LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota
CAMPGROUND: Oxbow Park
WEATHER: Beautiful. High 79
I got up early to rush into Rochester for a 7:45 appointment at Mayo Clinic. Downtown parking is always challenging, and with our huge pick-up truck, it is almost impossible. (I think it is too high to enter most of the parking ramps.) So, I parked it in daughter Alexis’s apartment’s driveway. Misjudging how long it takes to get to town, I had to run to the Mayo Building for the appointment.
Everyone is required to wear a mask on the Mayo campus. Last year, they required all employees to get vaccinated. Some people refused and were fired. Good for Mayo! Patient safety is #1.
My appointment ran late, so again I had to run back to the pick-up in order to be on time for a coffee meeting with a former work colleague. We had a nice conversation, catching up on family and camping adventures.
From there, I dashed to one of the many new Rochester restaurants called the Purple Goat to meet another friend/co-worker for lunch.
Meanwhile, I had lost my car keys. I used George’s to drive into town. Instead of a key, our pick-up uses a fob. The computer came on saying that the remote (fob) was in the truck. Once I got back to the campground, we tore the truck apart and finally found them. Whew!
After a little rest at the campground, we went back to town. George dropped me off at a nice bar/restaurant (100 beers on draft!) where I met yet another friend. We enjoyed drinks on their patio and chatted up a storm. Suddenly it was time for George to pick me up!
We (George, Alexis, and I) went to Prescott’s Restaurant, another one of our favorites in town. It is farm-to-table and they grow most of their own vegetables and herbs. Alexis had their butternut squash gnocchi with roasted beets while George and I shared a Greek salad, then their special Egyptian kabobs in a turmeric//curry sauce. Side was perfectly steamed broccoli. Of course, we paired this with one of their good bottles of wine. Heaven!