Our month in Milwaukee is at an end. It’s been a good month, and if nothing else we’ve gotten out of our Highland Ridge routine — by golly, we’ve gotten out of any kind of routine at all! So, even if our month weren’t up, it would be a good time to start heading South. We need the motivation of new sights and sounds.
We’ve been trying to keep up with our walking, but we haven’t been as diligent as we should have been. It’s easy to find excuses, but the fact of the matter is we haven’t been “good” and it’s time to get back on our program.
This first leg of our trip is the longest. Our other daily drives should all be under 300 miles, if not by a lot, at least by a little. These being roads we’re most familiar with, I’m not minding a slightly longer drive and too-familiar-scenery. In the past we were accustomed to having friends in Springfield IL. This is our first time to drive this route in a decade with no friends to visit along the way.
Our overnight will be the Dam West campground — a Corps of Engineers site we’ve not visited before. In fact, we’ll be stopping off at 4 such never-before-visited Corps campgrounds. I’m looking forward to all of them. We haven’t explored any new Corps campgrounds since last Spring, but we’ve yet to find one that we haven’t liked.
It’ll be two nights at all of our stops except for one stop that we don’t have reservations for — near Hot Springs — and that campground is walk-in’s only this time of year.
The campground here is typical CORPS quality. In this case all the sites are paved. There is electric but not water or sewer at the sites. They are nicely spaced and there’s a fair amount of tree cover — Maples and Oaks. It seems we always end up in Illinois during autumn underneath large oaks. Ding. Clunk. Clatter. Those little acorns make a racket on an RV rooftop! 🙂
Clearly some of our campers here are ready for Halloween!
We had left the hubbub of Milwaukee on a sunny morning, but we arrived in Carlyle in the rain. It hadn’t run into us long before arriving but once here we listened to the combined pitter patter of acorns and raindrops on the roof all through the night. It’s supposed to dry out a little tomorrow. I’m hoping. We still seem to be rain magnets.
Thanks for stopping, and I’ll be here again tomorrow. Why not check in and see what’s happening.