Minnesota Marvels. Let’s Go!
We love the cool air of Minnesota! The locals opened their arms to us as we explored their towns. Our camping home for a week was an RV Resort in Hinckley. There is plenty of room to bike, an 18 hole golf course, manicured lawns, full-hookups, and stellar showers if you need them. You will also discover a Casino with modestly-priced restaurants, and a place to deposit your money or win big and buy a condo on St. Croix. Grand Casino RV Park is owned by the Ojibwa tribe and they do a great job of managing it. We also visited their Grand Casino on Mille Lacs Lake that features an Indian Museum.
Dixie and Steve, two of our friends from Minneapolis, came up to spend the weekend with us. The goal was to bike a lonesome trail or kayak on the St. Croix River. Rain cancelled those plans, so we visited the Hinckley Fire Museum and explored the town of Mora with them. It is always great to find people who have similar views about politics and life in general.
Fourth of July was spent without bangs and fireworks! What a relief! The full-timers at the RV Resort got together and decorated their golf carts. About 25 of them circled the resort for a couple of times throwing candy and gifts at everyone! I thought it was Mardi Gras!
Along the way we bought great food from Amish ladies and the famous Toby’s bakery and restaurant. After our friends returned home to their jobs, we explored a few of the towns around Hinckley.
One day we circled Mille Lacs Lake in search of a summer RV site on the lake. We drove as far as Brainerd and found no cement or paved pads for RV’s. We camp on gravel or grass only if we are staying for a day or so. For long term stays we prefer cement and a clean area for our beloved canines.
The small and isolated towns of Northern Minnesota have been in decline for years. In Askov, a Danish town, we discovered gorgeous sandstone architecture with the windows boarded up. One of those buildings was a stunning Masonic Lodge. The steps were crumbling and all of the windows were open with the door ajar. How sad! This was not the first time I wanted to rescue historic buildings that locals do not treasure.
In Hinckley we dined at the Fire Storm Cafe. The food was terrific! I wondered how you could make a living with so few customers? I asked the owner. He said that he made enough to live and he was his own boss! The restaurant did not have a mortgage and he didn’t have to work for Walmart!
Real Estate is undervalued in this part of Minnesota. Land costs about $1000 an acre and you can purchase estate-sized properties for less than $300,000. Many homes sell for under $100,000.
It is tempting to think about selling all and trekking north to the land of luscious trees and a thousand lakes.
P.S. Wait A Minute! Exit Vacation
Just as we were about to make a daytrip to Duluth and Lake Superior, we received a call that Tom’s mom was dying. This was a shot in the heart! We had to negotiate a longer lease on the rental car, plead for a refund for our days left at the RV Resort, and then find a RV place to stay in Wisconsin on July 5 the busiest camping day of the year! Almost everything was booked but we found a sultry spot about 40 miles away from Tom’s mother.
On the Go!
It was a long, fast, and hard 350+ mile drive with the RV and a car following. When we arrived his siblings were holding a vigil day and night with his mother. This has been going on for days. His mom Janet Mabel Oscar Hemling passed away only hours ago on July 9 at the wonderful age of 88. I kept thinking of the tune, “Will the Circle be Unbroken” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Johnny Cash. If you would like to hear this tune click here!
Tom has created an appreciation on my Facebook Page also. Click on Facebook.
In the midst of the vigil for Tom’s mom, my dear friend Anne Connole lost her battle with cancer. I have written An Appreciation for her on my Facebook page. (Click on Facebook.) I thought a fitting tune for her passing was “Oh Death.” Click on “Oh Death!”
As always, this post is copyrighted by Marla J. Selvidge