One of my favorite places to sneak away to when I want a little R&R is Lanesboro, MN – a quaint small town just 15 miles from the farm where I grew up in southeastern Minnesota. This past week, Steve and I were able to take a few days off, which allowed us to attend my annual (large) family reunion on Sunday. Afterwards we drove along the windy gravel roads through the limestone bluffs and valleys to Lanesboro.
There are many activities to keep the whole family entertained including paved bike trails, Amish tours, tubing or canoeing the Root River, or just strolling through the colorful, flower lined streets window shopping in the many (art) shops along the way.
Two years ago, Steve and I biked the entire 60-miles of the trails, visiting each of the small towns along the way. It was a vacation that we’ll always remember. This year, we were not up to biking yet, as Steve is still recovering from a stroke that affected his left side, just a few months after that trip. He is building up his strength with the aid of a Sun trike that we purchased earlier this summer from Edina Bike & Sport, and we are confident that it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to get back out and do 5-10 miles of biking at a time.
This past weekend was spent enjoying the beautiful flower gardens, enjoying fresh, locally grown food at Petal Pushers Cafe (which was bustling with activity on Sunday evening and featured live, festive music from a local artist).
We drove up the steep hills and captured some of the beauty of the private gardens that are abundant in Lanesboro.
The Root River was running fast and high with the recent heavy rains.
We made it back to camp at the Eagle Cliff Campgrounds, located 3 miles east of town, just in time to enjoy the sun setting behind the bluffs.
Some of the family discovered they had a leaky tent and woke up with soaked bedding early in the morning. We were fortunate to have a comfortable room in the Eagle Cliff motel. It was one of the best night’s of sleep I’ve had in months – nestled in the valley the cell towers and 3G networks don’t work so you really can get away from it all. Not to worry though – there is cell coverage in downtown Lanesboro, and one only needs to drive to the top of a hill outside the campgrounds to get coverage for most services.