Traffic and road construction in and around Minneapolis was horrible last week so we didn’t do nearly as much as we had planned to do. It was also very HOT. One afternoon we went to a really large Indian casino, Mystic Lake Casino near our campground. It was a lot like Turning Stone in New York and Foxwood in Connecticut. We were ready for lunch at the wrong time to have the all you can eat buffet, and that was a good thing, but we did have a very good lunch at the Minnehaha Café at the casino. The other good thing that happened that day was we actually walked out of the casino with more money than we went in with and that doesn’t happen too often. It is so much more fun when you are winning, of course Bob was the one winning so it wasn’t as much fun for me, except at least he made up for my losses. Another afternoon we took a drive to Wayzata a town on Lake Minnetonka, it was real pretty in that area but we ran into more road construction there so didn’t stay long. Our poor little GPS, Lucille, was working overtime to get us out of that mess, lots of detours and closed roads. Oh and did I mention, it was HOT.
On Friday, the 25th we left Minnesota for our next destination, Oakdale, Wisconsin. We spent two nights at the Oakdale KOA. We were lucky enough to get the last available site at that KOA. Oakdale is right down the road from the city of Tomah and it turned out to be a big weekend in the area. The Budweiser National Truck and Tractor Pulls were taking place in Tomah. Although we didn’t plan on attending the “Pulls” we did think that the arts and crafts and food booths might be interesting. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a parking place within a mile or so of the fairgrounds so we gave up on that idea and instead found a couple air-conditioned antique malls to browse around in. Did I mention it was still HOT, very very HOT. We have really appreciated the fact that our motor homes air conditioner works great.
Our next stop, for two nights, on our way east is Hidden Valley RV Resort in Milton, Wisconsin. It is a very nice park although it is quite pricy,and there is no cable TV and you have to pay extra for wi-fi. Because it was Sunday, after we arrived at the campground we drove into downtown Madison so that I could get another state capitol building picture. Madison is a very beautiful city with lakes on both sides of the downtown area. The drive into Madison wasn’t so bad but on the way out of town our car started to over heat…….I did mention that it is HOT didn’t I. After pulling off the highway a few times to let the car cool down, Bob determined that we were just low on coolant and since we had some in the trunk we were soon back on the road again.
Today we went to a nearby Wine and Cheese store and purchases some Wisconsin wine and cheese to take back to New York for “wine time” on the deck at Scott and Sue’s in Berkshire.