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North America » United States » Minnesota » Duluth May 24th 2022

Today we arrived at a seemingly abandoned state park. No one was at the office, all the bathrooms except one were closed, and all the water filling locations were turned off except for the one at the dump station. Even the closed for the season sign was still up on the campground sign. Our pull thru sight is more suited as a back in site due to the narrow entrance and the trees clustering the opening. Tomorrow, we scheduled a planned day to stay in due to the 100% chance of rain and 44-degree high temperatures. Of course, something had to mess with these plans because this campground has no cell service. Tonight, I had to go for a drive, in order to work and for Daisy to download her music & shows, but hey it ... read more

Today's drive was pretty smooth. We were once again lucky and found a canceled campsite at Lebanon Regional Park to reserve. At check in she said we should play the lottery since that was the first open site she has seen in a long time. To top it off we have full hookups and a beautiful big site. Wish we had more time to stay and enjoy. Weather is cold again, low is 37 tonight so we decided to go to the Mall of America to stay a little warm instead of the sculpture park outdoors. We were overwhelmed by the Mall of America due to the number of stores, the sheer size and scale of the facility, not to mention the seven acre amusement park. The amusement park was the main attraction especially for all ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota May 22nd 2022

We braved the cold again today so that Nate could see the Minneapolis Skyway. Unfortunately, most of the tunnel system was closed today. He did get to walk into a few at the IDS building but could not go into the adjoining buildings. I really enjoyed visiting Minnehaha Falls. I would love to find a campsite right on a waterfall because I could sit and enjoy for hours. The issue is that Nate and Daisy get bored in less than 2 minutes. We got back to the trailer much earlier than expected. We took the dogs for a walk and enjoyed our large, green, beautiful site.... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota September 26th 2021

9/25/21 We woke this morning in Duluth to 46 degrees. So we dressed for cold weather. By the time we left at 8:45 it was 49 degrees, but the overcast skies that loomed over us for most of the day kept the temperatures on the chilly side. The trees along our route had more color than yesterday, but my attempts to capture them in photos were unsuccessful due to the fact that the light was bad. There is nothing like a maple tree in full blook shining in the bright sunshine. But we never found that opportunity. The drive out of Duluth took us through the harbor area of town. Everything I photographed from the mountain yesterday is all part of the working harbor. Structures that may look like buildings in the distance are not buildings ... read more
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI

North America » United States » Minnesota September 25th 2021

9/24/21 We woke this morning to a cold and blustery day. It was 56 degrees and, although the weather app on my phone said the wind was 8 MPH, due to my experience from my flying days, you could not convince me that it was anything but a 25 knot wind. At one point I could not open the car door, the wind kept pushing it shut on me. And even many of the locals were wearing parkas and winter headgear. So after putting on some warm clothes, we ventured out for the day at 8:50 AM and headed north. Steve had planned all along to follow the lakeside roads and so we did. I call them roads but, as anyone knows who has lived in a climate as far north as Duluth, they can be ... read more
Lake Superior
Silver Creek Cliff tunnel
Silver Creek Cliff tunnel

North America » United States » Minnesota September 24th 2021

9/23/21 BRRRRR. We woke this morning in La Crescent, MN to 46 degrees. I had to get out my jeans this morning. It was not a day for shorts, for sure. And as the day began, we were in a shroud of fog, on and off, for quite some time. I guess the chill is in the air, and so comes the fog. But the sun eventually came out and gave us a glorious day. We left our hotel at 8:40 and headed for Winona, population of about 26,000. I kept calling it Wynona and anyone might guess why. LOL A friend of ours is from Winona, so we had to take some photos for her. We drove around town for a while and took in the flavor of this charming town, although I will admit, ... read more
Lake Pepin

North America » United States » Minnesota September 23rd 2021

9/22/21 Each evening when I sit down to write this blog, I have no idea what is going to come out. And the same goes for right now. So, let’s see where we go. This morning I was up before 7 and ready to roll at 7:30, but as things go and preparations needed to be made, we didn’t get moving until 8:40. It was a chilly 59 degrees and the temperatures all day never reached above the 60’s. The sun was shining most of the day, but the wind was quite strong and at times, I wished I had put on a jacket before getting out of the car. So, today we began our journey in Moline, Illinois and took to the GRR on the Illinois side of the river. We always have a choice, ... read more
Port Byron
Port Byron
Map of the GRR

North America » United States » Minnesota September 26th 2020

Day 1 Saturday September 26, 2020 We got up at the ungodly hour of 3 am to make our way in time to the Knoxville airport for the 6:15 am flight. I love the Knoxville airport, it is just small enough to be cozy, but still big enough to have all of the amenities to make your trip comfortable. There are rocking chairs facing out the window over looking the airstrips and also in each of the bathrooms (the women's anyway!). The entry way leading up to security is decorated with a lovely flowing stream down the middle of the walkway. It was a relaxing start to a pretty relaxing first day. Our first flight was only 1/3 full at best, so Rob and I were allowed to take an entire row to ourselves. He had ... read more
Train Museum
Great Lakes Aquarium
Inside Hilton TRU

North America » United States » Minnesota August 6th 2020

Since 2020 is the year of modified everything, that's exactly how we spent our week in Minnesota this year. We spent it in a family hunting cabin after a couple days of socially distanced camping at Aunt and Uncle's farm. The hunting cabin consisted of a main cabin to accommodate 4 adults, a bunkhouse which we filled the floor with air mattresses and got up to 6 kids in there for a week, and an outhouse. It was very rustic, but just perfect. We unplugged, we played, we ate, we laughed. We made s'mores over the campfire, and even made pudgy pies. Brought me way back to childhood travels with my grandparents. We did spend one day on the road though, taking a drive along the North Shore from Duluth north to Tettegouche State Park, stopping ... read more
Brighton Beach Park
Brighton Beach Park
Brighton Beach Park

North America » United States » Minnesota » Maple Grove September 18th 2019

We really enjoyed our last couple days in Europe by spending it in Roma. Walking most of the entire city, we viewed the Spanish Steps, Vatican, Trevi fountain, Trastevere, the Jewish Ghetto, along with many neighborhoods. We walked 22,000 steps on Saturday and another 18,500 on Sunday..maybe why Europeans seem to be thinner! We attended two masses, one at the Pantheon on Saturday night , and one at St Peters Basilica on Sunday. Sadly, If you want to enjoy an almost empty church, go during mass! Listening to a local jazz flute player on the rooftop bar of our hotel and a night cap at one of Madie‘s favorite places called 8 milliliter was a great end to the trip. Morning came too soon at 6:45 with our driver and headed to the airport. Landing safely ... read more
Sculpture everywhere you look
Flower stands abound
Jewish “ghetto”- Saturday market

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