Back home, again…….

And you may say…..I didn’t know she was away!!! It was a quick, short, close getaway that brought DH and I here….. This campground is located on the ‘Ole Miss,  between La Crescent, MN and La Crosse, WI. Really is so much easier to pack a camper than a suitcase….especially since most of our needs were already located inside! We headed East on beautiful State Hwy 16 on Saturday morning. Pulling in, we were given a lovely tree covered spot. The years spent trucking makes backing the 5th wheel into such spots seem so easy for DH!! Very thankful for that as a “pull through” site would be needed for my ability level! After a bit of settling in and getting the A/C activated, we walked down the road a bit to our son’s RV site. He’s been at this campground for several years and encouraged us to join the “summer on the river” fun…..and that’s exactly what we did. No WiFi, TV….yay! Lots of music (complements of various sites!). After a quick lunch(?) of chips, salsa, etc, we head out to Crater Island. This is the result of the dredging that is constantly in progress to keep the Mississippi shipping lanes safe for  barge traffic. The bottom sand is heaped in a spot in the river (overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers), the center is cleared out, forming a ‘lake’/crater with an opening for boats to enter. It is a protected spot for boats to beach, out of the main channel current, and giving many boats a party/swimming spot that is safe. The view in this pic is from our place looking out toward the main channel across the “lake”. The  pic above is looking across the “lake” to the opposite beach area. The water area is about the size of a city block. Saturday it was very sparsely populated…..most weekends there are boats waiting outside the crater until a boat leaves! The temps were definitely in the warm/toasty 90’s and walking on the sands was not advised! The phrase “baking your brains” could apply here and it was a good thing the water was very available to counter the effects of all the ‘rays’. Summer fun! While we hung out there, DS had several racks of ribs in the smoker back at his camper and we would arrive ravenous!! I think I’m hungry….again! The crew was hardly of a size to make a dent in the fixin’s resulting in an ‘invite’ being extended to anyone who was hungry in the area! After all this, there was a large birthday cake that somehow appeared to celebrate a couple of birthdays that occurred the day before. The perfect ending! Sunday (today) dawned bright, sunny and warm! We all headed for the boats and headed out for breakfast/lunch (it was already pushing noontime….where did the morning go???). “Nutbush City Limits” was the destination of choice. Heading back to the campground, we took a slow ride up to the Dresbach Dam then back to the campsite. Wonderful, relaxing weekend. Now, to get ‘psyched’ for a day of work at the pharmacy tomorrow! Reality check time……….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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12 Responses to Back home, again…….

  1. I love the 5th wheel camper! Seems like you all had a fab time 🙂

  2. ruthiequilts says:

    Summer fun at it’s best!!! It sounds like you had a blast!

  3. ivoryspring says:

    Sounds like great fun was had by all. 🙂

  4. Marsha says:

    I agree with you about the camper being easier to take camping than a tent, etc. We didn’t realize how much “stuff” you have to pack to go “camping” (leaving the RV behind). Our truck was packed to the seams with all we needed; usually we just hook up, hop in the truck and we are towing our camper wherever we go and all the “stuff” is just inside. This area you went looks very nice and it sounds very relaxing. So glad to hear you relaxed and ate well (hehhe) and even got some musical entertainment. I’ll have to check on where this is for a winter trip perhaps.

    • treadlemusic says:

      This campground is strictly a summer one because of the agreement with the city of La Crosse (who owns the property). It was great and close to home so no big travel time!

  5. This looks like a relaxing and fun place to stay and enjoy a summer day. Water, family, good food…does it get any better? My husband LOVES ribs and we surely would have helped eat them. We are not campers, though, having tried tenting several times many decades ago. Rain and noisy neighbors, etc., and the tent hasn’t been out in years. Your style of camping I think I’d enjoy.

    • treadlemusic says:

      That is exactly what we thought, after years of piling tons of stuff on 2 motorcycles and heading out to the Black Hills each August!!!! Bought this little RV near Rapid City. It’s 25′ and the perfect size for what we do. I/we are not ones to travel with it. Even got the same mattress on the camper bed as at home…..no transition difficulties!!!!!!

  6. Karen says:

    sounds like a great weekend. A tree shaded spot is always welcome when it is hot outside – I know we don’t always get lucky to get the shade spot! I bet is was cooler on the boat and in the water.
    Karen

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