Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday August 20, 2014-Pine View Campground, Ft. McCoy WI

We had a couple of laid-back days yesterday and today. Yesterday we stayed home most of the day. Michael's truck battery was dead so I went over and jump-started his truck. We let the truck run for awhile and went over to Ft. McCoy so they could pick up some packages that had been shipped there. We came back home to let the dogs out and went back over for a campfire. We have had several campfires and like some of the other nights, the mosquitoes ran us back inside. 

Today we went to Tunnel City, where Michael wanted to show us the three train tunnels that went through a hill. Unfortunately, a mining company has bought all the property and actually mines and removes the sandy soil to ship out to the fracking operations in the oilfields. As we left, a neighborhood resident stopped us to ask if we needed directions, but we explained what we had found and he told us the road down to the tunnels had been closed for some time. When we left, ironically a train was crossing the road, so we got to see a small part of what we came to see.

We left Tunnel City and drove down to a German restaurant. Michael and Kelly have been by this restaurant and had been wanting to eat there, but when we arrived, the place was closed. Kelly researched it on her phone and found a telephone number but soon learned that the restaurant had closed in June. Bummer! We are two for two today.

We ended up eating at the China Buffet in Tomah. The food was pretty good and the waitress was very attentive. We made a short stop at Wal Mart before we came back home but tonight, instead of mosquitoes, we were bothered by gnats that seemed to swarm all over us. It was our last night for a campfire and Michael burned up all of his firewood. He was tired of carrying it around, so in honor of our last campfire, he burned it up. We had a very nice night, sitting around the fire, chatting. Some of the neighbors came by and visited for a bit and we made plans to have a last breakfast together on Friday morning when they pull out. I envy Michael and Kelly, being able to spend time with their kids and grandkids. Oh well...

So long.

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