Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

Archive for July, 2012

Door County, WI between Green Bay and Lake Michigan

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We stayed in a state park, Potowatamie, on the west side next to Sturgeon Bay

Russ and I are in Milwaukee area staying at my friend Ron’s home and getting to know his wife “Doc” and his two children.  Went to swim team practice and are going to tennis practice with the girls today.  Pictures will come on the next blog

I am trying to catch up so Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan and Green Bay turned out to be the best treat my brother Scott has given me.  He knew many Chicago friends who loved this area for a vacation retreat and for weekend getaways from the heat.  It is farmland and forest and some of the best state Parks you can imagine.  The weather was perfect and I could easily go back.

They grow cherries for pie making and we bought the pies instead.  The campground had great roads to bike and we enjoyed our rides through the forest peeking out on Green Bay as we went.  My favorite towns were Egg Harbor and Fish Creek.  There are lots of cool light houses to enjoy as well.  In fact on one of the walkways next to the coast guard station we met a couple that were new together who met on the last week of each of them wintering in Lake Placid Florida.  They suggested we try to get into their park next winter. We heard from that Motor Home park and they have 3 spots if we can commit for next winter.  Lots to think about as usual.  And so little time.

But most of you know that I watch for clues and ask questions and this seemed like a really great clue.   Did I tell you all that in Blackfoot Idaho at my sisters I saw a car that was from Bozarth dealership in Colorado.  The license plate had RON between a few number.  Together Ron Bozarth is his name-when I e-mailed him he surprised me that he had built a home in Wisconsin (I knew him from college and Seattle).  Asked us to come visit and we are having a terrific time.

Wolf Center at Ely, MN

You probably know but if you click on the pictures you will get full size.

Well my friends and family my photos at the Wolf Center were not the greatest.  When Russ and I arrived the new pups “show” had already begun.  It seems the center gets 2 new pups every 4 years.  These two arrived soon after they were born and have been raised by humans.  They will be introduced to the Pack in the next two weeks, must happen when they are not too big to be a threat to the Adult Pack and must happen before the female herd members loose the prolactin that occurs during summer months and makes them want to take the pups in.

The pups and the information were incredible and Boy Scouts were there, getting ready to do what my brother did in the 60’s-go off into the wilderness of the Boundry Waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and canoe and portage in be in the wilds.  Scott still remembers his experience vividly.

When we started to leave the room where we met the pups, we got to the other windows looking out on the land and ponds where the wolves live-we can also see only a small portion of their land-but two of the wolves walked out of the trees and enjoyed the fish in the pond. I tried to get movies but could not upload them on Facebook, besides I pulled them in closer and the quality was bad.

Russ and I ate a great vegetarian burrito at one of the pubs and then went to do many pounds of laundry.  Taking Russ to do laundry is high risk.  Today he tried to burn up the clothes in high high heat.  We had already visited with locals that were close to our age and told them what we are doing- and had them laughing about our Bickering and so they were all chuckling when I said, “You are just trying to get out of helping on the laundry”  “This is the same way you painted the office so that I would not ask you to paint again.”

We are in a Federal Park at $16 a  nite which is so cheap compared to anything else.  But we are in forest so thick that they carve out camping spots and roads and in between is green green green.  There is a river here but there are also mosquitos.  Tonight is Sunday nite and all the Minnesotans have gone home-we are 10 miles south of town and we know what it feels like to be in the wilderness.  Oh, yeah, when it gets dark here it is dark, this is not lighted nor do I see forest service people-in fact we were told on phone where to park and there was a card posted at the site with out names and dates.  Otherwise no contact-except for neighbors.  Tonite-no neighbors.

http://www.wolf.org/wolves/index.asp (copy and paste to see Center’s website and you can troll it all


http://www.youtube.com/user/IntlWolfCenter   (copy and past this in your http-get to see videos of pups)

Lamb’s Campground on Lake Superior

While we wanted to be north toward Grand Marais, getting places from the Minnisota Summer Rush to be outdoors made it difficult.  Everyone in Minnesota enjoys their summer weekend getaways.  All the parks get filled and everyone actually camps with tents, fires, and certainly no TV satellite dish-oh yes, there’s lots of children.

We are such a rare site that when they see our plates, they all want to ask us where we are from.

Gooseberry State Park, The Falls, The Bridge, The CCC

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The slide show speaks for itself.  I hiked quite a way on both sides of the river that day and Russ did one side of the river.  Shadow does pretty well on 1/2 mile walks.

As for bikes, there are so many ups and downs on the shore of Lake Superior, so we have not done as much this week.  Got to get back to it.  Also my back is hurting and I need to get in pools to exercise so I have to do more planning than I am.

Wisconsin is next week and I hope to see my friend Ron and his family in Milwaukee soon.

Am sitting next to people from Minnesota who think like us politically, and probably made lots of mistakes.

Got back to the RV and scrubbed the carpet.  My knees are red.  Then I walked down and climbed rocks on the shore where I could get some photo’s on the lake.

Grand Marais

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Today we are at Grand Marias which is a cute town on a quiet cove.  We ate at the pie place-they had the best ciabetta bun under the vegetables.  Jenean, I am counting on you to tell me how to spell the bread.  Russ went nuts and had Walleye fish (very famous here) in a batter on a huge bun of the same.  Then he shared a few bites of his peach and blackberry pie.  We are here for the second time-drove up and stopped at Temperance for a hike and came on up, so Russ could buy some things for the RV.

Having trouble getting blogs done up here.

Have decided to drive to Ely tomorrow.  There is a famous wolf center up there.  Pictures of that to come.

Had a bit of trouble getting my own pictures of Grand Marais-so borrowed these from their web site, but I saw all of these things including the black and white building that still exists today.

Duluth After the Flood

We really like Duluth.  It looks like a tough and hard working town that has known good and bad times.  Ships coming in, bridges from Minnesota to Wisconsin,  a ridge left by the glacier that allows one to view the whole place, history and drama.  Did you know that if Lake Superior was frozen over,  only happened twice, but if it was-then it would be possible for every human on the planet to spread out a 12 foot square blanket and occupy it and they would then cover the lake.  Big lake.

Another description is that it would take all the other great lakes to fill Superior, plus 3 more of Lake Erie, I think.

Anyway we drove the scenic highway on the ridge and got these pictures.  Then we drove out on the spit that you can see with the bridge that lifts skyward so that the big ships sail in under it.  All the cottages are on one street.  But there are Coast Guard stations and other  Reserve buildings.  I bet that all the cottages were military housing during the war, it makes me think of  San Diego.

It has a history like SF in a way.  The mines built it up and the lake was there to get the ore moved.  The forests around here are just incredible.  I have never been anywhere so green except Taiwan.

Butterflys were everywhere today and 85 degrees felt perfect-cause the lake keeps the area cooler and not so humid.

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Minnesota is a Great Place

We really liked Camden State Park except it was so hot and humid.  I loved driving across the Mississippi River for the first time.  We stayed in two state parks, Camden and Father Hennipen on Mille Lac Lake, one of the hugest in the country that is not a great lake.

We learned that Shadow was still afraid of lightning and thunder and were up for two hours with her.  So many trees were down that we could not take the bike trail the next morning.  Two nites later it came again on the 4th of July.  Which was louder, the fireworks or thunder???

It took us two days to find the little coffee shop that had recently opened at Isle where Camp Father Hennipen is and I loved Joni the new owner.  These little towns are so cute, and I don’t know how to get pictures that give an idea of what little looks like.

Russ said Bolinas or Stinson Beach.  However, those are more like the bigger little towns.  I mean population has 200, but again last nite at Knife River I counted 20 houses.  I guess the town stretches further into countryside.

My cute story on Russ is that yesterday in Duluth he told me that I was candyhapped.  I thot he had thot it up, but he said he only realized how appropriate it was for me as he said it.  He started to say handicapped but when he said candyhapped we both started laughing.

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