I'm going to have to try Gail's version of this, as there would be fewer leftovers needing consumed. Could put it in a cast iron skillet in the oven.
Joe at Fireside Camper in Watertown, SD, fixed in a minute the loose wire that caused my vent fan to malfunction, and cleaned the inside of the vent for me while he was up there...at no charge.
He asked where I was headed, and when I told him I was hoping to get a site in the City Park here for the weekend, he called the camp host to see if there was anything available.
When the camp host didn't answer, he said "I'll call his wife"...both numbers in his cell phone. He then offered me some fresh tomatoes from his garden, which I gratefully accepted.
Neither had answered, but I headed on out there, and when I arrived the camp host was watching for me and told me Joe had called to tell him I was on my way and needed a site for a couple of nights.
He directed me to the few sites that were still vacant, I selected the only one left in the older, shady section, which is also near the bathhouse, and was paid up and headed to the grocery store by 10:30 this morning.
A nice little market, plenty of fresh produce, decent prices, and friendly staff. And where but way up Nawth does one find fresh bratwurst with wild rice in them...cooking as I speak, lean and beautiful.
This is a very nice, lakeside campground, well maintained, spotless, a beach I saw dogs romping on as we came in, and the always appreciated showers.
Going to do some cleaning in here, now that temps are cooler and there are no swarms of mosquitoes to torment the moment one is out the door
, ride my bike, walk Lily, and chill out here til Sunday morning.
Preferring few reservations to the structure of pre-determined stops, we learned early on that one wants to get a site for the weekend at the earliest opportunity, as when weather is beautiful everyone wants to be camping...and things fill up fast.
Better to get settled in early than risk a hot parking lot somewhere, or creek side with cows staring at you from the other side, because nothing is available.
We had the cows one Friday evening in WVA, next morning waking up to the ladies of a pre-Civil War church readying the gathering area for their annual BBQ and ice cream social....necessary to pay the heating bills in winter.
We chatted with them, made a donation to the heating fund, and moved on.
Sometimes...the universe seems to be testing you, seeing what kind of strong stuff you are made of. Other times, everything aligns, and you feel that unseen forces are caring, enfolding and looking out for you.
Today was one of the latter, and I like those best.
Doug would say "Buddha smiles".