Land of 10,000 Lakes, U Betcha!

CAMPGROUND: Again, not a real campground, but an Airtream residential park. Full hook-ups. Screened cabana. $42/night. 4 stars. See commentary below
LOCATION: Clear Lake, Minnesota – near St. Cloud, in west central part of state.
WEATHER: Perfect. Sunny. High 70

We awoke to the sounds of workers getting set up in the winery at the Harvest Host winery, and guys mowing the grounds. Very nice.

While George took over the Airstream with his yoga and exercises, I walked around. I just couldn’t stop myself from taking lots of photos.

They are set up for another wedding this weekend..

We headed out mid-morning and drove about 200 miles, due north today to our next destination. We passed a lot of beautiful lakes and cute lakeside communities.

Hungry, and with no rest stops around, we stopped in a little town that proclaims to be the “Corn Capital”. Of what? , I wondered. We stopped at the Chatterbox Cafe, namesake of the little cafe Garrison Keilor talked about in his “Prairie Home Companion” public radio show that we used to listen to a lot. The waitress was super friendly and the floor sweeper chatted a lot with us.

This one, established in 1956, hasn’t changed much over the years. We got some “home cookin'” for $8 for the 2 of us.

Then, we arrived at this Airstream Park. It is one of about 8 Airstream-only communities in the USA. It has 125 sites. Almost all of them are occupied by owners for 6 months a year. (It closes in winter.) There are a few sites that are used for short-term rentals like ours. Each site has full hook-ups and a screened cabana. Some have small sheds. There is a lot of green space, so you aren’t right next to your neighors. Nice swimming pool and clubhouse that looks quite popular with lots of activities. It is on a golf course, which is its main draw, and a small lake for kayaking. People have done a lot of nice gardening on their lots. It is VERY quiet. We don’t know where everyone is!

We walked around the park, checking out some of the lots that are for sale. There are all kinds of Airstreams – from refurbished vintage ones to brand new ones, and all sizes and models.

We drove in to St. Cloud to do some shopping and to check out one of their breweries. The beer was good, but it was so noisy that we couldn’t talk. We sat outside in the nice sunshine instead.

DINNER: I needed to use up the veg we bought at the Harvest Host farm the other day, so…..first course was a salad with cucumbers and tomatoes. Main course was pita pockets with the last of the shish-kabob meat George grilled awhile back. I sauted some peppers to go with the meat, and added feta cheese. Another side was cucumbers marinated in yogurt with lemon juice. A nice summer meal!

After dinner, we sat around a nice campfire with wood provided by the lot owner.

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