It rained on and off for most of the day on Friday which was OK because we stayed inside most of the day anyway…me working on songs and Michael piddling around with odds and ends.
The campground started to fill up somewhat by mid afternoon but still not as full as we expected over Labor Day weekend. There are plenty of spots still available and only one of the spots on either side of us is filled. We are just fine with that!
It really is a pretty campground – very wooded with lots of boulders around the sites but Michael had little problem maneuvering through the park to our site. It’s on the smaller side with roughly 45 full hook up sites, 10 tent sites and 5 cabins. They also have a section for about 20 seasonal sites.
Friday evening we met my sister, Vicki and her husband, Jimi for dinner at the Hideout Steakhouse. We all ordered fish of some sort (fried, baked, seafood platter) and really enjoyed it. While the fish was very good Michael and I weren’t pleased with the french onion soup…oh well…you win some, you lose some!
The bonus for going to the Hideout was that Vicki’s daughter, Nikki, bartends there part-time and Friday was her night to work. She came in 1/2 an hour before her shift began so that she could sit with us and visit before her shift began.
As we were finishing our meal we happened to see our niece, Tracy and her husband, Jeremy waiting for a table. We waved and then stopped at their table on our way out to chat for a short bit. This is the best thing about small town life in my opinion…seeing so many of my family and friends so spontaneously!
Saturday, once again, was a rainy, drippy kind of day although it did stop by late afternoon….just in time for us to head downtown to the second annual PotatoFest. (Lots and lots of potatoes grown in this area for Lays).
Our main reason for going, was to listen/watch my niece Nikki and her husband, Joel (my good friend) play with their band, Nikki and the Nimrods. We don’t get to watch them very often but when we do it’s a huge treat! Nikki is so full of energy and does such a good job singing.
We made sure to enjoy a potato while we were there….a potato that was spiral cut before our very eyes…then deep fried, seasoned and drizzled with cheese and bacon…quite yummy indeed!
My sister,Vicki, joined us about an hour or so after we got there. I was also blessed with hugs/visits with from June, the daughter of a woman I worked with at Headstart and then Walmart with…she still calls me “Miss Kelly” a moniker from Headstart. (We’ll be going to dinner with her mom & stepdad next Friday)
Then I was surprised when, Mary, who I worked with at Walmart and who still works at Walmart, stopped by our table to catch up. One of her sons and our son Dan were very good friends in elementary school.
We had only planned to stay for an hour or so but ended up there for 3 1/2 hours…the entire time Nikki played. We really enjoyed their performance and couldn’t pull ourselves away. They play a little of everything – country, old rock/pop, newer stuff etc.
We left the fest and walked a short distance to Main Street….to the Northwestern Hotel & Lounge. The Northwestern has some of THE best sandwiches you’ll find. I’ve been enjoying them for 30+ years! The meat is sliced thin and piled super high…yum. I have never gotten
anything but the turkey sandwich but this time I went out on a limb and ordered the Hemlock – Turkey, Ham, Summer Sausage, Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese and Thousand Island dressing. You can have it warm or cold….I chose warm….it was wonderful! Michael went with the Turkey Supreme on a Kaiser roll.
With the meat piled so high on the sandwiches we both ended up taking 1/2 of our sandwiches home. We each ordered a cup of French onion soup to go with our sandwiches and it was very good! It was getting a bit on the chilly side (about 60ish) and the soup was the perfect accompaniment for our sandwiches.
We were parked near the PotatoFest grounds so on our way back to the truck we stopped in at the music tent to give a listen to the band that took over after Nikki and the Nimrods were done, The Dweebs. Yeah…you heard that right….the Nimrods and the Dweebs! Ha! Anyway, neither Mike or I were impressed with the singing…the music was good but the singing was lacking in our opinion. They did a pretty neat version of the Hokey Pokey though…it was done like an AC-DC song…pretty cool. We only stayed for about 3 songs and then headed back to the truck.
We got home just before 9:00 pm to the smell of campfires and campers speaking in low tones. No one was loud or obnoxious….just people having a good time relaxing and enjoying their long weekend.