We left Spearfish on Thursday, June 10th and headed back east across South Dakota. We spent two nights at Arrow Campground in Wall, SD and two nights at Oasis Campground in Chamberlain, SD before arriving back at our new home base, Sioux Falls. We had stayed at Arrow on our way west and liked it so we decided to stay there again on our way back through. We met a workcamper there who winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama about 8 miles from where we have spent the last two winters. We will be sure to look her up this winter, her campground has some entertainment we will enjoy. The Oasis Campground, another nice campground was located along the Missouri River and right across the road from a really neat shopping complex called Al’s Oasis. Our next stop was the Sioux Falls KOA and we liked that campground a lot. We planned to spend three nights in Sioux Falls but because of severe weather reports for Minnesota we decided to stay put an extra one. That turned out to be the right decision; Minnesota got hit with dozens of tornados on Thursday. On the way to Savage, Minnesota we did see some of the tornado damage along I-90 along the southern part of Minnesota, lots of debris and downed trees. Other parts of the state were much harder hit. I was sure glad we missed that experience.
We are staying in Savage, just south of Minneapolis, at the Town and Country RV Park for a week. It looks like there are lots of things to see and do in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area so we should be able to keep busy. Town and Country is a very nice campground just 13 miles from the Mall of America. Our campsite is right across from a community fire pit where a lot of the campers gather in the evenings to swap camping experiences over toasted marshmallows and wine. It has been very warm since we got here so I’m not sure why a fire seems like a good idea but it seems to be a hit.
On Sunday morning we drove into downtown St. Paul so that I could get a picture of the State Capitol Building, sure wouldn’t have wanted to make that trip any other time, traffic is crazy around the Twin Cities. Sunday afternoon we went to Canterbury Park, a horseracing track not too far from the campground. It was a beautiful afternoon for a day at the races and we only lost $6.00. Canterbury Park is a very nice track, larger and much more modern than the track in Saratoga. Of course it has only been opened for 25 years and the one in Saratoga has been there for over 100 years.
Yesterday we went to the Mall of America, wow that is some mall. It has an amusement park and an aquarium inside along with over 500 stores. We walked the whole thing, even managed to do a little shopping, there were a few unique stores but mostly the ones you usually see in smaller malls. Even on a Monday it was crowded, I wouldn’t want to be there on a weekend