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Travelogue: June 13 – June 29, 2019

Hello to all,

We don’t have a lot to report since we last wrote, but wanted to send something just so that you know that we’re doing well and enjoying the more relaxed pace of traveling on our own.

We spent a week at the “campground” at Milwaukee’s State Fair Park, which gave us the opportunity to spend time with friends and family in the Milwaukee area, which we enjoyed very much. It always feels good to reconnect, in person, with those we care about and don’t see often.

One of our activities while we were in the area was our annual Chavurah camping trip, which took place this year at Ottowa Lake State Campground, between Milwaukee and Madison. Just outside the park, we spotted the mother Sand Hill Crane with her baby.

And the day after we arrived, we noticed a hole at our campsite that had been recently dug by a small critter. It wasn’t long before we identified the digger, this cute little ground squirrel

who was constantly gathering mouthfuls of dead leaves and grasses and returning to her nest with them, presumably in preparation for the family she was expecting.

After our rather chilly and quite rainy few days at Ottowa Lake, we struck out on our own again, heading north. We spent a few days in Menominee, WI, where we were able to attend the weekly band concert in one of the town parks.

The band was quite good and we enjoyed the small-town flavor of the audience – from infants to the elderly and everything in between. It reminded us of the summer concerts in Glendale, when we lived there. The weather was perfect, too, which was a bonus!

Several years ago, we spent a few days at the beginning of an Airstream Caravan in the Airstream Park near St. Cloud, MN, so we decided to make that our next destination. We were able to use one of the sites that is currently for sale and unoccupied. The park is beautiful, quiet,

and well maintained, as you can see, and we met very nice people there as well.

On the weekend, there was a parade in St. Cloud, which sounded like something we’d enjoy, so we packed up our chairs and went into town. Sure enough, there were lots of high school bands,

this beer truck (notice the spigots on the side),

and even some well-shorn llamas!

Our next destination is Bemidji, MN, where we plan to be for a few days before moving on. We’ve finally begun experiencing midwestern US summer weather, which we’re enjoying very much, compared to the chilly temperatures we’ve had for most of our travels thus far this year, so we’re hoping that continues. All is well with us …