It was our last day at Chute Pond County Park on Thursday. (See my last post for the review of that place.)
We sat there looking at each other and wondering if we should head on home, or try looking for another campground for another day or two. Being retired is pretty nice. "Plans Made in Jello", ya know? We thought we should find a little campground that maybe wouldn't be too busy for Thursday and Friday perhaps?
Steve remembered an interesting little place over about 15 or 20 miles east of Wausau, Wisconsin in the middle of the state. It was only one more hour drive from where we were right now. It was called The Dells of The Eau Claire. It was on the Eau Claire River. He heard about a little county park in the Marathon County Park system.
We looked it up online, and their reservation system only allows you to reserve two nights at a time, not just one night. Plus, it wouldn't let you reserve for that current day, so we really couldn't see if there were any openings that night or not. We decided to take our chances and see if we could get a campsite for even one night, if possible. The website said the future reservations are posted on each site when we get there. If a site is not taken for that night, you can occupy it as a "first come" basis and fill out a tag at the self registration station. But if it's reserved the next day, you have to vacate by 3 p.m.
We loaded up and got roadworthy in just a few minutes time. We hooked up the Saturn on the back and headed on out. It was a beautiful day for a drive, with low wind, beautiful sunshine, and the smoke from the big fires out west was finally starting to clear due to a cold air front coming down from the north.
We pulled into the small campground that was meticulous and neat. Each site post had a tag saying what dates that the campsite was reserved. We were fortunate to find one that was available available for both Thursday and Friday nights! It was reserved for Saturday for someone, but we could stay for two nights on that one. We popped our money in the self pay post after filling out the envelope and hanging the tag on our site. We were on site 22. Every single site in this campground is nice, level, and big rig accessible. Most of them are electric, there are a few that are not. The recently updated campground electrical posts have 50 amp, 30 amp, and 20 amp all on the same post. The road is paved, and each site has crushed gravel to help avoid muddy spots. Most of the sites are wooded, a few are more open near the firewood kiosk.
We enjoyed chatting with them on and off throughout our stay. We also showed them Steve's Flame Genie pellet fire pit. They are thinking of getting one themselves. So of course Steve had to bring it over and fire it up for them so they could see how it works. We hope to maybe run into them again, perhaps sometime when we're down near the Pensacola area we can meet up on our way through to visit our folks down by Ocala.
The weather turned much cooler. We were down in the low thirties at night. The days were only up in the 50s. But we were cozy warm inside of the motorhome. When we have 50 amp service, we run a little electric heater as well as the propane one, to supplement the temp inside and make things nice. Also an electric mattress pad heater at night is appreciated when we have power hookups!
But----- both of us started feeling punky. Not sure if it was allergies from the fall weather, or if we caught some kind of cold? We are always apprehensive that it could be covid, but we are so very careful. The only one we have been around who was sick was little granddaughter Claire who had allegeries and stuffed up coughing, perhaps a bit of a cold last week. We are hoping that is all it is. Time will tell. Not enough to make us "in bed sick" just kinda groggy and head stuffy and sore throat-ish. That is why we are thinking allergies. We took some meds and felt okay, but avoided anyone else just in case.
I had brought along some apple cider and this wonderful mix from Mud Creek Coffee Shop in Stockbridge, Wisconsin. It's a blend of cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, and other spices. It is made for mulled wine or mulled apple cider. I just put one scoop in each of our cups with apple cider and heated it up in the microwave. Boy, was it delicious. The smell was heavenly and the taste was wonderful on a cool crisp fall day. It felt good on our sore throats.
We made it home with no problems, but both of us are still feeling a little groggy. We swung by the dump station here in Oconto. For a mere $2 fee we can dump our tanks when we get home... so campgrounds without dump stations are not a problem for us. We know we can always dump a mile or so away from our home.
We unloaded the few things that needed to come out of the motor home, and plop the dirty laundry in the washing machine. Then it was time for a nice long afternoon nap!
It's now Sunday morning, and we are feeling a bit brighter. Steve is out cutting the lawn and I am working on this blog and doing a few little tasks around the house. I am thinking it might be an apple pie baking day?
At noon is the football game, will be strange to see Lambeau Field without any spectators, such is the world we live in, eh?