Go West Old Man - Fall 2005 travel blog

proud new homeowners

Both of our families are very small and getting smaller all the time. Therefore, we were glad that our route allowed us to detour a bit and visit the newlyweds - a year this October - and their new townhome. We found a campground a few miles away and looked forward to brunch and a tour. Our niece Vikki and husband Greg are justifiably proud of their new space and we felt lucky to see it because not everyone has made the journey here from Illinois yet. Eden Prairie reminded us a lot of Naperville where Vikki grew up. All the new furniture made us think back to our newlywed days, when Ken worked all summer so we could have a kitchen table. We slept on his boyhood bed and were grateful to our grandparents who provided us with enough wedding $$$$ to buy two dressers that did not match the bed. Vikki and Greg's home looks almost ready for a photo spread. The furnishings fit perfectly, but my fingers itched to start rolling some paint or hanging some paper on those white walls.

After reciprocating with a five minute tour of our home away from home, we hit the road again and almost made it to North Dakota. We really meant to go a bit farther, but we got off the road to get gas - don't ask what that's been costing - and we noticed a lovely municipal campground with one other family camped there. It's on an honor system; you put the cash in an envelope with your name on it and toss it in the lock box. There's no one here to check, but campers are good folk for the most part and we're grateful for another cheap, quiet evening. As a working person I had my daily calendar almost glued to my hand. Now it's fun to go with whims and opportunities and never quite know what the next day will bring.

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