26-27 July 2010
(Chain o’ Lakes, WI)
Our stop at Chain o’ Lakes KOA was a one-niter. It’s all dirt/sand, but is so much nicer than our stay at Manistique we didn’t whine. The surroundings are a beautiful rustic approach that works very well in this very woodsy area. Btw, this is the first KOA we’ve found that recycles!
The dogs had a great time walking new territory which included access to one of the lakes in the chain (28 lakes in the chain I think?). We hiked down to the launch ramp but our timing was terrible as we managed to become dinner for the mosquitoes. But it’s a beautiful campground with great trees (conifers) and lots of signs reminding people to drive slowly to keep down the dust. By and large it seems to work as most followed the instructions.
We got into Eagle River (the nearby town) and had dinner at Butch’s Pizza. Fantastic! If you stop in Eagle R you really need to think about this place for lunch or dinner. Great pizza!
We tanked up and were on our way to Alma Center/Hixton KOA the next morning.
27-30 July 2010
|Hixton/Alma Center, WI KOA.|
Hixton KOA was a one-nighter so we could rest a bit and shop for a few things. The KOA is right between the 2 towns… about 3 miles either direction. But if you want more than what you would expect at a 7-11, then you have to plan on 15-20 miles to Black River Falls.
This KOA is amazing. The grounds are immaculate. I had the feeling of staying in the front yard of a mansion. There were expansive lawns, trimmed shrubbery, everything well cared for. Loved it, and enjoyed touring the immediate area. Went to Bruce’s Mound and left wondering: what the hell is a mound!? There were other “mounds” in the area, whatever they are. My guess is they are small hills, but… ??? If you know, please share.
This is an Amish area and we saw several of their farms. The coolest was one with wheat (or some grains) stacked in sheaves. And we happened to see the occasional horse draw wagon. I resisted the urge to get out the camera since the Admiral threatened to break it over my head if I didn’t respect their privacy. Convincing argument!
We were up bright and early on the 29th, hitched up, disconnected water and sewer, and pulled out. Ummm, yeah. Well… we (I!) forgot to disconnect the power cable. This cord is over 1″ in diameter and you would think I could remember something that big. But no… I pulled out without a clue.
We stopped at a rest stop near a set of locks around La Crosse, WI. After a break I was walking back to the rig and saw the yellow power plug still plugged into the rear connector. And there was no cable in sight. Oh crap! I figured it was a goner. And I feared we would have a sizable repair bill fixing their power pylon. But that wasn’t case: the Admiral called the park and learned the pylon was fine. The only problem was the wires had been pulled out of the connector without breaking anything. So instead of heading to a Camping World we headed back to Hixton and stayed another night at the KOA so I could repair the cable (less than 5 minutes work).
So after a 3rd night at this wonderful park we really did manage our escape!