Friday 7-23-21 Back Home to Buxton

It was 78F & humid when we went to bed and the same when we got up. Ran the generator and AC before going to bed.

Vern and Doris went home after the show as they live only an hour away in Detroit Lakes.

Bob & Gloria left before we got up.

Willie and Gerry were the first to leave

Then Jerry & Colleen. Donna and Cathy & I then hooked up and set off at 10:45AM

Went west on MN-87 then north on US-71 to Park Rapids. Went west on MN-34 to Detroit Lakes. Took US-10 to turn to I-94 just east of Moorhead. Turned north on I-29. Stopped at Stamart on 12th Ave in Fargo for propane

Headed north on I-29 and stopped at Cardtrol in Buxton to fill up

Gas $2.999 in Buxton

Stopped at $100

Swiped the card again

Total 46.77 gal and $140.

It was 96F when we got home.

Thursday 7-22-21 Hubbard, Mn & Church Basement Ladies

Overnight low 68F & high today 83F. Mostly cloudy, rained most of the night and humid today.

Had coffee at 9:30 AM. Donna called to order a club meeting. Discussed club officers and August campout. Will have election of officers in fall. Plan on August campout at Regent.

At noon drove motorhome down to boat launch parking lot to hookup the Equinox.

Took a picture of Long Lake. They use it for Scuba training & testing

It is up to 200′ deep and very clear

Headed east on US-200 to US-71 and then south on US-71 to MN-87 to Hubbard

Got to Long Lake Theater and disconnected

The theater is a Methodist Church

and a Congregational Church

joined together by a Pub & Lobby

At 5:00PM we went to the Hilltop Cafe for dinner

They have nice Patio Dining

The interior is nicely decorated

I had a Rodeo Burger

Cathy had Walleye Tacos & Salad

The food was very good

At 6:30PM went to Pub Lobby and bought tickets

I decided to support the Lutheran Beer Drive by buying a Bemidji Brewery Beer

At 7:00PM we went into the theater. We sat about 1/3 from the front.

The Set was a Church Basement Kitchen

The show started at 7:30PM and lasted two hours with a 15 minute intermission.

I moved the motorhome to a level area in the parking lot.

Wednesday 7-21-21 Mississippi Headwaters

Less smoke today. Mostly overcast. Low overnight was 68F and high today 77F.

We all got together for coffee at 9:30AM.

We then headed to the Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca Park. We had to get a Daily Vehicle Permit for $7.00.

It was self serve at this North Entrance

We stopped first at the Mary Gibbs Visitor Center

Mary Gibbs was first woman Park Manager in North America

We then walked to the Headwaters

Someone was nice enough to take a group photo of us

We then went to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

It was a beautiful building with a lot of informative areas inside. We watched a 10 minute video.

Jacob V. Brower was a prolific writer of the Upper Midwest.

Some wanted to take the Itasca Lake Boat Tour, but after seeing the steps to the landing changed their mind.

We went back to Long Lake. At 4:00PM we had Happy Hour

We decided to go to the Knob & Kettle Bar & Restaurant about 14 mi SE on US-71

It was very busy, but they got us all seated

I had Hamburger and Draft Bud Lite

Cathy had a Chicken Salad

It was very good. I asked where the name came from. It is Glacier Terminology. Kettles were formed when the glacier scraped up material and Knobs were formed where the material was deposited.

We went back to camp and had another campfire.

Tuesday 7-20-21 WIT Nodak Flickertails Campout at Long Lake Campground

Got hooked up and left Buxton at 2:00PM

Drove east to Climax, north on US-75 to Polk-45 to Mn-9 to US-2. Turned at Bagley to pickup US-200. Had to take US-2 because a bridge is being replaced on US-200 west of Zerkel.

It was very smokey from Canadian fires, 1 mile or less visibility at Bagley

Got to Long Lake Clearwater County Campground at 4:15PM. Checked in at office

Several club members were sitting at table in front of office.

Got setup in pull through site 40

At 5:15PM we went to Lobo’s 6mi east on US-200 for dinner

Beautiful building, lots of stuffed animals

Nice bar

I had Chicken Strips

Cathy had a California Burger

Large serving and very good.

We went back and finished the night with a campfire

Went back to motorhome and watched the last 7 minutes of the NBA championship game. Milwaukee Bucks won in 6 games.

Friday 6-11-21 Early Morning Storm

First thunder at 3:50AM. Joy immediately awoke and started barking and running the length of motorhome, back and forth. Rain, then high wind. It lasted over 2 hours and Joy barked the whole time.

When it got light I looked outside. Our Canopy was upside down in the woods.

Tim helped me pull it out of woods and set up to dry and pack up.

There wasn’t much sign of rain.

Mark, Vern & Doris and Bob & Gloria had left early.

I helped Tim dump his holding tanks

Willie came down and we talked awhile.

Tim had to leave to take motorhome to Grand Forks and then get to a funeral in Fargo.

Willie & Gerry hooked up and took off

Donna was hooking up her Equinox and we talked for quite awhile. She then headed out to Fargo

I then moved the motorhome over to the dump station and dumped

Then hooked up the Equinox

Went through Erie to Cass Co 26. Headed east. The wind was strong but behind us, probably at least 30 mph.

Turned north on ND-18 and drove through Hunter. There was a lot of standing water in the fields and ditches on the way to Blanchard. Saw a round grain bin blown off it’s foundation and laying in a field.

Turned east on US-200 and again had the wind at our backs.

Turning on to I-29 was a little tricky with the construction at Alton. A truck slowed to let me merge.

Got to Buxton and filled with gas at Cenex Cardtrol

$2.899/gal

19.975 gallons

Got to the house and there were a lot branches down

Unhooked the Equinox. Drove around Buxton. Didn’t see any damage. The stove and microwave clocks showed that the power was off for 4 hours. The rain gauge showed . 65 inches of rain.

At 5:00PM Joy and I went across the street to play and have a drink. We sat on Larry’s patio. It wasn’t the same without Kitti Kat. Sniffels, their other cat came out for a few minutes. It was sunny and 80F.l

Made Mac & Cheese with Little Smokies and salad for dinner.

Thursday 6-10-21 Day at Brewer Lake

Slept in. Got up and made coffee. Took Joy for a walk.

Joined Tim & Mary under their awning. Played ball with Jersey & Joy. Mark joined us.

Bob & Gloria were out for a walk

There are 5 RVs in full hookup at $25/night.

Tim & Mary, John & Cathy, Donna. Willie & Gerry and Vern & Doris

There are 2 RVs parked in electric only

Mark and Bob & Gloria

There was someone fishing below us on the fishing pier

We just sat in the shade and talked

Ladina came to collect the payments

At 6;00PM we had dinner. Left overs from last night and brats.

After dinner Tim and I tried to add a ROKU to their outside TV. We gave up. He will be adding a new mount to pull out, tilt and swivel.

It was sunny all day. 92F and wind from south at 11 to 12 mph. Around dinner time it changed to northeast.

Wednesday 6-9-21 Campout at Brewer Lake

The day started at about 2:00AM when it thundered and Joy barked for an hour.Cathy got up at 5:30 AM. She was going to go to a dental appointment with David in Bismarck. I got up at 6:30AM. Made the bed and a cup of coffee.At 7:00AM Kim, David’s care giver, and David drove up.David was in his chair in the backI toasted a bagel and watched TV. Then finished loading the motorhome and Equinox.Larry helped me hook up the EquinoxI left Buxton at Noon. I drove down I-29 to AltonThat building is 235′ tall and I used to work on the very top.Turned west on Alternate US-200 West to BlanchardThen south on ND-18 to HunterThen west on Cass County 26 to the Eirie turn. Then through ErieSouth and across the RR tracks turn to Brewer LakeWe pulled in to the Brewer Lake CampgroundWe parked west of Donna in the full hookup sites.Tim and Mary came just as we finished parking and parked next to us.At 3:00PM Cathy called. The muffler and exhaust pipe had fallen off and was dragging. They were just west of Steele. A highway patrolman led them to a body shop in Steele where they fixed it so they could go on.We were sitting in the shade and getting caught up with the last year.

7 members came just for the day, Denis & Betty, Al & Colleen, Mark and John E.

At 6:00PM we had dinner. Pulled pork & pulled chicken sandwiches beans, potato salad, coleslaw and lots of desserts.After dinner we had the WIT meeting.I went over to Tim and Mary’s and had a drink and watched TV while Cathy went to bed.The day was in the 90’s with a stiff wind out of the south. After dark it got calm and dropped to the 70’s.

Monday 5-17-21 Bismarck, ND to Buxton, ND

Nice sunny morning in Bismarck. Overnight low 50F and 61F at 9:00AM. 82F in Buxton at 6:00PM. Windy the whole drive. Out of the south at 20 to 24 mph and frequent gusts.

Walked Joy in the Kiwanis Park Dog Walk area adjacent to Elk’s Lodge RV parking

Cathy and I met Chuck, a High School classmate, at Perkins one block east of Elks Lodge. He drove up on Tricycle he made

We enjoyed coffee and pie while learning of his law enforcement career and travels.

Got everything put away snd got motorhome ready to go.

Left Bismarck at noon. Headed east on I-94. Stopped to walk Joy at Rest Area just before Jamestown.

There was an Electronic Sign saying Free Covid-19 Shots at Rest Area just before Tower City.

Stopped at Fleet Farm in Fargo for gas

Went in and bought some snacks and got 4 cent off coupon

Payed $2.719 gal with coupon.

Made 8.5 mpg between Richardton and Fargo.

Drove north on I-29 to home in Buxton. Got home at 6:00PM.

Joy and I went over to Larry and Princess’s for Happy Hour.

Everything seems fine at home. Will have to mow the lawn soon.

Sunday 5-16-21 Spearfish, SD to Bismarck, ND

Mostly sunny today. Overnight low 49F. 60F by time I walked Joy.

Made coffee.

Walked Joy.

Toasted a bagel and watched Fox News.

Filled Fresh Water Tank, dumped Black & Grey Tanks

Talked to our neighbor in Travel Trailer

They are going from SD to Colorado then NM. They are from Bend, Oregon

Headed out at 11:20AM.

Went north on US-85.

Saw white patches in the fields. Thought it was alkali. Turns out it was snow from yesterday. Saw last of it just west of New Salem

Passed through Buffalo SD, Bowman & Amidon, ND. Stopped at Cenex in Belfield for gas. Pumps were busy and people weren’t leaving. Left and decided to stop at Cenex in Richardton

Pulled right in

Gas was $2.799

There was a Dollar General next door and an ambulance picked someone up from the store.

Cathy walked Joy

I checked the Equinox and the battery was dead.

Drove to Elks Lodge in Bismarck where we are spending the night.

Put Booster on battery in Equinox

Started the generator and put the charger on the Equinox battery

My sister Judy and husband Cary came and we sat outside in the 80F evening

Went a block down the street and picked up dinner

Watched YouTube videos

Saturday 5-15-21 Rock Springs, WY to Spearfish, SD

Overcast most of the day. 10 minutes of rain at 2:10AM. Down to 44F overnight. In the 50’s most of the day. Light rain 30 mi south of Gillette, WY and last 15 miles before Spearfish.

Cathy couldn’t get to sleep, she couldn’t breathe while laying down.Rock Springs is 6,388′ above sea level. We checked oxygen with an oximeter. Cathy was 90% and I was 88%.

Got on the road at 7:45AM.

Headed down I-80 to Rawlins.

Stopped at Flying J for gas

It was $3.039 gal

Mileage was 7.5 mpg.

Headed to Casper. Beautiful drive on US-287 and WY-220.

Stopped at Independence Rock Rest Area

This is the only stop I made when going from Escondido to Bismarck when I lived in CA.

Stopped at Flying J in Gillette

Gas was $2.769 gal. Mileage was again 7.5 mpg.

Drove east on I-90 to Spearfish, SD. Took Exit 14 to Chris’ Camp campground.

Got pull through site T

Hooked up electricity and put out the slides.

We are right next to shower building and pools

There is a nice Dog Park

Cathy heated up some chili and we had that with coleslaw for dinner

Watched Fox News and YouTube videos