Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Slice of Americana: Minnesota Airstream Park

Paul, Bauxite Betsy and I just returned from a trip to Clear Lake, Minnesota.

Our home for the past week was the Minnesota Airstream Park,

where we had a lovely spot with soft landscaping, a cement patio and a screened casita.

We chose this location because I attended and worked at the ACDA Summer Dialogue,

a conference of state choral directors held on the campus of Saint John's University.

The campus was about a thirty minute drive from where we were located.

People own their lots at this park and can rent out their spots when they are not in residence with their own travel trailer. The stipulation is, one has to own an Airstream to become a member.  One can stay there with a camper other than an Airstream, but only in a location stipulated for "others."

So, Betsy was surrounded by Airstreams of all sizes and vintages. We found it all a bit odd.

But, it was a wonderful place to stay. People were very friendly.

You may wonder what Paul occupied his time with in my absence each day. Well, there is an executive golf course in the park, with no greens fee for residents. Need I say more?

He wanted a chance to get more comfortable with the new set of irons he acquired this summer, so he made good use of the course. He played16 rounds of golf! After his daily rounds,  he would go for a swim and sit by the pool with his ereader. This guy should give seminars in how to be retired!!!

He even got me out on the links on Saturday. Notice the little lake in this picture. So pretty.

He's convinced me I need to take up the game.

There was a nice vegetable stand and a great meat market on my way home from St. John's, so we would enjoy a nice dinner each evening.

Dialogue will be at St. John's again next summer, so the decision has been made to return. Here's a picture of Paul pondering our future plans.

Life is good. We are next headed into three consecutive weekends of BBQ judging. I'll keep you posted.