Day #91 – Fun on the Mississippi!

LOCATION:  Nelson, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River
CAMPGROUND:  Nelson RV Park.  We have stayed here once before and really liked the location and amenities – full hook-ups, large sites, few neighbors, lovely showers and bathroom, laundry, level site, firepit, and picnic table.  Only downside is that there is not too much shade – the park is new and the trees are still small.  $45/night.  5 stars
WEATHER:  When will this heat wave end?  High 102
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  2 hours

My high school friend Nancy who lives near the campground came over to breakfast.  She brought her sister who used to work in my father’s general store.  It was so fun seeing them again.  I served breakfast tacos and it was cool enough to sit outside at the picnic table.

You gotta love Minnesota.  This is the first state on our travels this year that has done any recycling.  Upon check-in, they give you a plastic bag for your garbage and this paper bag for your recycling, along with instructions….

We found a route that avoided metro Minneapolis, and made our way east to Wabasha, Minnesota where we crossed the Mississippi (again) into Wisconsin.  We passed through Red Wing, MN (home of Red Wing pottery and Red Wing shoes), pretty Lake City (birthplace of water-skiing), and Wabasha (where Grumpy Old Men movie was filmed).

This RV park does not have an office.  They do everything online.  Once I made the reservation, they sent us a bill which we paid electronically.  They emailed us instructions for setting up, bathroom code, and wifi code.  So, all we needed to do was go to our site to set up.  Very practical. 

After we got set up (including the electricity to run 2 air conditioners), we were off to have more fun!

A former Mayo Clinic co-worker recently bought a house outside of Wabasha right on the Mississippi River.  They are doing a major renovation project with the house maximizing river-front views.  They invited us to go to a restaurant via their pontoon.  Fun!

After a half-hour boat ride, we arrived at Reads Landing Brewery and Restaurant.  We tied up and went in for dinner.  In the 1800s, this was a booming trading town.

We had a nice dinner – George and I shared their shrimp and grits.

Back on the boat, we meandered up and down the river. We admired the beautiful (and expensive) waterfront houses.    We passed under the Wabasha-Nelson bridge

And, we passed by Slippery’s –  the restaurant where they filmed Grumpy Old Men

We got up close to some of the huge dredges that go up and down the river, clearing the channel

George jumped into the water for a quick swim and to cool off…

It was a great evening!  This ends our “social butterfly” season.  After today, we won’t be seeing any old friends or family for a long time.  Back to the 2 of us! 

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