After a fine two weeks in Jackson County, MN, we continued our travels north to the small town of Melrose. Our only reason for visiting this town was to cycle the Lake Wobegon Trail, but it ended up being a very nice little town with an excellent, authentic Mexican restaurant and a fine city park campground, so we were glad we decided to stay here.
When we first pulled into the Sauk River Park, we weren't overly impressed. Many of the sites were primitive and very small, geared towards folks in tents. There were only a couple of larger sites with hookups available, and we would be up against the fence of a softball field.
Fortunately, in late July, there were no games in this field, nor on the soccer field across from us, and we ended up liking this park quite a lot. There were good places to play with Paisley, and from our site, we could walk anywhere in town. Sometimes parks just take awhile to grow on us, because they're all different.
The Sauk River runs behind some of the smaller campsites.
Right across from the park, the Sauk River is dammed up to form Sauk Lake.
The Mexican restaurant I mentioned, El Portal, was a mile walk from the campground, but so well worth it. It's a true mom and pop place and very authentic. Other than the fact that it was not open air, it reminded us of places we'd eaten in Mexico. The decor, food, and Mexican beers took us right back there and made for a very special experience.
In our next post, we'll take you riding on the Lake Wobegon Trail with us. Come along!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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