When we posted last, we were enjoying Winnebago’s hospitality in Iowa. We left there on Wednesday morning for a quick trip to Minnesota and Dakota County’s Lebanon Hills park. They had just opened the campground for the season and were able to get us in for an extra 2 days prior to our weekend reservation.
Thursday we had lunch with the Hilmos, the fellow Nomads who also are originally from Minnesota and we have known for years, but have yet to work with them. Our plans to volunteer together last fall in Missouri fell through when we were delayed in Duluth. We last saw them in Texas early in November, before they left for Florida. They have made the decision to “hang up the keys” and end their full-timing lifestyle after 17 years on the road. We wish them well as they take on this more traditional lifestyle, and will continue to keep in contact, especially during the winter when we will be somewhere warm.
On Friday, David and Brayden came to the site next to us for the weekend. We had a pleasant time around the campfire that evening.
On Saturday, Bob’s family held its annual reunion at a pizza parlor in Mankato. Eleven of the 16 possible cousins were there along with quite a few spouses and children and Aunt Marion, the only surviving Dakins sister. It was good to catch up with them, without the gathering being a wedding or funeral.
Sunday we moved to the street in front of Brett’s house for a few days. We will catch up with him and his family, and catch some of the girls’ sports while we are here. We are also taking the time to do tons of laundry, cleaning the motorhome, and catching up with friends.
This weekend is Minnesota’s opening weekend of fishing season, so the highways will become choked with traffic by noon on Friday. We will be gone before then as we expect to be parked at the lake by Thursday afternoon.