Temperatures in the Twin Cities today only just barely managed to climb into positive digits - not including wind chills. So what did Steve and decide to do? Go ice skating of course.
Because what's more fun that skidding around a giant slab of ice when it's a balmy one degree outside?
I'm exaggerating of course. First of all this wasn't an off the cuff, heat (ha!) of the moment decision based on the weather. It's not like Steve looked at the weather, gave me a call and said "Hey, how about we go freeze our asses off tonight!" or anything. We'd actually planned on going ice skating last night but a bit of a snow storm came through and made the roads extra nasty so we decided to delay a day. Secondly, and probably more importantly, we had absolutely no intention of skating outdoors. I work about three blocks from one of the best places to ice skate in the country - at the Depot in Minneapolis (http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/icerink/).
It really is a beautiful place to go skating - indeed some friends of ours got engaged there a little over a year ago - with great views of the Minneapolis skyline and just in general very nice atmosphere.
The rink itself is an old train shed. It's a definite plus as it is indoors, they have a nice little concession stand there with some food and hot cocoa, coffee and other drinks. They have skate rentals for those who don't have their own. All in all it offers a great night. It's very romantic (all that hand holding and whatnot) but also a lot of fun and a little silly. And for being an old shed the building is pretty cool: