Going for Lunch with Cathy’s College Classmates Tueday 10-15-19

Left this morning at 9:00 AM for Alexandria, MN 164 miles away. Left in rain and it continued almost to Alexandria.

Got to Lake Carlos Villas about 12:30 PM. Had a great lunch prepared by Mary and Darrell. Soup, salad and sandwiches.

Talked mostly about travel to Europe and Darrell’s trip to Honduras.

Left at 4:30 PM and stopped in Fergus Falls to see my brother Pat and his wife Linda. Saw their beautiful apartment.

Stopped at ALDI and Fleet Farm in Fergus Falls and got home at 10:00 PM.

Tuesday 9-17-19 Getting Motorhome Ready for Next Trip

Got up and mowed the lawn in front of the house.

Had lunch, then pulled motorhome up to sewer clean out in front yard. Dumped the black and grey water tanks

Flushed the black water tank and filled the fresh water tank. Parked the motorhome in the driveway

The motorhome is ready for another trip later this month. We will be visiting friends in Brainerd and Bemidji.

Need to have the brake pads replaced on the motorhome and also get the driver’s side windshield replaced.

Monday 9-16-19 Cold Spring to Buxton

Spent the night at Jay and Becky’s.

Joy was worn out after three days with all of her family, humans, dogs and cats.

Was warm overnight and 77 F when we left at 11:30 AM. Jay didn’t have to be to work until noon, so were able to spend some time with him. He was setting up Savannah and Anya’s new laptop computers.

Drove from Cold Spring to Avon and then west on I-94.

We stopped in Alexandria at ALDI.

It is a convenient stop. They have a system to get the carts returned. You have to insert a quarter to take a cart.

You get the quarter back when you return the cart.

We picked up a lot good things including salami, pasta, vegetables, yogurt, chips and candy.

It is an easy drive over to Mills Fleet Farm

Bought a burger press that does regular burgers, stuffed burgers and sliders. Always make purchase in store to get four cent per gallon discount on gas

$2.419 after discount inside station

It took 56 gallons. We made 7.62 mpg on that tank.

Headed west on I-94 to Fargo. Turned north onto I-29. Stopped at Stamart to dump, but somebody was hogging the dump. After waiting awhile decided to dump at home. It was 89 F in Fargo.

Got home at 5:45 PM. It was 84 F and very humid.

Made mini pizzas we bought at ALDI

They were very tasty and the crust was like what we had in Italy

After dinner, Joy and I went across the street to watch American Ninja Warrior with Larry and Princess. Drew Drechsel won the Million Dollars, first winner in four years.

Will have to dump the tanks and now the lawn tomorrow.

Sunday 9-15-19 Hastings to Cold Spring

Was warm over night. Woke up to a nice sunny day parked at Alison and Jim’s.

After breakfast of bacon and eggs and visiting with Tony, Melissa and Bridgett, we headed out to Cold Spring at noon.

We went up US-61 to I-494 to I-35 to I-694 to I-94.

We stopped at Fuller Lake Rest Area north of Clear Lake

We turned off I-94 at MN-23 and headed west. We stopped at Jay and Becky’s in Cold Spring. We got there at 3:00 PM.

We found Bubbles the cat taking care of the place and greeting us

They were all at their lake place on Big Fish Lake. We drove out to the lake.

It was a perfect day at the lake, 79 F and nice breeze. We just watched the dogs playing.

Jersey had been fishing for the last four hours

We had chicken, pasta salad and hamburger sliders

Jay took Cathy, Joy and me for a ride on the pontoon boat. We saw some nice houses.

Joy really took to riding on a boat

We saw a beautiful sunset on the lake

We docked in the dark. There was a very nice campfire

Went back to Jay and Becky’s. We watched the movie “Miami Vice” and talked

Saturday 9-14-19 Shower for Riley

The reason for going to Hastings was for our grandson Andrew’ fiance Riley’s wedding shower.We slept in late. Cathy showered and went to the shower at 1:00 PM.Andrew picked me up and we went lunch at Philanders Grill and Bar. We each had a tall Spotted Cow and a hamburgerWe then went to St Croix Liquor to buy Spotted CowIt is only available in Wisconsin and lots of Minnesotans flock to Wisconsin to buy it.When we got back to Jim and Alison’s, Jim was home from work. He suggested that we go for a boat ride.We to the marina in downtown HastingsWe got on the boat and Jim started the engines. The starboard engine wouldn’t turn over. Jim had to tap the starter solenoid to get it goingWe headed out in the Mississippi to the St Croix. We went under the new highway bridgePast some bargesUnder the draw bridges into the clean waters of the St CroixWe saw a lot nice swimming beaches and expensive housesWhen we got back home, we ent to eat Wiederholts Supper Club in Miesville, MN. This was the second Supper Club this weekThey have been in business for over 70 years.I had Ham Steak off of the light eaters section of the menuIt was a huge piece of ham with pineapple on top. I brought most of it home.We went back to Alison and Jim’s and had coffee and talked.

Friday 9-13-19 East Ashtabula Crossing to Hastings

It continued to rain over night. When I went out at 9:00 AM, just about everyone was gone

Talked to Joyce and Myron and got ready to leave

Left campground at 10:30 AM. Went down. Hwy 21 to Hwy 6 to Hwy 32 and then I-94 to Fargo.

Stopped at Mills Fleet Farm for gas. Willie and Gerry were also there. They were on their way to the Grape Stomp in Alexandria.

Went into store for candy and nuts for 4 cent/gal discount on gas

It took 70 gallons.

Got two free bags of fresh popcorn

Got out of Fargo at noon.

Stopped at Rest Area west of Alexandria. Truck next to us had two Border Collies

Drove on to Hastings and got there at 6:15 PM. Parked in front of Alison and Jim’s house. Alison was out getting things for Riley’s shower tomorrow.

Jim had to go to bed at 8:00 PM because he has to go into work early to fix damage done by water main break by their switch gear.

Joy played with the kids and Nala, Sean’s cat. Joy was excited to see Alison when she got home at 9:00 PM. She had to work late because of a patient emergency at the clinic.

WIT Campout in New Rockford Friday 8-9-19

Day started overcast. Cathy went to bakery at 8:00 AM to pick up cinnamon and caramel rolls.

Everyone brought something. We had bacon, sausages, salmon, grits, hash. Potatoes and eggs, brownies, fruit, muffins

The sun came out while we were eating

The first motorhome left at 10:30 AM

They pulled out slowly until only the hosts were left

We left at 12:50 PM. We headed out on US-281 to ND-15. We stopped in Tolna to walk Joy

We stayed on ND-15 to ND-18. At Hatton we headed east to Buxton via Traill Co 14 and 21. We got back to Buxton at 4:00 PM