Friday, July 15, 2011

Reunion Day 7 and Getting Ready To Travel

Lake Delton, WI.

64 deg. overcast, E. wind @ 4 mph.

Forecast = Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Everyone knew that yesterday was the last day of the reunion so, especially the kids, wanted to hit all the attractions before they left. Of course the parents had different ideas, such as visiting and making the most of the last day by being with other family members. ; )  It all worked out in the end and everyone got to do some of what they wanted to do.

This morning almost all of them will meet at Howie's Restaurant for breakfast around 10:00. Howie's is one of the places that has been in the Dells area forever and it's become kind of a tradition to meet there one last time before heading back to their homes. Then after eating, there will be hugs, handshakes and a few last minute pictures and everyone will be on their way.

Yesterday morning, before they went over to the Lodge, Jim did quite a bit of stuff to get me ready to travel. He put some water in my fresh water tank, rolled up the water hose and then dumped my black and gray water tanks. He also checked my tires and fluid levels.

He did all of this yesterday because the weather forecast for this morning wasn't too promising and being that he and Linda will be going to Howie's at 10:00 for breakfast and I have to be out of here by noon, he thought it was a good idea to get as much done ahead of time as possible.

So, as soon as they come back from breakfast, Jim and Linda will do the last minute things to get me ready to travel and then hopefully, we'll be out of here before noon. Being that we're getting a late start, we won't be going too far today. In fact, because it's the weekend and all of the Minnesota State Parks have closed down because of a state budget problem, Jim made a reservation for me at a park near Rochester about a week ago. And, at the same time, he made a reservation for me at a Campground in Sioux Falls so that I'd have a place to stay while he and Linda get their new drivers licenses and take care of some business.

Jim and Linda both agree that this has been a good week with family, but it always seems like it goes by so fast. The plans for the next reunion are already in the works and it looks like it will be back here at the Dells, but possibly at a different location.

Did you know that since the late 1970s the Dells area (Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton) has become a water park mecca? Noah's Ark Waterpark opened in Lake Delton in 1979, and has become the largest and the eighth most visited water park in the U.S.


  1. Isn't there some issue with staying one night in South Dakota when you get a drivers license? Some other folks had to show a camp ground receipt that they had actually resided in SD. But, it had to be in both of their names. They registered in the husbands name, but had to go back and get a second receipt in the wifes name in order for her to get her license renewed. I have never done this, but read about it on a blog. Just a heads up!

  2. State budgets...all budgets for that matter, sure are hurting. Sure is a shame to close the parks though. Safe travels.

  3. Hate to say it but you guys always seem to be in the middle of rain, thunder etc etc. Do you ever think of going to some nice sunny places rather than staying in gloom and overcast???


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