International Falls, MN
So we ended up sleeping at a public boat launch parking lot last night after all the excitement. My pants stayed clean and we parked along the boat trailers. Crane Lake was the beautiful body of water that glistened in the morning. Let's face it, there ain't much up here in northern minnesota. Trees, rocks, water. That's it. No cell phone signal and no stores larger than our old house. Look past that and you will see a gorgeous landscape that rolls on endlessly. Spindly little spruce and white birch trees abound.
This morning we left Crane lake and drove through international falls mn on our way to rainy lake welcome center.
We pulled into another cramped parking lot and squeezed next to the boat trailers again to park. We had the only RV or camper in the whole place. What to do... what to do... oh, walk the 80lb dog for 3 miles. Yep, sounds like a plan.
Dog walked and did his thing. Time to lock him into Roo for a while and let us have our own fun. We pulled Shirley around and dropped the kayaks off into the boundary waters. Time to explore some new area.
That's all for today folks. Headed west to North Dakota tomorrow. Will update more as the signal becomes available. Peace out.
So this comment actually refers to last night (6/30/17). We were on our way out to voyageur national park in northern Minnesota and needed a place to sleep. We already spent two nights at a campground and we just started our trip. There is no way our shoestring budget will hold up with crazy spending habits like those. I busted out my samsung s7 and started looking for a place to boondock (free camping with no electric/water/sewer). We found a campsite that was supposed to be free according to the usda.gov website. Bad idea. We wound up 25 miles out of our way for a free place to stay. This we expected. What we weren't fully prepared for was the 2 mile road to the campsite that went from pavement to compacted gravel mixed with hard clay. It was raining. Clay turns to grease when it rains. It turns out driving a 40 ft RV that weighs 26k lbs pulling a 4k lb jeep behind it on street semi tires is not the best way to tackle a single lane road into the unkown. At one point the rear tires broke traction on the way up a hill. We saw it coming and hit it hard on the way to the climb. Roo was full throttle until about 35 mph when I started to ease off the gas in order to climb the hill. Not enough. Still broke the back loose. Then it happened.... I almost pooped myself. Luckily for everyone in the RV we made it to the campsite. Once there we realized we couldn't fit into the parking spaces and it wasn't free. We set up camp outside the boat launch in the small parking lot. Perfect. Well, that is for about an hour until some old craggy guy working for the state kicked us out. We packed up and headed back towards the pavement, in the rain, holding my poop.
I'm just a guy, with a wife, a dog, and three cats. Watch us travel the country.
Months of travel
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