Minnesota

When we left Wisconsin we had some time to burn before having to be Iowa for my family reunion.  We had decided to spend a little bit of time in Minnesota seeing a few friends we hadn't seen in a long time.  We took our time to drive up hwy 35 north along the Mississippi.  It's a beautiful two-lane highway on the Wisconsin side. We were chasing a storm and decided to cross over in Redwing and head to Prior Lake, Mn south of Minneapolis. Jermiah has a friend Kevin Baas aka'Teach' there and he offered us a place to set up the camper on his property. We didn't get in till late but when we did roll in he had cold beer and this beautiful hand-made American Frolicd sign for us.  He and his wife own Baas Metal Craft where they make these amazing signs of any size. I had known of 'Teach' from Jerimiah for his amazing motorcycle builds and as being a wonderful teacher so I was excited to meet his family and see their home.  We stayed up a little later having a couple cold beers and catching up and decided to stay an extra day with them and get some things sorted out and enjoy the amazing bit of land they had.   They were nothing short of amazing and hospitable to us and I can't thank them enough.  

After we left them we went up Chisago Minnesota to see a couple of friends I hadn't seen years. When I last seen them they were a creative couple just starting their family in Minneapolis and now they had an amazing family of three and had become homesteaders on a farm outside of St. Paul.  They have a small farm and are working on being self-sustainable. They were beyond generous sharing whatever they had with us.  I was excited to meet their children and see what they have built and also introduce Jerimiah to two people I love dearly.  We got to explore some of Minnesota's finest small towns but I feel like we only started to touch of what it had to offer before  we had to head to Iowa.  We had so many friends we would have loved to see but as we realized living on the road you never get to stay anywhere long before you have to head on to the next town.

We planned our route to avoid yet another storm and pointed the Frolic in the direction of Estherville,Iowa where we would stay at our first Harvest Host spot.