May 15-21, 2019 — For many years we traveled back and forth across Wisconsin from our former home in the central part of the state to the far west just over the border into Minnesota to visit family. While passing through we would see places that “someday we’re going to stop at” but just never seemed to have the time or make the effort to do so. With being full-time travelers, the excuses to not explore the region are no longer valid.
Once we finished visiting our family and helping them with house projects, we planned to make a point of taking our time driving through Wisconsin to explore a few of those “someday” stops. In other words, we strived to turn a 180 mile trek into a 4-5 day journey. This week we covered the first two days and thoroughly enjoyed the stops. Follow along below to see what we uncovered.
All nights this week were free stays with five nights at the home of family and one night each at two Harvest Hosts locations.
The spring road limits were lifted so the asphalt company was then able to finish our son and daughter-in-law’s driveway. The builder graciously allowed us to park the RV across the street on an empty lot while the blacktop was fresh so we wouldn’t leave marks on it. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the sod and landscaping are completed as well.
Our grandson wanted to plant a garden at the new house but wasn’t able to due to the yard being unfinished. For now he settled on having a miniature planter box on the deck for himself and his little sister. We planted lettuce, peas, beans, marigolds and miniature sunflowers in the boxes. We’re pretty sure the miniature gardens will be quite a jungle with all the love they will receive.
Finally, a nice sunset to end the first warm day this month in Minnesota. The good weather was short-lived as it was back to the 50’s and rain the next few days.
We’re hooked up and ready to go. After spending 3.5 weeks in Minnesota visiting with family and helping them move to their new home it is time to get back to traveling and exploring. We see cheese, cows and green & gold in our future.
We stopped at Cabela’s in Woodbury, MN to empty our waste tanks as they have a dump site. The “No overnight RV parking” sign is a recent addition to their parking lot this year. The sign stems from a city ordinance in Woodbury and not from Cabela’s. It’s a sad sight as overnight parking locations in the twin cities area are quite sparse.
Time to fill the propane tank again. With the cold May weather in Minnesota we’ve turned our furnace on almost every day, more than we’ve used it in total over the last three years. Hopefully spring and warmer temperatures are on the way soon.
Such a tranquil setting for an overnight stay at Green Hill Farm, a Wisconsin Harvest Hosts site in Glenwood City. The farm produces seasonal fruits and vegetables including pumpkins, strawberries and the yummy asparagus pictured below.
Harvest Hosts is a network of wineries, farms and attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight. Since starting our journey we have enjoyed the hospitality of many of these locations.
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You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see a mailbox in the shape of a tractor. The spider – we’re pretending we didn’t see it.
There’s no better way to immerse oneself into real-life Wisconsin than by staying on a working farm. Grazin Acres in Dallas, WI is a Harvest Hosts site that offers guests an opportunity to experience an actual dairy farm and learn about milk production. The farm owners are very passionate about farming and love to share their knowledge with others. It’s a great stop and we highly recommend it for people of all ages.
What a bittersweet week as we left our family but now we’re back to traveling and exploring. Follow along next week as we continue our trek across Wisconsin and discover things from our own former backyard. See you then!
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