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Sep 29, 2013 - Beautiful Morning!!

Finally had a great night's sleep after a fantastic dinner at Buca's with JP & all the family together. Even had one of the best waiters I've ever met! ^_^ It was Homecoming night or something so we got to enjoy 'hundreds' of fancy dressed teens! ^_^ Buca is set up with lots of separate dining areas not just one big dining room... ours had us and a group of 22 kids! ?! Had a great time. Now we're enjoying the sunshine and waiting for the days plans to gel. Love to all.... God Bless! P & E

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Aug 26, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

We are staying in Maple Grove, MN, just outside Minneapolis. The Upper Midwest is being hit with a heat wave with daily temps just over 100 degrees. After 11 months of great weather, we get our first really uncomfortable conditions in Minnesota! We intended to see some sights, but it was so hot that we decided to stay home and eventually we went out to dinner. The one place that I really wanted to see was Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Besides being the newest major league park, I have heard it is one of the nicest and among...

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Trip Journal

The Great Escape

Jul 21, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

I have a little venting to do. If you call yourself a Mobile RV Service – or any other “service” for that matter – shouldn’t “service” be one of those things that you provide? Maybe even at the most basic level? Since this update has little substance – again – let me regale you with the reason for my venting. At about 10:00 Saturday morning I called a local mobile RV service to deal with our jack problem. Left a message. Owner called back in about an hour; said he would call his on-duty RV tech. OK. Tech calls me at about noon and says he...

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Jul 20, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Well, we were up just after 7:00, everything unhooked on the outside and everything secured inside, engine started, slides pulled in and the dog was getting his final walk…then it happened. Well, actually ¾ of it happened. 3 of the 4 leveling jacks retracted like they’re supposed to while one of them didn’t. Sooooo, that means we are stuck here in Minneapolis for at least tonight. We called a mobile service guy and he said he would try to get out here late this afternoon but that didn’t happen so we are hoping he will get here early...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Well, today was another do-not-much kind of day up until when we headed off towards Minneapolis. Michele had a hair appointment at 10:00 and while she did that I did some minor cleaning things to the bus in preparation for hitting the road in the morning. After my significant amount of labor, I did squeeze in a short nap after lunch just in case we were late getting home after the game. Never can be too careful. About 3:30 we headed off into the city for the last time. The last thing MB wanted to visit before we headed to the field was the...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

As promised, a stunning lack of substance follows. We mostly did some cleaning and maintenance type stuff today, up until about 2:00 when I broke free and went to WalMart for a couple things while the lovely wife did some exercising and showered in preparation for our date night – err, afternoon. We left just before 3:00 and headed off to see Despicable Me 2 – it was either that or a death and destruction movie – so we opted for a little more lighthearted production. It elicited a couple chuckles, but no guffaws. That got over about 5 and...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Today was a long one. Not because of all we did, but the exact opposite. A trip to Costco was the highlight and that sets the bar pretty low. I really should have taken pictures in Costco – then this would feel more like a real update. It has been purty hot around these parts so doing stuff outside has not been high on our list of things to do, and besides we have pretty much run the gamut of things to do in The Twin Cities. Well, except for going to a baseball game, which is penciled in for Friday night. Tomorrow we are really getting...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Well, today was basically a drive around Minneapolis day. We left here about 11:30 and after a gas stop we headed to the Minneapolis Parks Department office to get some info on a scenic drive that they have in and around the city called the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. It’s a series of 7 interconnected parkways that go through the city and surrounding suburbs with stops along the way like historical sites and parks. Our first, and actually only, stop was at the Mill Ruins Park along the Mississippi River. This was basically where the city...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Well, prepare to be unimpressed. All we did today was go to stores, buy stuff, take stuff back that was missing parts, install the stuff we bought that was right, eat lunch, eat dinner and walk the dog. Sorry, but that was all of today’s events. Oh, and somebody hit the front bumper of the Jeepster while we were at one of the 27 stores we went to today. Cosmetic damage only, they didn’t leave a note and I didn’t see them do it so I couldn’t shoot them. Tomorrow promises to be more interesting – but you’ll have to wait for the next update...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

The day started with a repeat visit to IHOP – it was actually pretty tolerable yesterday –then we were off to the Mall of America. In Friday’s update I mistakenly called it (though I have already changed it) The Mall of the Americas, which is in South Florida. I knew I had heard of it somewhere. Anyway, the trip to the mall took about 30 minutes and parking was pretty painless, though I suspect we didn’t see it at its worst. It is the biggest mall in the U.S. and when all is said and done, it is just a big mall and I suspect we saw about...

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Jul 13, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

Today’s journey had a two-fold purpose. We left here with the intent of heading SE of Minneapolis towards the town of Hastings to investigate another campground that had gotten good reviews in case we couldn’t stay here as long as we need. The second task was to take a scenic drive along the Mississippi River. After an IHOP breakfast (well, lunch for me), the first part of the mission took us about 765 miles from the campground SE of Minneapolis – I exaggerate – to an off-the-beaten path campground named Refuge RV Park that is supposed to...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Maple Grove MN

After refueling the beast we were on the road westbound towards Minneapolis by just before 10:00 and after a short stop in Wausau, Wisconsin to get a part that died Wednesday night and a 30 minute lunch stop, we pulled into the KOA NW of Minneapolis just about 3:30. We had to battle with getting hooked up due to the design of their lot – the electric hookup is on the wrong side - but other than that we got settled in and the AC going full blast. It was in the upper 80’s when we got here so the AC was a necessity. About 5:30 we decided to...

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