We got everything done and were on the road by 10:15. We took I-90 west through beautiful rolling green farmland. There were many barns with huge silos. That's the part I love about the midwest, lots of opportunities to photograph barns. I also took some photos of rock formations along the way.
When we crossed into Minnesota we stopped at the state welcome center, which is on the bank of the Mississippi River.
We arrived at Crystal Springs RV Resort in Ellendale, MN about 2:30. It’s a brand new park with about 30 gravel sites. The roads are still gravel and there are no amenities as yet. The owner is really friendly and helpful. It's going to be a seasonal park where you buy your lot and share in the ownership. They have a 10-year plan to add 60 more sites around a small lake. We’re backed up to the lake on a very level gravel site with 50-amp electric, water, and sewer. It’s open without any trees, and for the first time in a very long time I can see storms coming in, and we can get great satellite. There’s no park wi-fi, but we have a good Verizon signal so we can tether our Droid phones to our laptops.
The view out our back window.
This is a bare bones park (for now), but we like it. We were offered a great weekly rate, so we're here until next Tuesday. There’s several things we want to see in the area, but the main reason we’re here is to be with our friends Chuck and Linda. We've known them since 1971, when Jim and Chuck were in their first year in the Air Force. Chuck got out after four years, but we've maintained contact with them over the years.
We stayed in tonight and rested from the day's travels. The sun was on the driver's side for the whole trip, and no matter how high I ran my AC, it was hot.