Riverside Park in Clearwater MN offers canine fun!

Sign above picnic shelter at Riverside Park, Clearwater MN

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When the dogs and I are on the road competing, it’s always a treat to find a place where they can swim in the down time between one weekend trial and the next. They got their wish after competing at the agility trial in St. Cloud, MN and before our next trial at Ham Lake. We ventured into Clearwater, about a mile from where we camping  at the St. Cloud / Clearwater Campground, and noticed a small river with a nice park alongside called Riverside Park. Some kids were swimming, so we stopped to check it out. The rules did not say anything about prohibiting dogs from swimming …


Nice complex, bad experience at Nelson Bros’ Restaurant, Clearwater MN

Sign for Nelson Bros Restaurant and Bakery in Clearwater MN

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From searches on the Internet to recommendations by new friends at the CACM Agility Trial in St. Cloud, it was clear that a must-go-to restaurant in the area was Nelson Bros’ Restaurant & Bakery in the Clearwater Travel Plaza. The complex includes a sit-down restaurant, pub, bakery, food court, and gift shop that all operate separately.


CACM St. Cloud MN Agility Trial: Unique location, jumps, club

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The Canine Agility of Central Minnesota club (CACM) surprised me at their outdoor agility trial held at 6305 Glenn Carlson Dr., St. Cloud, MN.on June 17-18, 2017. Expecting to find temporary fencing, typical equipment, and a bumpy running surface, this trial provided quite the opposite.


Carl Spindler Campground in East Peoria, IL Picturesque, but …

Roadsign sign for Carl Spindler Marina & CampgroundMore dog friendly campgrounds near Pekin IL

Along the banks of the Illinois River at 3703 N. Main Street (access road #7) in East Peoria is the Fondulac Park District-managed Carl Spindler Marina and Campground. The campground offers 52 paved sites with 50-amp electric and varying combinations of water or sewer hookups. They also offer 26 primitive sites with electricity, and 3 cabin rentals.


Happy Tails Waggin’ at Dog Park in Pekin, IL

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There are dog parks, and then there are better dog parks. Happy Tails Dog Park at 1701 Court St. in Pekin IL, a few miles from a recent dog agility trial at Avanti’s Dome, is one of the better ones. It is spacious, grassy, has fresh water stations throughout, and contains several growing shade trees in both the small and large dog areas. My dogs loved running in this park, despite the very hot day.


Close, Clean and Comfortable: EconoLodge, Pekin IL

Front entrance to EconoLodge, Pekin IL
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View of Avanti's Dome from EconoLodge in Pekin IL
View of Avanti’s Dome from EconoLodge

A stone’s throw from a dog agility trials held at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin IL is economical lodging for handlers and their dogs: EconoLodge.

I didn’t stay there during the latest trial as I had my own RV, but did stay Sunday night following the trial. Since the hotel was booked full during the trial but not on Sunday, your experience may have been different if you stayed during that busy time, and I encourage you to comment on your stay!


POTC Agility Trial, Avanti’s Dome, Pekin IL

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There were no cramped quarters to be found at the POTC’s (Peoria Obedience Training Club’s) Agility trial held at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, Illinois on June 9-11, 2017. The  75,000-square-foot inflatable dome, a 7,100-square-foot reception building, and four outdoor softball/baseball diamonds reside on a 33-acre plot.