Mystic Lake, MN
We planned to leave Fond du Lac, WI on Thursday but a check of the weather found that it was raining in Minneapolis, our next destination. Since the weather in Fond du Lac was going to be nice, we just decided to spend another day in Wisconsin. After doing some preventive maintenance around the motorhome in the morning, we took the bicycles out and went for a tour of the town. Fond du Lac sits at the southern end of Lake Winnebago, the largest inland lake in Wisconsin (80 miles long and 10 miles wide). In fact, the name means “foot of the lake.” The town has a nice park along the lake with playing fields and a marina.
Fond du Lac is also home to Marian University, a small Catholic school of a bit over 2,800 students. It’s a very small campus, especially to us since we toured the University of Wisconsin only a few days ago.
Once back at our spot at the fairgrounds we checked out some early arrivals for this weekends Holstein competition. We’re not sure exactly what the competition involves, but it appears to be a beauty contest, as many of the competitors where getting some last minute primping in the “bathing” area.
It’s always fun to watch farm kids around their animals, as they are so serious and caring. It’s a great example of the power of responsibility.
First thing Friday morning we checked to be sure the weather was good, then loaded up and headed to the northwest to Minneapolis. Somewhere along I-94 we stopped at a rest area for lunch. As we prepared to leave, this is what we found parked next to us.
The bus looked like it would have trouble leaving the parking lot. Apparently it is driven by a retired firefighter from the West Coast touring the country.
We continued our journey to Mystic Lake RV Park, just south of Minneapolis. It’s a nice park with concrete pads that are mostly pull-throughs.
From the picture above it would appear that we have a nice wide site. But the pads have room for two RV’s parking side by side. As the picture below shows, we are very close to the RV next to us. But it will do just fine for our visit.
Just a short walk across the street is the Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino. If the casino business is any indication of the health of the economy, we are doing just fine. But, unfortunately, casinos do not reflect economic health.
We don’t understand the draw of playing a slot machine, but apparently the senior citizen population of the are find it quite invigorating. We observed a great deal of inheritance dollars disappear into these electronic money magnets.
Tomorrow we’ll check out the Mall of America.