We had a busy 3 weeks while “home” in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it turned out to be more of “we need to get this done,” than a social visit. After running around to several dealers, we did receive an acceptable offer on my car, so that is one more personal item that we have disposed of! The de-cluttering continued with going thru all the drawers and cupboards in the camper, and getting rid of more stuff. There is still a lot more that we would like to dispose of, but we will save them for our next major clean.
We did manage to get in some family time, as we made it back in time for our nephew Kyle’s 30th Birthday party. It was nice to see all of the friends and relatives at his party, and we can’t thank Dan’s sister and brother-in-law enough for letting us park our rig at Camp Meyer during our stay!
We drove down to the Milwaukee area and spent a few days with my sister Margie, husband Greg and niece Molly. They have 2 dogs and 2 cats, so Makena was a bit nervous. Although she did manage to make her way up to their bedroom each night and crawled under the covers with them, much to the anger of their cats!
Easter weekend we drove up to Minnesota with Dan’s sister, for our niece Brooke’s Bridal Shower. Dan’s brother and sister-in-law Gary and Julia are looking forward to Brooke and Chris’s wedding later this summer! It was a brief visit, but we enjoyed getting together with family.
After many months of searching, Dan found a bicycle, and I had a long overdue tune-up on mine. We will be right next to a 108 mile bike trail in South Dakota, so we hope to ride a few times a week (have to get back in shape!) We did find time to have lunch/dinners with friends Angie and Dave; an excellent fish fry at Beer Belly’s in the Milwaukee area with friends Mike and Karlyn; and a great lunch with a former college roommate, Mary. We also were able to squeeze in a night with Jonell’s brother and sister-in-law Brian and Annette along with our Thursday night Bible study group. It was great catching up with everyone!
We also had dental visits, truck maintenance and a veterinary visit for Makena (just routine, no problems). We were able to make a spur of the moment surprise visit to our former neighbors Brenda, and the Kierzeks. On a sad note our friend Mary Jo’s mom passed away, and we were able to attend her funeral in Shawano.
We are thankful to have the time to do all of these things, although we still left a lot of “until next time….” We were hoping to have time to stop in Dan’s hometown of Oconto Falls to visit with his parents and other friends and spend more time in Milwaukee to visit more friends and former co-workers. Originally, we were planning on attending a rally in Indiana in mid-September after we finished working at Crazy Horse on September 12. However, the Packers schedule came out, and the home opener is September 14, so we are now thinking of going back to Wisconsin for a week or two until we start back at Amazon in the fall. Hopefully, we will be able to complete some of our “until next time …..”
We arrived at our “summer home”, Crazy Horse in Custer, SD on Wednesday May 8th. Thanks to the generosity of Phil and Rudee of workingrvers.blogspot.com, we have a booster antennae so we can post our blog. AT&T put a new cellular “tree” up (yes it is a tree, not a tower), so they get excellent service. We have Verizon, and were barely getting 1 bar of 3G. We are now up to 3 bars, thanks to the booster. We will be looking into purchasing one soon.
There is so much to see and do here in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We plan on more frequent blogs. As always, we thank you for following along on our journey. If you are planning on coming out to this area over the summer, please let us know. We would love to get together!
Quote for the Day: “I am so busy doing nothing…that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything.” Jerry Seinfeld
Welcome to the Black Hills. We’re also from WI (now SD) and are working at Custer State Park. We retired early, left WI Oct. 2012 and have been enjoying the full timing life. Enjoy your new life style!
Thanks! We plan on visiting Custer Park several times, so we should get together. Are you workcamping? We have been wondering if our dually pick-up will fit thru the tunnels on Needles Hwy!
We are at Stockade North campground- host and attendant. Last year we took our dually, only once, on Needles Hwy. Carefully drive down the center. Have to pull in the mirrors (then you can’t see where the hips are) but we did fit.
It was so wonderful to see you both at bible study!!! Great surprise… Please join us for a home cooked meal when you make it back in September. We are very happy that we can now stayed connected with you guys. We will keep you in our prayers!
Randy and Ann
Thanks! We look forward to seeing you in September. Let us know what Packer game you would like.