Friday (7/7) was another travel day. We are not overly fond of just spending a couple nights in one spot but we knew it would be this way for a couple weeks this summer especially after we started eating up the 10 cushion days I had stuck in our travel agenda before we barely left Oregon LOL!!! Oh well, I guess the bright side is that we don’t need to worry about where to burn those extra days before getting to our first scheduled stop in Madison Wisconsin any more.
We were hooked up and had the wheels rolling east at just before 9am with no real reservations made but with 2 possible campgrounds in mind, something we don’t normally do and especially traveling on a Friday.
We rolled into our first choice at the Flying Goose RV Park just outside of Fairmont Minnesota shortly after noon figuring getting off the road early would give us the best chance of finding a spot without reservations.
We jumped out of the rig and went in the office to check on availability for maybe 3 nights only to have the fellow behind the desk say, “oh man this is a very busy weekend. We have 10 sites perfect for a setup your size but they are all spoken for”. Oh crud, this is why we don’t typically travel this way.
About that time a lady obviously in charge came out and asked the fellow if we had reservations and asked what we were traveling in as she took a look out the window saying “oh boy”. But while chatting with us she was able to work a little magic and found us a spot for 2 nights. Whew.
Ok, now I’m going to say this and you will probably say that we should just be grateful that we even got a spot, AND WE ARE, but our site set parallel with the main road through the campground and close enough to it that while sitting on the picnic bench we could reach out and High Five passer byers without much effort LOL!!! But to top it off we were in the site closest to the playground you could possibly get, now that was the killer. Normally we look for campgrounds that don’t even have playgrounds LOL!!! Of course we are having a little fun with this but it’s all true. Lucky for us we planned to be away most of the time touring anyway.
We will say however that this is a very nice park with a very friendly staff that’s right on a lake and if you plan ahead “like we should have” and get one of the sites designed for rigs like ours (which are away from the playground I might add) it would be a great place to stay while touring the area. It is very family oriented.
Once we were all set up and had a little lunch in our bellies we headed out for our usual driving tour to get the lay of the land.
Normally our driving tour after a travel day is pretty short but not this time. Maybe in was the 5 lakes that spread out throughout the town of Fairmont that kept us out driving around until after 8PM, or maybe it was the proximity of our camp site to the playground that played a factor LOL!!! Probably a combination of both.
Fairmont has a population of 10,666 people and yes has been built around a chain of 5 lakes, Lake George, Sisseton Lake, Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Amber Lake.
All of the lakes except Amber Lake are connected by channels so boaters can travel from one to the next. And of course every lake has numerous parks and beaches scattered along the shorelines.
We spent the afternoon on travel day and almost the entire day on Saturday (7/8) driving around the lakes, stopping at a variety of parks, walking a couple short trails along the lake’s and driving around neighborhoods checking out some of the neat older homes in the area.
We were pretty surprised at how inexpensive you can buy a home along the lake’s, well we were pretty surprised until we noticed that stores like Penny’s and Sears and a few others were closing up shop in the area so something is up. But if a person wanted a place on a lake in a neighborhood and wasn’t worried about much else except playing on the water it wouldn’t be a bad place. Well except for the winters!!
We went out to eat twice while in the area, we ate at the Bean Town Grill and the Green Mill Restaurant & Grill which are rated #1 and #2 by Trip Advisor and enjoyed them both. But if you want the best meal and don’t mind the bill that comes along with it then Bean Town is the place.
Oh, we took a drive to Blue Earth so we could check out the Green Giant Statue. It was only 20 miles from camp so why not LOL!!
It was only a 2 night stay but I think we did a pretty good job of cramming as much as we could into them but when Sunday morning rolled around it was time for another move 220 miles farther east for a 1 night say, yes a 1 night stay. But this will put us right on track for the summer touring we came east to do and put us at our 1st reserved site on the 10th.