LOCATION: Nelson, Wisconsin
CAMPGROUND: Nelson’s Landing RV Park
WEATHER: “UFF-DA” – Quote from the weatherman when he predicted today’s 94 high temps. We are definitely in Wisconsin!!!
I took a walk around sweet Nelson before it got too hot. Population 350, it reminds me a bit of the town where I grew up. It still has a 1950s feel. As I walked around the residential section, I watched people tending their vegetable gardens (looking very healthy!) and saw youngsters riding their bikes around, accompanied by their mothers pushing baby strollers.
Suddenly, a group of about 20 cars came up behind me, honking and waving their arms. It was a rolling birthday party for someone down the street. The cars were decorated with balloons and signs. I waved at the cars; the people happily waved and tooted back, with grins from ear to ear on their faces. It was so sweet!
I know the USA gets a bad rap for its Covid-19 behaviors. However, so far on this trip, we have found people to be extremely compliant with mask-wearing, social-distancing, and staying outside. Most restaurants only serve on outdoor patios. We, along with 99% of others, wear masks. This drive- by birthday party was another way to stay safe, while showing a lot of love. Even the animals in one of the town’s biker bars are compliant!
The town gets most of it revenue, I think, from tourists driving on the Great River Road, which goes right through town. There are always a lot of bikers drinking beer and/or munching on ice cream cones (sometimes both simultaneously!)
And, in the winter, it is a popular snowmobile destination.
In addition to the 5 bars downtown along the highway, there are 2 fireworks shops and 2 liquor stores, especially convenient for the Minnesotans. Up until recently, Minnesota liquor stores were closed on Sundays, so these places do a lot of business.
I spotted this pick-up downtown selling fresh blueberries and vegetables. I picked up a pint of their freshly picked berries.
Lunch was a veggie pizza back at the Nelson Creamery. This- our 3rd visit in 2 weeks- shows how much we like this place! It was busy selling ice cream cones, but the bistro in the back was nice and quiet.
We took a road trip around Nelson to check out its other offerings. We stopped by this very popular winery that looks like it belongs in Italy. We did a wine-tasting, which was a nice experience, but the wine (expensive) wasn’t all that good.
Then, on to a fish farm. It is stocked with trout and is a fun place to catch some fish. Called “Eat My Fish”, they clean and cook the fish for you if you would like. It is a Harvest Host site, and we saw one RV parked their for the night.
Then, on our way home, what do we spy but a microbrewery! We split an IPA and listened to the band for a while. All locals inside, enjoying the day in a converted machine shed.
For dinner, we drove about 3 miles to Nelson Stone Barn Pizza. It is an old barn whose stone walls have remained, without a roof. Tables are dotted around the barn’s old walls and in the field. The pizza, from their brick oven, is paper thin and super delicious.
It was a lovely evening, sitting outside around a cornfield.
BOOK: Since we were so busy, it is surprising that I was able to finish up another book — “In a Dry Season” by Peter Robinson. I’m reading his entire series, about a detective in the North Yorkshire (England) Dales. I like it mostly because of the memories we have of housesitting there.