Quirky MN: Happy Chef, Godzilla, and a Jolly Green Giant

Often times, I ride with no specific destination. If a road looks fun, I whip around and ride it. If the weather looks bad in one direction, I go the other direction. But sometimes its fun to have a destination to ride to. The bestie and I started Bestie Destination Rides this summer - and while the destinations were certainly quirky, it was a lot of fun to explore off the beaten path MN! 

                                    The last Happy Chef
 - Located in Mankato, MN this is the only remaining Happy Chef restaurant with a talking Happy Chef statue. It is 36 feet tall, counting the spoonAddress: 51646 Highway 169, Mankato MN

10' Tall Godzilla, made of scrapmetal pieces
Location: Belgrade Avenue, North Mankato

 Not quirky, but a cool lookout above the City of Mankato on the Bluff Rd

Jolly Green Giant - 
55.5' tall with 6' feet that fill size 78 shoes
Built in 1979 by Paul Hedberg, a local radio host at the time, who gave guests cans of vegetables from the local Green Giant factory. When the interstate was being built, his visitors didn't have an easy way to access the station, so he built the Jolly Green Giant to draw visitors to the town of Blue Earth, MN. Funding came from Paul and several local businesses. Green Giant did not contribute. Located at 1130 Giant Drive, Blue Earth, MN  I-90 exit 119, South on 169. You can't miss it! 

Can't forget about Sprout!


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