days to Itasca!
I got up at Zero Dark Thirty this morning to call the Minnesota State Parks Reservation Center when it opened to make campground reservations for our stays at Itasca and Crow Wing State Parks. There was only one site (!) left available at Itasca for the 25th as of last night, so I wanted to nab it. I attempted to do this online yesterday, but my profile came up “already in use” when I tried to set it up n the Reservation Center’s website and I thus couldn’t proceed on to make the reservation. A call to the nice lady who assisted me this morning cleared that up- my wife Heather and I stayed at Itasca five years ago before Minnesota adopted a state park campground reservation system and our old landline home phone number, collected at the time, was somehow creating a glitch in the system.
So Gary and I are now paid guests of the State of Minnesota at Itasca SP on the 25th and Crow Wing SP on the 30th. A ten dollar call center reservation was added to each night, so I start the day a sawbuck poorer but relieved that this task is taken care of. I hope Minnesota puts the money to good use. It is fortunate that friends are hosting up over Labor day weekend- I never thought about that until yesterday.
Three nights and a wakeup until I fly out of Anchorage!