LOCATION: Letts, Iowa in far SE part of state
CAMPGROUND: Ardon Creek Vineyards and Winery. A Harvest Host site. Nice grassy, level area to park. Very nice owner helped us set up, giving us the option of parking on the gravel entrance, concerned that the grass might be too soft. Good wine. Nice patio seating area. Very very quiet. We are the only ones here. A porta-pottie! 5 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Hot and summer-like. High 85
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 3 hours
We hung around Ridge View Winery, using their electricity for air-conditioning. The morning soon became hot so the A/C was welcomed. We took off for another night’s Harvest Host stay.
We zig-zagged through farmland north and west. Nothing eventful on the route, other than some massive farm machinery that took up all of one lane and part of my side of the road, too! We crossed over the Mississippi River from Illinois to Iowa. We think this is our 14th crossing on this trip.
Guess what we encountered 4 miles from the winery???!!! Another gravel road!!! It wasn’t as bad as yesterday’s but we followed the gravel dump truck and it was very dusty.
The vineyard/winery is lovely.
We are parked in a big grassy area where cars park when they have their Friday night concerts. It seems pretty dry, but we will leave early tomorrow morning as rain is predicted again.
This is the view from our front door, overlooking the grapes and the winery/tasting room.
We tasted their wines and bought one white and one red we liked. Once the tasting room closed at 4:00, we took our drinks to their patio and enjoyed the late afternoon.
It was a bit hot, but it cooled off nicely. Most Harvest Host sites do not have amenities, so once summer is in full swing, we may not be staying in many. I do like my A/C!
DINNER: Thai pho. I made the noodles according to the package. Then I made a soup/sauce for the noodles – sauteeing a bit of leftover pork, onions, mushrooms, ginger in sesame seed oil, then adding fish sauce and broth. It was my first time making pho, and I will make it again. Probably spicier next time.