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Aug 29, 2014 - Rochester, MN - Updates & A Very Unique B&N

(Elena Writing) Ron had his monthly infusion of Zometa at Mayo Clinic. Everything went well. We might mention that Walmart operates a free shuttle to the downtown area making several stops along the way. One of its major stops is Mayo Clinic. We stayed overnight at Walmart and caught the shuttle for a short 1/2 hour ride. It dropped us off at the front door of the clinic; how convenient is that! Later we walked around the plaza where we discovered a Barnes & Noble. It was the most unique B&N with a very interesting history. When we got...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Rochester, MN - Great News

(Ron Writing) We spent most of the day at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester for my periodic blood tests and doctor consultation. I had to fast since dinner last night until my blood was drawn at 9 AM. We saw Dr. Lin early this afternoon and by then she had nearly all of the results from the blood tests. All of my counts are very stable with minor fluctuations that did not concern her. We had a nice visit with her again and she sent us on our way with just the requirement that we get another periodic check when we get back to Phoenix in...

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Aug 17, 2014 - Rochester, MN - The Biggest Shoe In the World.

(Ron Writing) This afternoon we went off to explore the town of Red Wing, MN. We spent most of our time at the Red Wing Shoe company museum and outlet store. They have a nice small museum about the history of the company with many displays and there is also a video about how they manufacture shoes. It’s all done here in Red Wing and is still very labor intensive with over 200 manufacturing steps for each shoe. They also have a gigantic shoe in the museum that is all handmade just like a regular size shoe – very interesting. We also walked...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Rochester, MN

We left the campsite and drove over 300 miles to Rochester, MN. We will be back to Rochester to visit with the rest of the family after Larry's reunion this coming weekend. We are parked in Gloria's driveway (his sister that is up-north) for the night. Not sure what the neighbors think. We will do a couple errands in the morning and then head south to Lanesboro. We hope to camp in the city park just behind the high school Larry attended.

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Jul 25, 2014 - Rochester, MN

Today we left the mostly cool Lake Michigan shoreline at Kewaunee, WI around 10:00am and started our trip back West. Arrived at Autumn Woods RV Park in Rochester, MN (home of the Mayo Clinic) around 3:30pm, a 300 mile leg. Now we are back in the 80 temps and higher humidity. This is just an overnight stop...sorry no pics. More soon...

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May 22, 2014 - Rochester, MN - Back to Mayo Clinic

(Ron Writing) Today we went back to Mayo Clinic for my second round of immunizations. I had the first round at Mayo in Phoenix in March and will need to get the third and final round in about 10 months. That just took about an hour this morning but we spent several more hours at Mayo to watch a movie about the history of the clinic, take a guided tour of some of the facilities, and then explore more of the hospital on our own. To us, this place is just awesome. Their guiding philosophy, the way they treat patients, the beauty of the...

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May 20, 2014 - Rochester, MN - Watching a Beautiful Hawk

(Ron Writing) We stayed at the campground this morning until the 1 PM checkout time. I needed to do a couple minor repairs on the rig and some routine maintenance. Elena did some cleaning in the house. After lunch we went over to the Best Buy store here in Rochester to exchange our microwave oven for a new one. This is the microwave we just purchased in Omaha but it developed a little problem. A couple days ago we noticed it was taking longer than normal to heat things. After some quick experiments I found that it was operating at about 70%...

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Jan 17, 2014 - Days in Minnesota

Sunday, January 12, 2014 – Saturday, January 18, 2014 This is a quick update for the week. I was diagnosis was sleep apnea and got the machine and will be sleeping with it to increase my oxygen supply. One of the contributing factors was a very small throat opening which the doctors say I have my parents to thank for it. My heart halter test proved insignificant for a-fib which is great news. Lowell did well on his sleep apnea test as he fell below the recommended 90% only 4 times and did not even require a sleep over test. I am feeling...

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VNL Travels 2014

Jul 1, 2013 - Rochester, MN

Our next few days in Rochester is all about visiting family. Rochester was having 'Rochesterfest' downtown over the weekend so that provided a lot of entertainment for the kids. Friday night was the parade in the rain. We were cold and wet but not smart enough to leave. Guess we were staying for the kids. Both of Larry's sisters were there with us and lots of grandkids to keep each other entertained. We went back to the 'fest' on Saturday night with Gloria and Chuck (sister and brother in-law) to 'eat' and watch the street dance and other...

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Jun 27, 2013 - Rochester, MN

We left the state park in Missouri, drove through Iowa and into Minnesota(about 220 miles). We are staying at the Autumn Woods RV park in Rochester MN. It is a beautiful park. We will be here for 5 nights visiting family. We were just sitting up when Larry's sister Bobbie called and said .. "We know your here how about we bring a pizza by?" No secrets with the kids texting. Glad we didn't plan to surprise anyone. For all of you in Arizona. Try this one evening... sitting outside under fruit trees eating pizza. It was a cool 70 degrees.

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Jun 5, 2013 - Coffee w/Don, groceries and laundry

"Uncle" Don mentioned he might come have a cup of coffee with us today and we were delighted to see him this morning. Topper also has yet-another friend for life. ;-) Don noted that it was "just like the old days" of having coffee and visiting…it was really great to see him once again before we have to leave! Late morning we headed over to Walmart for groceries, then diesel fuel. Lunch and laundry rounded out the afternoon. Steak bbq tonight and we'll head out in the morning for Baraboo, WI and the Wisconsin Dells.

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Jun 4, 2013 - To Rochester, MN, to see Don and Barbara

Last night's RV park was really nice and quiet except for trucks in the morning as they headed to work. Even so, we slept a bit late, but only had a 2 hour drive to Rochester, so no panic to get on the road. The landscape today gradually changed from sparse trees (except for windbreaks and shade trees around homes) to lush stands of trees everywhere....nice!!! Early afternoon found us in a nice RV park south of downtown Rochester. Don called right after we got in and said to come over when ready....we got to their place about 4:30. Barbara...

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