Thursday, June 6, 2013

To Iowa, Alaska and Back to Iowa Again!

Time to head further north!  We left Branson, MO at 11:35 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 and drove as far as Eagleville, MO arriving at 5:30 p.m.  We have stayed here at Eagle Ridge RV Park before and enjoyed this nice, quiet park.  The owners are friendly and fun to visit with.  Left Eagleville the next day, Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. and pulled into the Doolaard farm at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Always nice to be back with Tony & Jane, etc.!
Spent the next day getting things situated and on Tuesday, May 7 we flew to Anchorage, Alaska to see my parents, etc. Of course, we had to make a stop at Cabela’s on the way up to the cities:)

Had a wonderful visit in Alaska!  Went to Bouncing Bears the next day with the grandsons Jacob & Jonah, great-niece Annika, daughter-in-law Kari, niece Danae and my parents.

On Thursday, May 9 we made our annual trek to Eureka Lodge for lunch with Mom & Dad.  Love that 25 cent coffee:)

 We all celebrated Mother’s Day at Kari’s – nice and relaxing. 

The next week we took care of dental appointments, did some shopping, had various lunches with Eric, Kari & the grandsons; Mom, Dad & sister Deb; and with son Vance (he was in town from Kodiak).  One afternoon we went to the Menard Sports Center with Eric, Kari, Jacob & Jonah.  Fun to watch them run and play!

What does she want??
On Tuesday, May 21 we returned the rental car and flew from Alaska back to Minneapolis.  We detoured to Wisconsin and stayed the night with friend Deanna in Menomonie WI.  The next morning we toured the college (University of Wisconsin Stout) where she teaches.  It was great to see her again and I even got some nice photographs…

Back to Iowa on Wednesday, May 22 after a stop at the Foster Cheese Haus in Osseo WI and then a visit to see south Texas friends Bill and Sandy in Tomah, WI.  Thanks for the hospitality, you Wisconsiners!!

The rest of the month we just hung around visiting with friends & family and exploring.  Did some shopping with friends, went to the Memorial Day events at the Steamboat Rock Cemetery, and hiked through Pine Lake State Park.

See the baby?

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