2018 Around the Shoreline of the Great Lakes travel blog

Our route

Sights along the way south

Monument to cross country skier in Mora, Mn

Winnie at the KOA

Fajita burrito at Patron

Curling Night in America at Chaska Curling Center

US Mens Team in action

Score is close in the 4th end and China has the hammer

More action

US Team discussing strategy

Traditional shaking hands after the match

Closing ceremony parade

This curling crowd is wild

Unbelievable beard-stache

Spoiler Alert - don't look at the next slides if you don't...

The Ladies US Team waiting for the trophy

US Mens & Womens Teams raise the trophy

Playing the Stars Spangled Banner - everyone stood


We left the Great Lakes shoreline and headed south to the Twin Cities area to visit a couple we met on one of our trips a few years ago. They live just southwest of Minneapolis. Unfortunately, because of a reoccurrence of an illness that required hospitalization we were not able to meet. Out prayers are with them for a speedy recovery.

We arrived at the Minneapolis Southwest KOA late in the afternoon so we decided to go out for dinner. We drove to Chaska a pretty Minnesota River town. The KOA recommended Patron Mexican Restaurant. It was pretty good. The other place that was recommended was a brew pub at the Chaska Curling Center. After dinner we drove over there to check it out. It turns out there was an event going on, the 5th Annual NBCSN Curling Night in America. Apparently NBC has been sponsoring an annual multi-nation curling event for the last 5 years. This year's event featured the Gold Medal winning US mens team and men's and women's teams from China, Japan, and Italy. The event was sold out, but since we arrived late they had a couple of complimentary tickets available for standing room so we got in for free. We got to see the final between the US men and China men. It was as exciting as curling can be as it went down to the 8th end (out of 10) before the.... I don't want to give away the winner because the event will be televised during October, November, and December on NBCSN. You'll have to tune in as they say.

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