It's been a busy week since my return from the Michigan UP. A whirlwind weekend doing laundry and removing mud and pine needles from the camper and repacking. This time for a trip to the Lake Darling cabins with three very long-time friends. We were scheduled for this annual sojourn in May but Covid cancelled that. Normally, we eat out several times but decided to take all of our meals and share cooking. The problem was that the parks have removed all dishes and utensils from the cabins--again due to Covid--so we had to take all of that in addition to clothes, bedding, games, puzzles and lawn chairs.
But we had a great time. We have been through a lot together and it's always a great sharing time. We made one short shopping trip on Tuesday but spent the rest of the time hiking and working on a puzzle. We didn't even get any games in. But we had beautiful weather, yummy food, and a couple of nice campfires. Fall color was starting and we spent a lot of pleasant time on the cabin decks.
We returned home Thursday morning and I had 24 hours for more laundry, a much needed haircut, and to return the dishes and clothes to the camper. I arrived at Fishermen's Corners campground in East Moline to join friend and former coworker, Marcia, and her husband Harlan for a few days. Yesterday we visited the Quad Cities Botannical Garden--a place I had never been. It's a beautiful place and currently decorated for Halloween. We also stopped at an apple orchard and picked up some goodies. The afternoon brought a long nap and some reading followed by steak and salmon, grilled potatoes, veggies, pumpkin bars and s'mores. I had no trouble getting to sleep.
Tomorrow I return home, and lest you thing my life is all play and no work, Tuesday I am working a satellite election site and then must dive into yard work before the city condemns my property. And more laundry.
We are on the last leg of our trip. We pulled in to Pulpit Rock, a city campground in Decorah, yesterday afternoon under blustery skies. By the time we set up, the clouds were gone and bright blue skies seemed promising. A half hour later, the clouds were back, the wind picked up, and driving rain commenced. Another half hour later, clear skies were back. As the saying goes, "if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes..." As we were all tired of our own cooking, we visited Mabe's Pizza in Decorah for supper--excellent choice.
One of the things we noticed here is a lack of leaves on the ground. At Brunet Island because of all the trees, the ground was covered, making it difficult to even differentiate the campground road. By the time we left, after a bit of rain, leaves were plastered to the sides and roofs of our campers. There were leaves on the rugs, the steps, the awnings, the insides, and in our hair. The road trip to Decorah, however was very windy and removed most of the leaves trying to make their escape.
We did make a road trip on Tuesday through the area around Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. We toured the campgrounds at Wissota State Park for future reference and visited the Leinenkugel Brewery but found the only food offered for lunch was pretzels. So we found one of those neighborhood bars where everyone knows your name and they offered good food. We also got in a nice walk back at the park, We spotted what we first thought was a dog near the beach, but then decided it was a coyote. However, our sharp observation powers soon revealed that it was just a little statue. We did spot a young buck for real in the woods.
So we'll do a little exploring of Decorah today. I hope to snag some lefse--a Norwegian treat my mother used to make. And tomorrow it's time to head home. I'm about out of clean clothes and my laundry bag is literally overflowing. And I need a haircut.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.