Working backwards

It is amazing that August is almost half-way done.  Summer is evaporating in front of my eyes.  We have had so many great adventures this summer and really have enjoyed our time in Minnesota.  The last few posts about our experience with the battery bay fire has made it clear we were rattled by it.  We aren’t out of the woods yet- we are taking the rig into be inspected and the jacks repaired in Shakopee Minnesota.  We haven’t had anything happen since we arrived back in Minnesota so I’m hopeful that the jacks will be the end of our problems.  Just like a normal home there are unexpected repairs.  We had a water heater break and flood our basement once in our old house.  We hope to leave MN in mid September and work our way through South Dakota, a bit of Wyoming, Colorado, and then spend some time in Utah.  Our goal is to get to the bay area in mid november.   Probably fly back to MN for a week or two.  Our planned trip to Portugal and Germany in December is on hold do to the costs of the repairs so far to the coach.   I’m itching for a month in San Diego to soak the sun and ride my bike along the beach in January.   Bekki will have a long trip back to Minnesota in March/April for her teaching gig.

I plan on sharing more on our experiences in Madison, Oshkosh, and our overall time in our seasonal slot in Minnesota.  Taylor’s Falls and St. Croix falls have been wonderful little communities to be a part of.  But it will take some time to blog about it all.

Filling the thirsty beast




Our porch for the week





Tettegouche State Park Minnesota

Bekki and I love the north shore.  Minnesota is known for its thousands of lakes but the shore of lake Superior makes Minnesota feel like somewhere else.  We have loved to camp along the north shore since we were dating.  I proposed to Bekki along the shore of Lake Superior.  We honeymooned at an amazing bnb in Grand Marais after riding our motorcycles around Lake Superior.  I think the cold water is in my blood.  Our time in Minnesota for almost two months was catching up on our life.  Bekki started her new job while I got used to keeping a toddler entertained and happy.  We had several trips planned that all happened in July.

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Our first July trip was to the North Shore, to a spectacular park name Tettegouche.  Bekki made reservations in March for our spot.  We left our home base on July 10th planning to spend the week up north.  We packed the bus and got supplies.  The sites were noted to be large enough for our rig and had 50amp electricity.  The drive up demonstrates how tall minnesota actually is.  From our spot in the middle of the state it was still over three hours to get to the north shore.  Duluth is the halfway point.  If we went further to Grand Marais it would have been another hour.   We got to the park and its brand new visitor center by afternoon.  We found our spot in the woods and Bekki directed me back in perfectly.  We set the slides and jacks and were set.    The site was tucked into the woods with a thick screen of forest seperating each of the sites.  We could also hear the waterfalls from the river canyon alongside our campground.  The falls of Tettegouche are the biggest in Minnesota and since they are  a longer hike to get to then the famous Gooseberry Falls, they are less crowded.   A more intimate waterfall.  Our campsite was less the a mile hike from the main high falls.

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The rig fit perfectly on our site and again we were so happy that once the slides were out.  Having our coach make everyplace we go feel like home.  Corby and I had our bikes out and were hiking within thirty minutes of us setting up camp.  We spent our first day hiking around.  Bekki’s friend, Becky and her family came to join us for the weekend.  They have two young boys.  We took the opportunity to hike around the park and go out to dinner.  Becky and her boys stayed with us in the coach while here husband stayed in the tent outside.


Had an really great dinner of planked walleye.  It was perfectly cooked and the filet was outlined with potatoes.  Stole the show.



The steps up to shovel point.  The park is so well cared for.





Mouth of the Baptism River and Lake Superior.  We loved skipping stones across the smooth surface.





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Gooseberry Falls









Yes we forged this river at the top of the waterfall.  Very scary.







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Tettegouche was a wonderful relaxing week.  It was great to have company to share it with.  The North Shore in the summer is hard to beat.