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 […]

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary


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 […]

Deparcq Woods Campground, Camp Ripley, Minnesota


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 […]

Dakotah Meadows Campground, Prior Lake, MN



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 […]

MacNider Campground, Mason City, 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 […]

Lakeside Casino – Osceola Iowa


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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 […]

Elks Lodge #2615 in Cameron, MO