For several years my brother, Dean, has wanted us to go, but being in September, and with my teaching job, I just couldn't. This year with retirement made it possible to finally go. Yay!!
We packed up the camper and headed out on a Thursday and spent a night at Twins Lakes. We also grew up around Twin Lakes. My grandpa had a cabin on the lake, so we spent many summers swimming, skiing, and boating, but that's another story. It was a quiet and peaceful evening.
Of course we drove through our home town, Pomeroy, the next morning on our way to Spencer. We have such fond memories of growing up there. But, sadly it just isn't what it used to be.
We arrived at the campground, also known as an alfalfa field with electricity, and picked out three spots. Dean and Gay and Kathy and Kenny arrived later.
Our first activity on Saturdaywas the Chuckwagon Races. Bud used to go to them when he was a kid. We went once at the State Fair a long time ago, but they just weren't up to snuff. It was a new experience for the other four.
One highlight that Dean and Bud remember is the building that houses the miniature train display.
Monday we went on a short road trip to Okoboji. Growing up our grandparents used to rent a house on the lake for a month in the summer. (This was before they bought the cabin on Twin Lakes.) So, we went on a hunt for that....The house has been replaced, but we found several of the small cabins still there.
(I couldn't get the video to load, nor could I remove it from this page. Scroll on!)
When we spent time at Okoboji in the summer we always attended Mass in Milford. We stopped to visit that church. Of course, Dean didn't remember it. He was probably sleeping!
If you've taken Iowa History, which all of us who went to school in Iowa have, you have heard about the Spirit Lake Massacre. We visited the memorial and the Abby Gardner Cabin. Google it if you don't know about it. Always an opportunity to relearn something!!
We attended the Oak Ridge Boys/Jimmy Fortune concert on Monday night. It was excellent! Jimmy Fortune used to be with the Statler Brothers. His rendition of "How Great Thou Art" was great!
Gay and I may have contributed to the local economy when we visited several quilt stores!
We had a great time! Lots of reminiscing, laughing, eating, looking, and talking.
This one is for Mom.....
"No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family."--unknown