work done.
Around lunchtime, I decided to take a much-needed mental and physical break and go for a walk. My goal was to walk up and down every street in Ivanhoe! Thanks to my trust iPhone, I think I pretty much accomplished my goal.
I saw the playgroundâ€¦
The grocery store (which did not accept credit cards, hence I was screwed â€“ I forgot to pack a toothbrush)â€¦
The court houseâ€¦
And the water tower!
I also spotted the vet, the trinket store, the hospital, the hair salon, the feed and seed store, the one restaurant (which was closed), and the gas station.
I actually ended up getting lunch at the sub shop inside the gas station. Veggie with pepperjack:
Life is pretty different in Ivanhoe than it was in Miami, which is where I grew up. To be honest, I cannot imagine what itâ€™s like to live in such a small town (having to drive 90 minutes to go shopping! Not having a movie theatre! Not having a bajillion restaurant choices!) , but I think itâ€™s pretty cool to experience it for a little while. Everyone knows everyone by name, and EVERYONE said hello to me on the street.
Do you live in a small town? What are the perks? The drawbacks? The air seems REALLY clean here! Crazy that I even noticed.