Sunday, July 27, 2014

Low Flying

Stopping for a night at a city park, Byam enjoyed her time watching the low flying geese.

On the way to visit our friends Ed & Eileen, we experienced a crop-dusting plane flying low.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tri-State Camper Rally - Theme for 2014 - Red Neck Rally

Always fun group and this year's theme was "Redneck".

We pulled in to Scenic Park campground in South Sioux City NE for the 2014 version of the Tri-State Rally.

We were excited to see our friends and met new friends too.
Having fun with the themed Red Neck Rally.

Game Instructions

The Toilet Seat Toss

Hub cap throw for distance

Fun Run with Props

 Wii Bowling – we won again – we may be getting a reputation!?!?

We skyped with Chad, missed him as he was on duty overseas. 

We ate, and ate, and ate some more.

A good time was had by all!  Mandie, Cynthia, and Sue are known for fun rallies.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Checking out State Parks - Lake Anita

After a short evening drive, we stopped to check out a new-to-us state park at Lake Anita. 
While we only stayed overnight, we want to come back time someday to explore the park.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekend in the Twin Cities

After work we headed up to the Twin Cities for our long holiday weekend.  Many times when we spend a weekend in larger towns, we just drive up and stay in a hotel for a night or two.  Sheraton hotels are very dog friendly.  But for our longer weekend, we decided to stay at a campground.  Unfortunately, we made this decision last minute after we learned our trout fishing weekend was going to be washed out.  So using AllStays app, and - we narrowed our search down to campgrounds that seemed clean and safe. 

Leaving late, we boon-docked overnight in a casino parking lot and awoke to find 2 other trailers that had stopped for the night.

For a few hours, I thought this would be a Byam-in-Flowers photography weekend.

We dropped our Airstream off at our home for the weekend - Dakota County Fairgrounds.  The hostess was sweet, and let us pick our own site among a dozen trailers.  There was lots of space as the campground is set up to hold a couple hundred tightly packed trailers during the county fair.  We slept well each night, but found no reason to spend time at the wide open (few trees) fairgrounds.  Planning for our next visit we checked out a couple other campgrounds that were full during our weekend.  First was nice Lake Byllesby Campground near Cannon Falls where we found a couple open sites.  And a beach that sadly won't allow dogs.

We also checked out Lebanon Hills which was completely full - another nice looking park and located closer to St. Paul.  Maybe next time.

Byam stayed in the Airstream while we spent the Fourth of July watching fireworks from a wall-to-wall packed bridge.  I'd hoped for a huge and fantastic display for larger city, and would call the fireworks nice.

Heading into the city, our GPS kept calling it Street Paul, which got us laughing every time!  The next morning picked up some really sweet sugar snap peas at the St. Paul Downtown Farmers Market.  The one block covered market was nice, but is miniscule in comparison to Des Moines.  And the St. Paul does not allow dogs... sigh...  So off we went on the dog friendly St. Paul Heritage Trail.  Byam made some new friends.