Illinois

Day 233 – Illinois Northwest (Part 2)

Day 233 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Apple River Canyon State Park

We started out the day trying to find Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois measuring 1,235 feet tall.  We were unsuccessful, but continued through
the maze of cornfields to Apple River Canyon State Park where we took a mile walk through the hardwood forest.  While the wildflower lined trail was shaded by trees, I think I would have rather walked along the nearby, flowing river. Our stroll just about did Petey in, so we hopped back in VANilla and turned south toward Mississippi Palisades State Park. Continue reading “Day 233 – Illinois Northwest (Part 2)”

Illinois, Iowa

Day 232 – Great River Road and Illinois Northwest

Day 232 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Pikes Peak State Park

We started out the day at Pikes Peak State Park where we walked to yet another overlook of the Mississippi.  This overlook also happened to be an earth cache, so I check marked Iowa off the list presuming the creator of the cache takes my answers.  All the answers but one were on the associated signs; however, I am also to look at the bend and valley depth to determine the speed of the current here.  Anyone want to look at the picture and take a guess?  That’s what I’m doing! Continue reading “Day 232 – Great River Road and Illinois Northwest”

Pounds Hollow Recreation Area, Shawnee National Forest
Illinois

Day 8 – Sights in the Shawnee National Forest

DAY 8 OF YEAR LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWING SCENIC BYWAYS IN THE USA

Cave in Rock State Park

We left late today…decided to finish posting while I had internet.  Our first stop was in the same park where we camped, Cave-in-Rock State Park.  Does anyone want to take a guess at what we saw?  Yes, it was a cave – 160 feet deep in a limestone bluff.  I was afraid I might miss it as there were stairs everywhere, but obviously that would have been hard to do once I saw its large size.  The cave was once a hideout for river pirates after the Revolutionary War.  They would lure pioneers into the cave and take their possessions and sometimes their lives.  Fortunately now, it’s just a tour attraction.  Continue reading “Day 8 – Sights in the Shawnee National Forest”

Thebes Courthouse
Illinois

Day 7 – Sights along Shawnee Hills Scenic Byway

DAY 7 OF YEAR LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWING SCENIC BYWAYS IN THE USA

I’ve made it a week on my adventure…and I have to say it has been pretty smooth so far, except for Scout.  I’ll have to see how she is today.  For some reason, I get the feeling she’ll only get to enjoy the journey for a week.  At least that is better than sitting in the backyard in the Texas heat while I’m at work.

Thebes Landing RV Park & Campground

Due to the new experience of a private campground and the trains that cross the river (about four an hour), I didn’t get much sleep last night, but I did get to see the moon shining on the Mississippi at 3:30 in the morning, and it was phenomenal.  Despite the lack of sleep, I’d still recommend Thebes Landing RV Park & Campground to anyone.  Neal is going to bring in a barge and add a bar to it.  He said the Corp of Engineers denied his permit three times, but consistency paid off.  The guys in the St. Louis office decided to hand deliver the permit instead of mailing it because they just wanted to meet him.  Continue reading “Day 7 – Sights along Shawnee Hills Scenic Byway”