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Aug 20, 2020 - Lake Shetek,

2020-08-20 - Lake Shetek, MN After a night at Walmart, it was nice to hit the road. We drove through southern Minnesota which is rather flat farming country. Unfortunately, the Spam Museum was closed today so we had to put that on our bucket list for the future. Who could resist going to a museum whose slogan is: "Puts a whole new spin on cubism". The small towns' population averaged about 250 people and they didn't even have a Dollar Store or Subway in town. Windmills dot the corn and soybean fields here and and the location of the...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Aug 18, 2020 - Bellevue, IA to Winona MN

Note to those thinking to camp in a Wisconsin state park- you need a state park pass which costs $38. per year for the first vehicle and a smaller amount for the towed vehicle - a total of around $50.00. That is on top of the daily camping fees. That might be worth it if you plan to stay in different parks across Wisconsin but for us, though we wanted to stay in a Wisconsin park, we decided not to go through the hassle of getting the pass which are NOT available for purchase a the state parks. I'm not sue if this is because of the COVID but...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Jul 13, 2016 - Almost done!

Wednesday, July 13 – awoke to strange noises on the roof – it was raining! The bathroom got a little wet because I had left the vent open and Dan had left his towel outside – first time in 8 weeks we have had to pack up in the rain!! Some thunder, so we just waited till the storm seemed to be over & then made a dash for the truck – back to the interstate! Landscape is changing, still very flat, but at least it’s green! I am sitting at a picnic table overlooking the Mississippi River as I write this! We drove all the way through Minn. today....

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Jul 30, 2013 - Minnesota

Stoped at the Mississippi River rest station outside of Winona. We managed to kill a bird.... rather the bird commited suicide by dive bombing the windshield....2hrs. into the trip! Minnesota looks just like Wisconsin; rolling hills and farmland. We've seen a ton of what we're assuming are Sturgis bound motorcycles. There are 44 miles left of Minnesota. On to Sioux Falls, SD and the Corn Palace!

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Go West!

Jul 30, 2011 - Minnesota

Hello, it is Saturday afternoon and we're sitting in the shade of our camper enjoying a glass of wine at the Garvin Heights Winery. This winery is one that participates in the Harvest Host Program, which we joined before leaving on the trip, and allows campers to spend the night. Yesterday, Friday it was 63° at 7:30 AM, at 10:30 when we left for our bike ride it was 92°, we decided to leave the paved trails and road over the mound on a dirt and grass covered trail,about 2 miles, where we could see the buffalo herd. Very wet and challenging...

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Calgary and Beyond

Jul 5, 2011 - The Search For Stained Glass Windows In Winona, MN

From Whispering Pine Campground – Holmen, WI We enjoyed our first full day of real Great River Road sightseeing in our 10th state……..Winona, Minnesota, today! Founded in 1851 by a steamboat captain this 160 year old city is nestled between tree covered limestone bluffs that rise above 500 feet and America’s river the Mighty Mississippi. Winona (We-No-Nah) is often referred to as an “island” in the Mississippi and because of its readily available waterfronts it was an early lumbering, milling and river transportation hub and one of the...

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Home Sweet RV - 2011

Jun 25, 2011 - Great River Road Trip

Promises of a wonderful Saturday with lots of sunshine had us up early, lunches packed and ready to hit the road by 8:30 heading along the Great River Road (GRR) also known as the Mississippi River. We have some good friends, Linda and Rudy, who have been traveling the GRR for the last several months. They started down in New Orleans and are following the course of the Mississippi upstream to the headwaters in Itasca State Park here in Minnesota. And yes, we will be meeting up with them again next month when they reach their final...

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Jun 24, 2010 - More Chapter 12 Rally

Wednesday was another full day. Breakfast in the morning. The hosts had planned Breakfast Burritos and were they ever good. I baked up a pan of biscuits and got a cup of sausage from them to make sausage gravy. Our tour was the Minnesota Maritime Museum. But it was really an art gallery. Pictures weren't allowed inside but, as you will see, I got some good ones of the grounds. They also have a huge Tiffany Window. It came from a house that was being restored. The window had been removed during the resto and, when the house burned, was sold...

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Summer 2010 Travels

Jun 24, 2010 - Driving Down the Great River Road

We're spending the next few days on a relaxing drive down the Mississippi from the Twin Cities in Minnesota to Savannah, Illinois. We'll have three overnight stops - Winona, MN; Dubuque, IA and Mississippi Palisades State Park near Savannah, IL. The weather is warm and a bit muggy. We were a little disappointed that there is a lot of haze so that our views of the river are not as clear as we would have liked. The drive is easy and winds along the river. There are many bluffs overlooking the river that are reminiscent of the Hudson River...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Chapter 12 Rally

Finally got the pictures loaded = now it is time for breakfast. Will be back later with some narrative. Sorry, I didn't get back. We have been having a great time at the Rally but a bit busy (or I'm taking a nap when we aren't busy). Tuesday we took a tour of the Watkins museum. This is where they make the vanilla, pepper, salve etc. that the Watkins man used to deliver. Now days, it is more internet sales and fewer of the old vans. The most interesting part was the Administration Building built in 1912. It has a beautiful Tiffany window...

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Summer 2010 Travels

Oct 1, 2008 - Winona, MN

Cousin Delwin and Sherri showed us all the flood damage to Winona from the heavy rains. For their 50th wedding anniversary their kids put together a collage of pictures. A couple of the pictures included a family celebration of the grandparents on the family farm. To our surprise we found John about 4yrs. old and his sister Jean 12 yrs. A photo we had never seen. The next day we visited Cousin Grace (also a young girl in the above photo). We met her new dog Jack. She showed us all the flood damage in her town of Elba, MN. Her basement...

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May 11, 2008 - The mighty Mississippi

The trip down the banks of the Mississippi is written up in all the travel guides as one of the great road trips in the USA and it is very nice. Lots of scenery and oodles of old river towns with some very well preserved houses. And of course, everything is so much older than things out west – although compared to Quebec or New England, 150 -160 years of age is still just a baby! The trip starts in Minnesota just south of Minneapolis-St Paul, where, by the way, we did manage to avoid the temptation to go to the second biggest mall in North...

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