CampTour'12: So long, Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. -- I've had a fruitful few days here at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and have a much better feel for the Minnesota Vikings after this stop of CampTour'12. But soon it will be time to pack up the NFC North blogmobile and head north for a few days.

Here's the plan for those following along: I'll head out soon for the Vikings' night practice at Blakeslee Stadium and, barring breaking news, will post some practice observations Sunday morning.

The blog will originate from NFC North blog headquarters beginning Sunday, and the Vikings' Camp Confidential post is scheduled to publish sometime Monday morning. I'll depart Tuesday evening for Detroit, and Wednesday and Thursday we'll spend some time getting acquainted with the Detroit Lions.

That will take us directly into the preseason portion of training camp, with games beginning in our division Thursday night. How quickly time flies. But first things first: Have a pleasant Saturday evening.