We pulled out of Sioux Falls right on the dot of 11am this morning, as usual! I don't understand what happens to our mornings. No matter what time we start to break camp, it is always 11am before we are ready. Drives me nuts, lol! I didn't even cook breakfast this morning which usually accounts for part of that late morning departure issue. We'd never tried the Hardee's biscuits and gravy everyone talks about so Larry went right next door and picked us up a breakfast platter, which included one biscuit & gravy. It was good, but not as great as I expected. I would eat one again but wouldn't 'go out of my way' to do so. Does that make me bad???? LOL
Anyway, the weather was beautiful as we traveled across the southern portion of Minnesota. We made a brief stop at the rest area at the state line so I could get a pic of the sign. Had to climb up a hill with a worn little path to get there so that made for a little exercise, which actually felt good. Our scenery today mostly consisted of wind turbines, soybeans and of course corn, corn & more corn. We whizzed right on by the 'Welcome to Iowa' sign which wasn't much of a sign anyway. I barely got a blurry pic. We saw a turned over semi and that was a terrible sight. It looked like a small passenger vehicle might have pulled in front of him and obviously he couldn't stop. The car was flattened and the tractor was separated from the cab & a real mess. It's doubtful anyone survived but we're not sure as only the police were on site. Makes you really think about being extra cautious while on the road these days.
We arrived at the Redwood Campground on Lost Island Lake near Ruthven, Iowa around 4pm. It really is a lovely lake, 1266 acres, making it the 6th largest natural lake in Iowa. It has 1520 feet of shore line with 90 campsites. It's pretty deserted right now except for a few seasonal's down the road. There are only two of us in our loop. We're parked next to a large cornfield and there are three small cabins between us & the lake, but it is a short walk to the shoreline. My cousins Chrissy & Fred live right down the road which makes it very convenient. We went to Spencer for dinner and had an enjoyable evening catching up a bit. We'll be spending the weekend with them, looking forward to that. Fred is going duck hunting in the morning for a few hours. First day of hunting. I'm sure we'll not get much sleep when the shots begin!