Tennessee-Nauvoo Trek travel blog

This is our site at Fox Ridge State Park. Very nice sites,...

Suzi boarding the Amish buggy at Rockome

A view of one of the gardens at Rockome...thousands of beautiful flowers...


Day 22-Nashville, Tennessee to Fox Ridge, Illinois

Today we left the Nashville area and headed up into eastern Illinois. The destination was Fox Ridge State Park just south of Charleston, Illinois, in eastern Illinois. We pretty much drove straight through except for a stop at a rest stop in Illinois where we fixed a quick lunch. We checked in to Fox Ridge just a few minutes before five o’clock p.m.

This is really a pretty park. The sites are deep and wide with ample space between sites. The whole area is heavily wooded with lots of trees and shrubs between sites. Our site backs up on the park playground area and it surrounds most of three sides. There was plenty of room to roll the dolly in behind the coach and re-attach it and still have room to park the Vibe lengthwise in front of the coach. The hook-ups are not ideal since there is only electricity. Water is from our on-board tank and either has to be filled from a hydrant about 75’ away or from a potable water connection at the RV dump site near the campground entrance.

There is no sewer at the camp site but there is a dump site on the way out of the campground.

But, we knew that was the case when we made the reservation; unlike the switch they pulled on us at Hart Ranch.

I didn’t think about checking on fresh water when we came in and didn’t fill our tank at the connection at the dump site. So, I did the next best thing and filled the tank from the hydrant 75’ away with a 7-gallon container that I had brought along for that purpose.

We walked around the campground a little. The campground is part of a state park. There are hiking trails, a small lake where there is fishing and a number of other areas that we haven’t seen yet. This is much more like the kind of camping we like to do…even with less than perfect hook-up situation.

We got some wood at the camp host’s site and built a little campfire to roast some wieners. Somehow, hot dogs gain a lot of flavor when cooked over a campfire.

We watched a movie, “The Client”, before going to bed.

Tomorrow we will go to see Suzi’s sister, Sharen. We hope to get her to go on a ride through some of the Amish country around here.



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