Day #85 – Real social butterflies!

LOCATION:  Rochester, Minnesota
CAMPGROUND:  Oxbow Park and Zoo
WEATHER:  Like summer!  Sunny.  High 94

To my Rochester blog followers: 
We will be at Whistle Binkies North starting about 4:30 on Friday if anyone would like to drop in and say hello.  Would be great to see you!

After a nice hike on one of the trails here in the park, we headed to town.  George dropped me off in downtown Rochester.  It has grown so much since we left in 2013.  Downtown is full of hotels (for Mayo Clinic patients) and was bustling today.  I met a former work colleague in one of the hotel’s new restaurants.  It is an Irish pub.  The story is that they dismantled a pub in Ireland, brought all the pieces back here, and re-assembled it.  It does look quite authentic!

Rochester is very walkable, and I walked back to our daughter Alexis’s  apartment to meet up with George.  We hung out there for awhile and did some computer work.  Alexis and I might do some housesitting in Spain or Italy this fall/winter, so we checked out some possible assignments.  She has been studying Italian diligently and would like to practice her Italian there. 

I dropped George off at a friend’s house and then met up with some other former work co-workers at a very popular bar/restaurant.  Now that most people have been vaccinated, people are venturing outdoors for the first time in more than a year.  The patio was overflowing with people.  It was fun to catch up.  These ladies all work together, but had not seen each other face-to-face in more than a year. 

Then, I zipped back to pick up George and to enjoy a glass of wine in our friend’s beautiful back yard.  The ferns, hostas, and other plants all look so lush!

It was time to relax back at the campground. 

DINNER:  We are still eating the Nick Stellino meatballs that I made and froze weeks ago.  I think they are multiplying in the freezer!!!  I sauteed some onions and mushrooms, then stirred in the meatballs.  Sides were cheesy polenta and salads. 

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