Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boulder, Colorado Oct 19-26, 2016

We really like Boulder, Colorado.  Being a college town, it brings in a diverse group of people...We're no longer the young ones...We decided to say longer than we originally intended, so it was nice to relax from all the driving.   

Our daily walks took us through some beautiful neighborhoods.  Many of the homes are more like mini-mansions.

We stayed here at the Boulder Elks Lodge. 

Most of the time, we had the entire RV parking area to ourselves

They were having a Zombie-Walk in downtown Fort Collins.  It was kind of fun seeing all the different folks with their makeup.  It's always fun walking around the town.

Boulder, Colorado is the home of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company.  On the tour we got to taste many of the flavors and see how the factory processes and packages the many different varieties.  When they took us in the Mint room, the aroma was overwhelming!

The Pearl Street Mall is always a favorite place to spend an afternoon.   All the unique boutiques and eateries are fun.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Estes Park, Colorado - Oct 16-19, 2016

We were so glad that we could visit old friends from Hermit Park - where we worked in the summer of 2014.  It was really great of Ranger Vic to offer us a camp host site to park our rig while we visited with everyone.  We sure miss everyone...

It was a great feeling when we pulled into Hermit Park again.  We were very fortunate to be camp hosts here back in 2014.  It's a special place

Diana & Linda worked together in the Park Office and became great friends.  We all had a lot of catching up.  They could have talked all day, but we had to make our way to our next destination.

Diana and Jerry invited us over for Dinner and Drinks.  They have a lovely home that is situated in the mountains with a spectacular view. 

Roger and Selma invited us out to dinner at Hunter's Chop House.  They are still camp hosting at Hermit...and the park looks great!  It was great to see them again, and they are still looking happy and healthy!

We even got a light dusting of snow here at Hermit Park!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Custer, SD and the Black Hills - Oct 11-16, 2016

We stayed at Custer State Park in the Legion Lake Campground Loop.  In my opinion, Custer State Park rivals many National Parks.  They have 3 different lodges, several lakes, miles of hiking and a variety of wildlife.

Linda and I enjoyed an early morning hike around Legion Lake

Mt Rushmore is every bit as impressive as I remember when I was just a kid.  It's an amazing work of art and a real tribute to America

Linda got this photo from a slightly different angle.
It's a good thing we didn't try to bring the RV through here.  That would have given the Fifth Wheel a whole new look!

We took a day trip to Deadwood, SD.  This was a real bustling town back during the gold rush!

Wild Bill Hickock re-enacting that fateful card game that ended his life.  We saw this at the No.10 Saloon

The Knuckle Saloon is in Sturgis, SD...a short drive from Deadwood.  It wasn't very busy this time of year, but I'm sure during the Motorcycle's totally different.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sioux Falls, SD Oct 6-11, 2016

We stayed at Lake Vermillion  Recreation Area.  It's just outside of Sioux Falls.  It was pretty quiet this time of year.  Some nights, it was just us and the camp host...but on the weekend, it filled up with campers.  The midwest is all about farming, and corn is a major crop.  It's so important, that they built the corn palace over 100 years ago.  

Lake Vermillion is popular spot for Walleye fishermen

Our campsite had a great view of the lake and all the birds

Sioux Falls is formed by the Big Sioux River.  The water cascades over rocks in a number of places to create many different falls.  Every viewpoint creates a unique image

Every year the corn palace is redecorated.  This year's theme is "Rock of Ages".  

Willie Nelson is rocking out on the side of the Corn Palace...and yes, that's all made with corn cobs!
Where the Heck is Wall Drug!  It's in Wall, SD...and it's just something you have to see for yourself!!

Long, long roads with nothing but farms and fields...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Big River Resort - Wabasha, MN Oct 2-6, 2016

We stayed at Big River Resort - cleverly named after the Mississippi River.  Wabasha, Minnesota is about 80 miles Southeast of Minneapolis.  Like most of the midwest, it's surrounded by beautiful farms, lakes and rivers.

Wabasha is the home of the National Eagle Center.  Due to it's location on the Mississippi River, it's a perfect place to see eagles as they migrate each year.  While driving in the area, we were lucky enough to see several eagles in flight very close to the truck.

This is one of five eagles that have been raised here in captivity.  They were all previously injured, so they could never survive on their own...but they are very well taken care of ...and quite spoiled!

In Minneapolis, we took a walk along the river near St. Anthony Falls

Downtown Minneapolis Skyline seen from the Stone Arch Bridge that spans the Mississippi

Same shot, Different view.

The Mall of America is huge!  Besides having over 500 stores, there is an amuzement park, aquarium and several hotels all located in the mall.

We had to visit the Spam Museum in Austin, MN.  Linda was in heaven.....

Red Wing, Minnesota is home to Red Wing Shoe Company.  At size 638D, it's the worlds largest boot!

Our campsite was nicely manicured with a view overlooking the soybean fields.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vista Royalle Campground - Bancroft, WI Sep 30-Oct 2, 2016

We stumbled onto this little gem of a campground located near Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Vista Royalle is a great family campground with lots of fun activities for families.  While we were there, they had an awesome Halloween-Themed weekend.  There were several hundred kids dressed in costumes...and also many adults as well.  Many campers supplied treats for the kids and alcohol shots for the grown-ups.  

The firewood was a little wet...and tough to get started, but we ended up with a nice campfire.

Trick-or-Treaters getting to celebrate Hallowen early!!

The things some people do to get a free shot!!

While traveling through Wisconsin we stopped in Fremont to see the house we lived in when I was a teenager - nearly 40 years ago!  When we lived there, downstairs was Wolf River Beverage - the store my Mom and Dad owned.  Upstairs was the residence.  It was a great house.  It has since been converted into a 6 bedroom apartment building.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Door County, Wisconsin Sep 26-30, 2016

We both really loved staying in Door County, Wisconsin.  We camped at Peninsula State Park.  They get over 1 million visitors annually...and I can see why.  It's located right on the waters of Green Bay - Lake Michigan.  Door County consists of a number of quaint, small villages and towns.  It's often referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest".
We also had a chance to attend a live Comedy Play called "Guys and Does".  It was a whimsical excursion into the world of Wisconsin deer-hunting, where Fritz and Duane travel Up Nort' to get away from it all, with a little male bonding.

Miles of Hiking and Biking Trails throughout the park.  It was fun until Linda's tire went flat...getting back was a little tough!

In the town of Sister Bay is Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant.  What makes it unique is the grass rooftop with goats hanging out.

I had the Poutine - much better than the McDonalds Poutine I had in Canada.  Linda enjoyed the Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberrys.  She thought it tasted a lot like cranberries!

You can't take a trip to Door County without trying a traditional Fish Boil

Near the end of the boil process, they dump Kerosene on the fire.  It causes a huge boilover

Then the fish are removed from the pot...and it's dinner time!

This is the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.  It's located at Peninsula State Park

We loved our campsite...It was surrounded by trees

Sunset over Lake Michigan.  Another Great Day!