So much has happened in the past few weeks.  We stopped at the UPS store to pick up our mail from the last 6 weeks and there was also a cardboard box of magazines and catalogues (several month’s worth) they had set aside for us. We have been very satisfied with their mailbox service.

Both of us have had our yearly physicals with labs. Joan has had a mammogram, saw a foot doctor and had an eye exam. We have a couple more appointments during the summer, and hope to be finished with all our medical needs by early September.  We have also been taking care of business at our bank, stopping in to see family, friends and old neighbors here in Iowa.

We left Swiss Valley Park May 5th, and set up our Motorhome at Grant River Park, near Potosi Wisconsin. It is a Corps of Engineers park along the Mississippi River, with great views of the river, and beautiful sunsets. It is one of our favorite campgrounds, and a favorite with retires, as a site is only $8-9.00 with a senior pass. We reserved a site until May 18th when we will leave for Hickory Hills campground in LaPorte City where we will be camp hosts for two weeks.

The weather has been cooler than normal since we arrived at Grant River. There have been many thunderstorms and it has rained almost every day. The rangers have been on the verge of closing the campground several times. The Mississippi River has been over flood stage from about May 7th through May 13th. We have kept a very close eye on the weather reports, and flood warnings. Several campsites in the park, as well as the road to those campsites were flooded up until a couple of days ago. The camp host, and rangers ride through the park often, making sure that none of the campers here are in danger of being trapped by the floodwaters.

Surprisingly, the campground is mostly full on the weekend. During the first week of May we had the campground mostly to ourselves from Monday through Friday morning, however this week (now that the floodwaters have receded) campers have been pulling in each day. The camp host says that all the reserved sites will be full by the weekend, and she expects most of the other sites will also be taken. It is very cool today and tomorrow, and won’t get up into the 60s and 70s for a few more days.

We are looking forward to warmer weather, and to seeing the sun again. Both of us enjoy being outside most of the time, but haven’t been able to spend much time outside the last two weeks. We have made a couple of trips into Dubuque to visit Dave’s sister and her husband and to do some shopping. We also went to Lancaster, Wisconsin a couple of times; there is a factory in Lancaster that builds modular homes and has free scrap wood that makes excellent kindling. We loaded up on this free wood for future campfires, and did laundry while in town. Spent a day at Platteville, stopping at the Goodwill store, Menards, and Walmart for some groceries.

Most of our time has been spent at the campground. Some friends who were also neighbors of ours from Dubuque joined us May 9th, and another couple from Platteville who camp here frequently joined our group a few days later. They are friends and camping buddies for about two years now. It has really helped pass the time with faithful friends to keep us company. We sat outside around a campfire with all of them, whenever the weather wasn’t too cold and wet!

We are looking forward to our weeks ahead as camp hosts, and if it doesn’t stop raining, we may be building a boat, as Noah did.


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