Fun evening with my brother!

Day 109

LOCATION:  Minneapolis, Minnesosta
CAMPGROUND:  Lebanon Hills Campground, a Dakota County park.  Great location if you need to be in/near Minneapolis.  Nice, paved sites.  Ours is full hook-up.  Fire pit and picnic table.  Nice showers/bathrooms.  Laundry.  $46/night.  4 stars out of 5.
WEATHER:  Hot!  High 92. 
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  4 hours

We had a leisurely breakfast out on the back deck of our friends’ lake home near Battle Lake, MN.  Then, we headed south and east toward the Twin Cities.  We did part of the drive on Interstate 94, which wasn’t bad for an interstate.   We took some slower secondary roads (including an unplanned gravel stretch) taking us through small towns and LOTS of corn fields.  As we got closer to Minneapolis, I insisted that we get some gas.  The price was higher than George liked, so we only got $10 worth.  Thank goodness we did get gas, as we got lost finding the campground, going first to Lebanon Hills Park which is about 10 miles from the campground.  We certainly would have run out. 

We got set up in the campground.  It was beastly hot, so we put up the awnings, turned on the second refrigerator fan, closed up the blinds, turned up the A/C, and headed out to my brother’s house. 

Again, the gas gauge was low.  I was visualizing us running out of gas on one of the crazy busy (rush hour) freeways.  We limped to his house.

It was great seeing my brother and his wife.  Fifty years ago (how could that be???), he and I, along with one of his friends, traveled the summer around Europe.  Our budget was $1 per day plus the Eurail Pass.  A few months ago, we started sharing memories of this trip, and so my brother compiled a book of our collective memories of that trip.  This evening, I picked up the book.  So cool!

We ate a ton of delicious sushi.  Since it was so hot, it really hit the spot.  After several hours of conversation, we headed back to our campground.  Such a pleasant get-together!


DINNER:  The sushi was supposed to be just an appetizer, but we ate so much that we didn’t need anything more. 

BOOK:  “Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance.  This is part of the J.P. Beaumont series, a detective in Seattle that solves crimes.  4 stars out of 5

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