LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota – our (previous) home town! In southeast Minnesota
CAMPGROUND: Autumn Woods RV Park. This is about the 5th time we have stayed here. Was previously one of our favorites, but it has gone downhill. Trash at our site. Full hook-ups and paved, level site. Nice laundry room. Poor wifi. Showers and toilets are closed (supposedly due to Covid-19, but I think it is because they don’t have staff to clean them). At $50 night, rating goes down to 3 out of 5.
WEATHER: Hot. 95. We are hot; the locals are sweltering!
DRIVE: One hour
We didn’t dawdle at Myre-Big Island State Park this morning…we left fairly early for Rochester. It was an easy drive, but parts of the Interstate were closed due to construction, and we had to take detours.
After we got set up at the RV park, we contacted our daughter who lives here to make plans for the day. We visited her and her boyfriend at their apartment, did laundry, went shopping together, and hung out. Nice!
Then, in the evening, we took a traditional July 4th picnic to the home of our daughter’s boyfriend’s parents. They live in a beautiful, older neighborhood of Rochester with lots of big, shady trees. Their garden is full of vegetables and flowers.
George fired up the grill and we made hamburgers (vegan) and brats (the real thing).
We had a nice dinner. They made potato salad and some delicious guacamole. I made a cold soba noodle salad. (Comment if you would like the recipe).
We sat outside on their driveway surrounded by beautiful flowers, distanced apart, for a lovely meal and conversation. Not surprisingly, Rochester folks seem to be more vigilant about Covid-19 than any other place we have been.
Our daughter is off the next few days, so we will enjoy being with her. We want to see old friends and neighbors while we are here. We also have Mayo appointments, dentist appointments, and the all-important beauty shop appointment with my former hairdresser.