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Aug 16, 2017 - N. Mankato, MN - Sawmill Campground

/// Sawmill RV Campground N. Mankato, MN Wednesday - August 16, 2017 // A Travel Day: It rained overnight but we were able to break camp under dry skies. We departed the St. Cloud RV Campground just after 9:00 A.M. Our route today would take us south on Hwy 15 to the Jct. of US14 in New Elm and then east just a few miles to N. Mankato. The road conditions today were mostly very good. The traffic was light and the weather was mostly overcast skies. We passed though just a couple of very light rain showers. The scenery was lush and green,...

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May 10, 2014 - Getting Ready

In the last month, we have purchased a Toyhauler for our trip to Alaska. We are not taking the motorcycle this time, but will use it during the winter on our travels south. Charlie has added a lot of improvements to make it more user friendly. We also installed a generator so we can boon dock every once in awhile.

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Alaska 2014

Sep 1, 2012 - Milwaukee, WI to Mankato, MN

Day one: Destination- Zach and Megan's house Sound track- John Mayer, Patty Smyth, Cee Lo, Alanis Morissette, and Glee Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota are so pretty. Nothing but green hills and free range cows. We saw another bay window bus while driving. It was traveling east. Unfortunately they did not notice us. We got several thumbs up, honks, and even a "hang loose" gesture along the way. The sunset and moon were gorgeous, but the seats in the bus are less than ideal. Got to play card games, watch crappy movies, have a few...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Mankato, MN

Had a hot ride into Mankato today. We passed endless fields of soybeans. The heat made me want some edamame and a cold beer when we arrived. No luck. We saw some of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota in the early morning quiet. On the way into town, we took a great rails-to-trails bike path into the city. I really like the unintentional effect at the edge of the picture. Mankato is a nice "walking around" town in the downtown area. Some interesting street art and sculptures.

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Jan 5, 2012 - January 5 & 6 - unpacking and more unpacking

As always, just emptying boxes and putting things away doesn't’t go as fast as one would think. The boxes seem to multiply. And, the creative juices are flowing. Katherine came up with a great idea for the ceiling-tall bi-fold metal closet doors: paint them with chalkboard paint. What a fantastic idea! I am very excited to see the end product. And, we decided to paint the inner wall above the kitchen sink green to match the green in the upholstery. I have a sample can of the right green paint (used on other things) under the sink. So, we...

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Harrell's Happenings

Jan 4, 2012 - Move In Day

The moving company called about 4:00 yesterday and was expecting to come at 8:00 to get us moved in – that’s not what I had set up. I had called and made arrangements to have movers at 1:00, giving us time to either finish the drive to Mankato or to get checked in, see the apartment and make plans for placement of all of the furniture. Obviously there was a lack of communication in their office. So, I agreed to go to the apartment office at 8:00 and call them as soon as we had the key. Well, 8:00 didn’t exactly happen. Katherine and I were...

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Harrell's Happenings

Jan 3, 2012 - Mankato - Here We Are!

Brrr! We started out in the cold, drove all day in freezing temperatures, and ended the day in the cold. When we left Joplin, Missouri at 8:15, it was 23 degrees. We drove through Missouri and entered Iowa about 1:00. In Missouri, we drove through the birthplace of Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States (certainly something noteworthy) and the birthplace of Jesse James, a notorious outlaw (I'm not sure why we need to know that. We also drove past a town named Peculiar; I wondered what would cause a group of people to name...

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Harrell's Happenings

Jul 18, 2011 - Mankato, MN

We drove around 450 miles today from Ishpeming to Mankato, MN. When I Googled Mankato, here is what I found: "Mankato, Minnesota is truly a wonderland. Tucked into the Emerald Green Valley in Southern Minnesota, it is the hidden vacation Mecca of scores of knowing Midwesterners. Mankato has everything thanks to a freak of nature: the Sclare/Far Fissure. This fissure in the earth's crust takes water seeping through the earth, heats it to well over 165 degrees, and sends it back up to the surface in steam pits and boil holes. The heat from...

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Are We There Yet?

Jul 26, 2006 - 7-26-06

7-26-06 Greetings from the Land of 15,000 lakes, Minnesota! It was a most amazing transformation as we crossed the state line from South Dakota to Minnesota. The landscape morphed from a brown barren landscape to rich green farmland. Miles and miles of corn and soy beans stretched out as far as the eye could see. Each bend in the road produced more crops mixed with small groves of trees, sunflowers, and neatly kept farms. All wrapped up, it made for a relaxing drive. Sandy's wish included Laura Ingalls Wilder's house at Walnut Grove. The...

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Jun 10, 2006 - Owatonna, Minnesota

After an overnight stop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, we arrived at Oak Knoll Campground just south of Owatonna, MI. Oak Knoll is a no frills campground that makes up for the lack of pool, play room, etc by having beautiful Oak trees and quiet well shaded campsites. Owatonna is a beautiful little town with wonderful old brick buildings. Its biggest claim to fame is a Cabellas Sporting Goods Store, which in addition to have just about anything for the hunter and fisherman, has a mountain in the middle of the store with all kinds of mounted animals...

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Jun 2, 2005 - Cabela's / MN

Big day, Dayton and Judy took us to Cabela's. What a terrific store! They had everything in the big catalog, plus more. (They even had a candy shop with fresh fudge....my kind of place!) We shopped for several hrs., had something to drink in the deli/snack bar, bought fudge, hats, tourist stuff, and ate lunch across the street at a neat restaurant that was like a lodge. The food was good and we were all beat when we got home. Early night for me!

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