LOCATION: Nelson, Wisconsin
CAMPGROUND: Nelson’s Landing RV Park
WEATHER: Super duper! High 78. Even a bit chilly in the AM!!!
We decided to cancel our St. Cloud RV Park reservation in addition to the campground near Brainerd (northern Minnesota) and just stay here for 5 nights. It will mean a lot less hassle (not having to drive through the Twin Cities to and from). There is a lot to do in this area, making day trips to cute river towns along the Mississippi. And, this is a beautiful RV park, well-run, new, clean, and almost empty.
For lunch, we drove about 5 miles to Pepin, Wisconsin. Pepin is located on Lake Pepin, which is a lake in the middle of the Mississippi. It was formed when the silty Chippewa River and the Mississippi merged many years ago. A natural dam with all the silt created the lake. It is a very popular tourist destination with a marina. Mid-week it was nice and calm.
We ate lunch on the patio of The Pickle Factory restaurant, overlooking the marina. We shared a Reuben sandwich, something we haven’t had in ages.
Back to Joy for a rest. Boy, life is hard! 🙂
Then, a very nice surprise…..Our good friend that lives in Michigan and in St. Paul, MN was driving through the area toward Michigan. She stopped by to say hello. We walked 1/2 block to the Nelson Creamery from our RV park, and enjoyed a glass of wine with her on the patio.
DINNER: Shrimp soba salad. This is a very nice, refreshing summer salad. You can substitute a lot of veg; I followed the recipe – corn kernels, thinly sliced English cucumber, radishes, and scallions. Make a sauce with mirin, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, soy sauce, lots of minced ginger, and sesame oil. Boil and cool a few shrimp, and mix in the shrimp with the veg. Pour a bit of the sauce over the shrimp/veg mix. Let marinate for 1/2 hour. Then, add the rest of the sauce and the cold, drained, cooked Japanese soba noodles.