Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 Vacation Day 9

Friday morning, our last morning in the bed and breakfast started like the others.  I would wake up a bit before Erin and catch up on email, eventually she woke up and breakfast was delivered. After breakfast we didn't have much reason to stick around so we packed up and hit the road.  The plan was to camp at Saint Croix state park for a night or two and then head home.  On our way out of town we stopped by Target to pick up another phone charger since the one we had was acting a bit flakey.  From there we went to Jay Cooke state park to grab the multicache there.  The hike was beautiful, and we both decided that we should come back someday to camp here. After the hike and cache we hit the road again on our way to Moose Lake state park and another multi cache. Just before getting to the park we found a restaurant called the Lazy Moose and stopped for lunch.  The food was fairly good, and the view was fantastic, looking out over a river with a small island on it.  Our caching adventure in Moose Lake ended prematurely because of mosquitos and previous logs mentioned we'd be getting into some messy mud.  From there another state park, this time Banning State Park.  The park looked nice, but it was getting hot out and the bugs were really bothering us.  After finding the cache we decided we'd be happier heading for home instead of camping.  On the way back we stopped at 3 more state parks for the avian adventure multi caches, Father Hennipin, Mille Lacs Kathio, and Charles Lindberg. It was a lot of fun visiting so many state parks in one day and it was nice to find so many multi caches.  As the sun was going down and we were nearing Detroit Lakes we approached a thunderstorm.  We were lucky to avoid most of the rain from it, and it appeared to be going past us, so we stopped for a late supper at Perkins.  After supper when we hit the road again round 2 of the storm rolled through.  The hard rain wasn't the most enjoyable to drive through, especially where there was construction on highway 10, but we made it home safely from our trip.

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