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Old 07-25-2014, 06:11 AM   #15
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Many beautiful county campgrounds in MN.

On your return trip, if you go back thru Iowa, be sure to stop and poke around in Winterset, where Bridges of Madison County was filmed. Beautiful town.

Albert Lea was an ancestor of mine.



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Many beautiful county campgrounds in MN.

On your return trip, if you go back thru Iowa, be sure to stop and poke around in Winterset, where Bridges of Madison County was filmed. Beautiful town.

Albert Lea was an ancestor of mine.



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Hi Maggie,

I will make a travel note about Winterset. Thanks for tip. Right now, we are making our way up to the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota to do some exploring.

Since you mentioned being a descendent of Albert Lea, I Googled him and was surprised to find that a city in Minnesota was named in honor of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army.

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what road did you take through Iowa?
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We traveled US 218 through Mount Pleasant, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and on to Floyd where we took US 18 west over to I-35, and then north to Albert Lea. The road was good and the scenery pleasant. It was nice to spend a day away from the interstate.

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Hi Maggie,

I will make a travel note about Winterset. Thanks for tip. Right now, we are making our way up to the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota to do some exploring.

Since you mentioned being a descendent of Albert Lea, I Googled him and was surprised to find that a city in Minnesota was named in honor of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army.

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Yes, pretty wild, isn't it?

Albert Pryor Lea, if I remember correctly. He was a Texas Ranger after the War, too, I believe, and a friend of Sam Houston's.

Lots of beautiful areas in Iowa and Minnesota. If you come back near Washington, Iowa, give a wave to Doug.

Have a great time, and keep posting pics.


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And, the Boundary Waters are spectacular.

We really loved the Superior National Forest campgrounds, which are easy to get into.

Heard a pack of wolves howling early one morning there.

They're up there, so mind your little dog, if you have one.



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We had rain this morning in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This delayed our departure until about 10 AM. Actually we just wanted to sleep-in and listen to the rain tapping on Lucy's roof.

After we got through Minneapolis, we got stuck in a massive traffic jam due to an accident in Monticello, Minnesota. Once we got through there, we were confronted with another traffic jam in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

It was a hard day traffic wise, but we still had a great time and saw some really nice scenery. We arrived at our friends' house in Lake George, Minnesota a little before 8 PM.

We set Lucy up in their driveway. They have RV hook-ups at their house, so Lucy was right at home. We will be spending the next few days here.

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All sounds good. Lucy must be easy pulling with your truck, but was she comfortable on that rainy morning? Or, are you missing those extra few feet of living space? Boundry waters are beautiful, hope you get some time to canoe them, you've probably done it before.
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All sounds good. Lucy must be easy pulling with your truck, but was she comfortable on that rainy morning? Or, are you missing those extra few feet of living space? Boundry waters are beautiful, hope you get some time to canoe them, you've probably done it before.
Yes, Lucy pulls easily with the one ton Duramax, even with the Outfitter on board. As to the living space, we are getting used to it. SuEllyn has maid noises that she misses the 25FB. Time will tell.

I worked up in the Boundary Waters area many years ago, but didn't get to do any of the fun stuff. Now we're retired.

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Brian, if SuElyn ain't happy, you , well....... Hope you have a good trip.

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It was a beautiful morning on Lake George, Minnesota. We were up and about fairly early this morning and made our way into the town of Lake George to attend their annual Blueberry Festival. We checked out the goings on and then we decided to take a ride up to Bemidji to look around. Bemidji is about 20 miles from Lake George.

Once in Bemidji, we looked around the old downtown, visited the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues, and did some shopping at Wal-Mart.

We returned to Lake George in time to partake in the Bean Feed at the Volunteer Fire Department. They served ham, beans, potato salad and rolls. The food was very good and they served over 400 people. This was a large group of people for a town that has a population of about 200.

We spent the rest of the evening visiting with our friends and hosts, Jeff and Linda. We watched a beautiful sunset on Lake George before retiring to Lucy for the night.

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Brian, if SuElyn ain't happy, you , well....... Hope you have a good trip.

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I wouldn't go so far as to say that SuEllyn is unhappy with New Lucy. This is our first really long trip with the new girl. We have spent about 80 nights in New Lucy, but up until now it all been in Jacksonville and Tampa.

SuEllyn keeps comparing the 23FBto our old 25FB. The comments are usually negative toward New Lucy. I am hoping that this will change as as we become more accustomed to the 23FB layout.

After all, we are on a cross country adventure in an Airstream with no particular schedule or itinerary. What more can one ask for?

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After all, we are on a cross country adventure in an Airstream with no particular schedule or itinerary. What more can one ask for?

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Exactly.


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This morning we awoke to the pitter patter of rain on Lucy's roof. We had to force ourselves to get up and out so that we could attend the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station in Lake George. There was a long line, but we managed to finally get some really good blueberry pancakes.

After the breakfast, we decided that we would take a drive down to Park Rapids and do some looking around. Park Rapids is about 20 miles south of Lake George. On the way, we passed through Emma, Minnesota, which has the dubious honor of being the smallest town in the state with a population of 4.

When we got to Park Rapids, we stopped at the L&M Fleet Supply. It is a large farm and ranch supply store. We spent over an hour there looking at their wares. They had a whole bunch of really cool stuff, much of which we had absolutely no idea what it is used for. We did buy some really nice brass plumbing connections for Lucy and several other hardware items.

From there, we rode around Park Rapids taking in the sights. On our way out of town, we stopped at a local RV dealer who sold these very unusual looking travel trailers. They are combination travel trailers and ice fishing houses. These trailers are pulled out onto a frozen lake in the winter. The trailer wheels retract and allow the trailer sit directly on the ice. There are a number of access holes in the floor of the trailer through which you can auger a hole in the ice and fish in heated comfort. Some of these trailers even had satellite television and sleeping accommodations for several people. We had never seen this type of trailer before.

We returned to Lucy in Lake George where we had a nice supper and visited with our friends.

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