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Vermilion Sunsets RV Park ~ Cook, Minnesota

We found this park after a bit of searching for a campground near the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. We stayed there July 12-16, 2017. They did have a website, however, it seems that it is now gone. Here is the contact info I have for the campground: Dave Hampson Phone: 218-666-2276 2475 Vermilion Dr Cook, MN 55723 The folks that run Timbuktu Marine, which is next door, also run the campground. The campground was perfect for what we needed, it was quiet, easy access and had 50 amp full hookups. And at $25 @ night it was reasonable. […]

Vermilion Falls ~ Buyck, Minnesota

The Vermilion Sunsets RV Park staff suggested we journey north to the Vermilion Falls, the staff said: “it’s just up the road.” So we turned north out the entrance and expected we would be at the falls shortly. So imagine our surprise when we drove about 5 miles and the paved road turn to dirt and Google Maps said we were about 40 minutes away. What we learned is that “just up the road” is much farther away when you live out in the boonies, opposed to folks that live in more urban areas… LOL. It really was out in […]

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

Yesterday we visited the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, Minnesota. Here is a video I put together of the visit. It was $10 donation per person to visit. And we very much enjoyed the 3 hours we spent viewing the wild bears from an elevated boardwalk. Here is a link to the Google Photo Album with many more images of the 30+ bears┬áthat we saw while visiting. If you ever travel near this area, you certainly need to make a visit.  

Deparcq Woods Campground, Camp Ripley, Minnesota

We departed Dakotah Meadows and drove northwest to a National Guard Post just north of Little Falls, a 58,000-acre military reservation named Camp Ripley and more specifically the Deparcq Woods Campground. I’d never heard of Camp Ripley and we were surprised at how large the camp was and how active the airfield was while we were there. It was a very nice campground, we had cell service, 50A service, water and there was a dump station near the campground. They also provided free firewood. We arrived mid-afternoon and found the billeting office and registered. We were informed that the host […]

Dakotah Meadows Campground, Prior Lake, MN

After our stay in Mason City, Iowa we continued north toward the Twin Cities. We planned on a week at the Dakotah Meadows Campground, however, when I called 8 weeks out, they were booked. However, a last minute call, a few days before, got us a reservation for a couple nights. This campground is part of the Dakotah Indian properties which also includes the Mystic Casino, stores, an RV wash and a diesel/gasoline station. We arrived just after noon and due to the on and off showers, as we were driving north, Ike was in need of a good cleaning. […]

MacNider Campground, Mason City, Iowa

We departed the Lakeside Casino heading north to MacNider Campground, a city campground in Mason City, Iowa. It was a very nice campground and surrounded by a large city park along the Winnebago River. It had a very large aquatic center, pictured below. Mason City was a friendly city and we enjoyed our short stay in the area.

Lakeside Casino – Osceola Iowa

From Cameron, we continued north to Osceola, Iowa and the Lakeside Casino RV Park. We arrived early afternoon and found the RV Park to be a self-service affair. Park wherever you’d like and drop your payment in the box. We found a nice FHU site and for $20 a day it was a great deal. We visited the casino, had a nice meal at the Buffet. We enjoyed our stay, the campground was relatively quiet and we would return.

Elks Lodge #2615 in Cameron, MO

We joined the local Elks Lodge this past winter while in Florida. As a member, we can stay at Elk Lodges around the country that have accommodations for RVs. Our first opportunity to try a Lodge stay was along Highway 35N in Missouri at a very nice active lodge near Cameron. We called and learned that they had a Benefit Concert scheduled for the weekend that we wanted to stay there. They said it might be a bit noisy and crowded, but welcomed our stay. They said they had a 50 amp site and would provide us a water connection […]

Forbes LOA at Lake of the OZARK near Edwards, MO

We arrived at the FORBES Landowners Association (LOA) campground just before Memorial Day. We didn’t realize till after we arrived, that this campground was very remote. As least more remote than we were accustomed to. This campground is available to any of the landowners within FORBES LOA. It has 30amp power, water, restrooms, showers, tennis and basketball courts and a dump station. They have recently begun charging $5 a day, you pay in advance at the LOA office which is about 6 miles from the campground. We arrived just as the Memorial Day crowd was gathering filling the campground for […]

A quick day trip to Branson, Missouri

We’ve known a lot of people who’ve been to Branson Missouri, however, we’ve never been. And since Mansfield is only about 40 minutes from Branson, we decided to make a one-day trip to see what it was all about. After a bit of Googling, we decided to visit the Titanic Museum, have lunch and then see Sight & Sound production of MOSES. The Titanic┬ámuseum was very interesting and we certainly learned a great deal about the history of this fateful ship.   After our visit to the Titanic, we decided to have some lunch. We’d heard good things about the […]