We mostly relaxed around the house and I took a four hour nap on the poofy heaven bed (these 30+ mile days really wear me out). So, I didn’t get as much blogging done as I had hoped, but I had a great day of rest. Later, we went for a drive to pick up some stamps and post cards, talk to the folks at the MN Fish and Wildlife, and Big River magazine. The Fish and Wildlife office ladies took great interest in my journey and gave me a ‘hoo rag,’ a tube of fabric that I could use to protect my face from the sun. I was so excited about it (given my terrible sun burn the other day) that they gave me two for good measure. That evening, we ate the pad se ew, and it was SO GOOD. I’m not sure it quenched my craving, though. I just want it more now J. The three of us took a drive up to the top of the bluff for a beautiful sunset view, where we met some of their friends and snapped some photos before heading home to some ice cream and homemade strawberry drizzle.
The following morning, I had to take care of some pressing matters back home involving a printer, scanner—and I was very glad to be in a place that had both! I was interviewed by some folks from the Winona Daily News, and by the time I had finished all my work, it was after noon, and I didn’t think I could reasonably get to the next waypoint in what was left of the day. Kathy welcomed me to stay another night (THANK YOU), so we had time to drive to see the Latsch Island community.
Latsch Island and the adjacent Wolf Spider Island has 100 house boats moored to the edge of the island. You can access them by foot from Latsch Island. Some have electricity, many don’t. Some are lived in year-round, some aren’t. Those that do live there full time have to tote their water, fuel, groceries, etc by foot or by boat to their home. In the winter, you can drive on the ice to replenish what you need, but the rest of the year, you still have to contend with flooding and other issues that make access difficult. As someone who is obsessed with tiny houses they were really cool for me to see. I wish I could have gone inside more of them! I took another (shorter) nap, before we enjoyed a meal at the local golf club restaurant.