Monday, August 10, 2015
Chapter 40 - St Paul to Shell Lake, Wisconsin
The drive this morning had most of the features we love: it was short, the roads were out in the countryside and the traffic was light, and the scenery was pretty with lots of trees, rolling hills, and the many cornfields we have come to expect. Since there is no direct highway that leads to Shell Lake from St Paul we made lots of turns and highway changes and were it not for the excellent assistance of our Garmin, I am sure that we would have gotten lost. But we did not, and by 10:30 am we pulled into the Red Barn Campground and we were immediately greeted by our friend Dotty Swan. After a few hugs and a brief discussion we were shown to our pull-thru, full hookup campsite which without question was one of the loveliest campsites that we have been offered since our adventure began on May 26th.
Kathy and I and Cabo climbed aboard the wagon and went for a most delightful one hour ride around the property including going over to nearby Shell Lake where Lee and Dotty own a "cottage" where we picked up some of their grandchildren and a son-in-law, and then back into the property where we took a long ride back into some of their 100 plus acres that used to be grazing land. It was a wonderful experience for us old folks and for the young kids as well. A unique experience especially to find at a campground. It was hard to know whether Cabo enjoyed the ride although not once did he complain.
Today is to be a day of total relaxation as we have no local tourist attractions to visit, no spectacular cathedrals, and no high mountain vistas or deep gorges to view. Other than a short visit to downtown Shell Lake which should take very little of our time, today is a day where we have nothing planned and it is wonderful. I even delayed taking my shower and getting dressed until after 8 am this morning and that is a personal record for goofing off. Even Cabo was happy since today he was mostly exempt from long car rides which he hates and he was free to walk around the campground without a leash, at least within reason. Obey my rules and no leash! OK Mom.
Since we had nothing planned today I was actually pleased when at one-thirty this afternoon it started to rain. This gave us the opportunity for the first time since we have owned our travel trailer to sit outside under our awning listening to the rain as it hit the awning, talk occasionally, and continue reading our books without a guilty feeling about missing out on a visit to some great tourist attractions. Both of us are reading mystery novels by David Baldacci. Such a delightful outdoor afternoon would not be available in Florida with its high heat and humidity but here in Shell Lake the temperatures are only in the high 60s and the humidity is low even with the rain. Across from us was another travel trailer and we watched them with a smile as their whole family consisting of three adults and three young children sat at their picnic table under their awning eating lunch. Like us, it did not seem to bother them one bit that it was raining.
But tomorrow we will leave early for the Summer Breeze Campground and RV Park located on the western border of the State of Michigan near the City of Iron Mountain. We are headed for the Straits of Mackinac.