We left Las Vegas, Nevada for a full-time adventure in our motorhome in June 2013. That first year we discovered the northwest. 2014 saw us go from Arizona to Key West, Florida. Then up the east coast to Knoxville and back west through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Our 2015 excursion, which started March 16th, will take us up to Washington and across the upper U.S. to the northeast for the fall seasonal change. Follow us!
It took us about six hours to get 280 miles from Rochester,
Minnesota to Two Rivers, Wisconsin. About half of this trip was on
Interstate-90 but the other half was on some very good country roads. It slowed
our speed down to about 50 MPH. We pulled in to the Stop-N-Doc Marina & RV
Park about 2 P.M.
Two Rivers, Wisconsin is on Lake Michigan about 40 miles
south and a little east of Green Bay. Turns out we hit a jewel of the RV Parks
on this one. Located on one of the two rivers, the owners, Chuck and Mary, have
owned the jewel since 1989. Originally it was more of a marina but back in the
late 1990s the river receded and the marina business slowly declined. Today,
even though the river levels are back to full and normal, the RV Park carries
After Storm Water Reflection
The RV Park is about a mile upstream from the jetty in Two
Rivers that allows passage into Lake Michigan. The RV Park has 18 prime spaces each
allowing beautiful views of the area. It made for a calm and serene stay at a park
without much traffic. We stayed for 28 days!
On our first night in Two Rivers we decided to drive the
mile downtown to see what was happening. After all, it was Friday evening. Were
we surprised when we found out the town was gearing up for their annual car
show that would be held the next day. We attended!
Two Rivers is an older and charming town that has roots back
to the mid-1800s. The main street in downtown Two Rivers is about 6-7 block
long. There is a natural blending of new and old renovated buildings. Well kept
Many of the cars that would be in the car show the next day
were parked along the main street. We could tell this next day was going to be
something unique. And it was!
We got back downtown early (9 A.M.) the next morning to look
at all the cars in the show. The Brats were cooking. Old cars repaired to new
again and old cars all jazzed up with chrome engines. Corvettes, Cobra’s, and even
a Lotus and a couple Ferrari’s. New and old muscle cars. All showroom shining!
Janet and I have been in Reno during “Hot August Nights” a
couple times and I think they had about twice as much product on the main
street of this small town. Population of Two Rivers is only 11,500! One car
parked in every other parking place for six blocks. Now I know what guys do in
Wisconsin in the showy winters. This show was amazing!
As most of you know, Janet and I lived in larger and busier
cities. Cities that were attached to larger metropolitan cities. You might
notice that we do not linger long in the larger metro area in any state. It is
so much more relaxing to stay and meet the people in the smaller communities.
People that take the time to talk. It is fun and enlightening to know what they
Our second week in Two Rivers saw us take the drive to Green
Bay. We had two things on our mind this day. Visiting the local Sam’s for
resupply of some of the things we use in quantity, and taking the tour of the
legendary football stadium, Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
Lambeau Field kind of sneaks up on you as you drive through
Green Bay. Green Bay is covered in foliage and all of a sudden you just come
upon this massive stadium. The stadium as gone through a large renovation in
the last few years, and it actually seats more people than the new Dallas
Cowboy stadium in Texas. Lambeau is an outdoor stadium and open to the severe
winter weather. I am sure that is why it is referred to as “the frozen tundra”
in some television games.
Our tour, which costs $10, started in the new atrium area.
About 30 people were in this tour, and the tours start about every 30 minutes.
The front of the tour was guided by a very knowledgeable man with just the
right amount of humor. His assistant followed as a shepherd insuring no one got
left behind, or went off on their own.
The tour took us through some of the stadium’s history
touching on the great coach of the 1960s, Vince Lombardi, and some of the great
players through the ages. The past two quarterbacks of the Packers, Brett Favre
and Aaron Rodgers seemed to have acquired “cult status”.
The tour took us up an elevator to one of the corporate
party rooms that lurk over the field. This room was about 50 x 50 and had all
the amenities. It was located opposite one of the end zones and provided a very
good view of the field. If you didn’t like the view you could watch one of the
TVs that were well placed in the room. The guide said this room is not owned by
any specific corporation, but it is rented for $30,000 a game, and there is a
View From Rental
We were herded back into the elevators for the trip down to
the bowels of the stadium. In this case, right outside the Packer’s locker
room. We didn’t get to go in but they did have a panoramic picture on the wall
just outside the locker room. Very plush looking!
From here we proceeded into the tunnel just outside the
locker room. This was a stunning experience. Hair-raising for me! As we started
down the tunnel toward the corner end-zone entrance to the field a very
high-fidelity sound system came to life that gave us all the sounds the players
experience as they are heading out for a game. This was so realistic I swear I
could smell hot dogs!
As we stepped out onto the asphalt track that rings the
field the tour guide continued to pass on information. Standing on field level and
looking up at the stadium gives you a better view of just how massive this
structure appears. The very slight rise in the middle of the field is barely
noticeable as the field appeared flat. They are very proud of this natural
From here we went back into the bowels of the stadium for a
ride on the elevators back to the atrium area where the tour started an hour or
Janet Modeling a Super Bowl Ring
The Famous Lambeau Leap!
The sports shop at Lambeau Field was about 10,000 square
feet of well-presented merchandise, and it was extremely busy when we came
through that area around 10 A.M. It was much more crowded when we came through
a couple hours later.
We visited the local Sam’s outlet for an hour and then drove
the 40 country miles back to Two Rivers in about an hour.
The next Saturday we attended the 1st Annual
Manitowoc, Wisconsin SubFest. The SubFest was held in the marina right next to
the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. On display at the wharf next to the museum was
the U.S.S. Cobia (SS-245), a submarine that saw action in WWII. The tour of the
sub was somewhat different from others I had seen around the country in that
there were actual real submariners aboard in each major compartment talking
with us as we toured.
Manitowoc, pronounced “Man-It-O-Woc”, Wisconsin, had a ship
building business during the Second World War that was commissioned by the
government to build 28 submarines. A hand full of them did not come home!
Consequently, the people in the surrounding area are very proud of this
heritage, and I enjoyed talking it up with the Navy guys.
Manitowoc is located on Lake Michigan and south of Two
Rivers about six miles. Besides the SubFest in Manitowoc, we also discovered
Culver’s there. Culver’s is a place famous for their Butter-Burgers and Frozen
Custard. They are a chain of restaurants across the northern states. We wished
we had never discovered Culver’s!
We also discovered The Pine River Dairy in the countryside
of Manitowoc. This is a small country farm that produces all kinds of dairy
products. Great cheese products and ice-cream cones for 25 cents a scoop. We
couldn't get out of this place for less than $50!
We stayed in Two Rivers for four weeks and could have spent
a lifetime there. Except for the winters!
Our next stop turned out to be in Milton, Wisconsin, about
200 miles south of Two Rivers, and 25 miles south of the Wisconsin capitol of
Madison. The purpose of our weeks stay in the Madison area was to attend the
annual rally of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). It was held at the
Alliant Energy Center Convention Complex in downtown Madison, and we found it
very well attended.
We spent most of one day visiting the vendor’s booths in the
exposition hall. We bought a few “must haves” besides joining FMCA. It was an
enlightening day. We looked at some of the new motorhomes that were available
for viewing in the parking lot and confirmed we still like ours!
A week in Milton was too long as the weather went hot and
humid. We would get up in the morning with all the greatest of intentions but
when you get blasted with that hot, not warm, humid air our intentions
regressed to the air-conditioning splendor of the motorhome. We were glad to
get moving on east towards our next stop in Indianapolis, Indiana.
It was an easy drive from Milton to Indianapolis and we got
there in about 5 hours. Our RV Park reservations were on the southwest side of
Indianapolis in a nice enough park but just off State Highway 37 which made for
some road noise. We couldn’t really hear this noise with our air-conditioners
running during the days and it wasn’t that busy at night.
Our RV Park was two exits down the freeway from Culver’s. We
wish we hadn’t noticed it!