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A look at our site and environs


Our "SPOT" for 2 weeks.

Our “SPOT” for 2 weeks.

Life is good at Thomson Causeway. This is one of our favorite places (thus far). To show just how pleasant it is, the Fee Collector (Carl) and his wife have been coming here for 16 years! Our spot — 001 — sits right on the end of the causeway and we get the inspector’s eye on everyone coming in and going out.

Our Route

Our Route

We’re working on getting back in shape. To that end we are walking as much as our legs will allow and right now we’re doing at least one 2 mile walk each day. The last two days the route has taken us across the causeway and over to the other campground. Nice walk — but a lot of sun in this 90ΒΊ heat.

The Campgrounds

The Campgrounds

I think that last year I might have mentioned that there are about 170 sites here. Most are reservable, but the sites from 29 to 78 are designated first come first served — and they go quickly — being right on the river.

New Bathrooms

New Bathrooms

They’ve been pouring money into this location and here’s a view of the newest addition, a nice shower house with flush toilets.

The students work so hard they walk right out of their boots.

The students work so hard they walk right out of their boots.

For the last 20+ years a professor from University of Iowa has been conducting research on the Painted Turtle population here. Students arrive near the beginning of June and hang around until the turtles stop mating. The males never come out of the water; just the females to lay their eggs. From the crew of 12-15 college students most of them spend their long, long days looking for turtles heading ashore to lay eggs. They are measured, evaluated, and some of the eggs are dug up to be hatched at the lab — most remain here to hatch naturally. The reason for digging them up is that they are researching the impact of temperature upon the gender of the baby turtles. Evidentally the ambient temperature when the turtles are in their egg determines which will emerge male and which female.

The poor fella who had to go wading through the lilly pads in search of MALES seems to have walked right out of his boots. That’s an unenviable job he got. But I haven’t been able to tell if they switch this job off among them. They’ll be leaving — probably — a few days after we head up to Blackhawk Park / De Soto, WI.

That was most of today. We have decided to make a quick trip to Milwaukee on Saturday. The bank is open so we can make a safety deposit box drop, and see our daughter Kathryn, and put some more things in storage. Times to do this before we get too far from Milwaukee are dwindling and we are trying to lighten our load — not by force, but by realizing that some of the things we brought we just wont use.

All in all — a great day. And while I’m at it — today is the 44 1/2 anniversary of our marriage. I’m still as crazy for my sweetie now as I was then. We’re really blessed.

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