LOCATION: Nelson, Wisconsin. On the Mississippi River across from Wabasha, MN
CAMPGROUND: Nelson’s Landing RV Park. Long gravel sites with picnic table and fire pit. Beautiful bathrooms/shower. Good wifi. No TV reception. $52/night – too expensive. 4 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Mostly overcast and light rain. High 70
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 1.5 hour
NOTE TO ROCHESTER-AREA READERS: We are hosting a Reids-on-the-Road campfire drop-in at Oxbow Park on Saturday, August 13 from 4:00 – 7:00. We are in site # 7. Bring a drink and a chair. Hope to see you!
We were happy to get back to our Sunday ritual of eating George’s grits and eggs while watching CBS Sunday morning. (We haven’t been able to get CBS for about 6 Sundays!) After a quiet Sunday morning in the Minneapolis RV park, we headed out. Since we were in the southern part of the metro area, we didn’t have any traffic to deal with.
We stopped along the Mississippi at a park for a picnic lunch. Very nice. We crossed over to Wisconsin and followed the very scenic Great River Road.
On to Nelson. We have been to this RV park before, and really like its location. We were surprised to find it almost empty! Once we got set up, we walked about a block to the Nelson Creamery. It is VERY popular in the summer due to its ice cream. We passed through the busy retail shop where they sell lots of interesting cheese and meats to the quiet backroom bistro. We enjoyed a glass of wine listening to some quiet jazz in the background. When we lived in Minnesota, we often came here, especially in the winter, to listen to live music in front of their roaring fireplace, sip on wine, and graze on a charcuterie platter. Great memories!
Then, back across the Mississippi to Wabasha where a former co-worker and his wife now live. They bought a fixer-upper and have made it into a house that could be featured in House Beautiful magazine.
We celebrated our 9th anniversary of being on the road with a champagne toast with them. Nine years ago, George picked me up in front of my office with our Honda Pilot and tiny A-Liner camper. Then off we went!
Some former neighbors from Rochester that are mutual friends came, too. It was a lovely evening, sitting on their patio overlooking the Mississippi, eating and talking.
After dinner, we took their boat out for a ride on the river. Delightful!
DINNER: We started with my friend’s baked puff pastry dish with asparagus and cheese. I must get this recipe! The main course was an assortment of brats – pineapple, IPA, brown sugar bacon, and Philly cheese- plus a tuna salad, slaw, and cucumber salad. All really good.