Jim,Sue,&Billy too RV Travels 2019 travel blog

Not one of our favorites

 

Big lake, swimming prohibited due to power plant emmissions

Not the site that we reserved on-line

We had our choice

Us, the camp host, and a volunteer worker, that's it.

Pretty lake.

People fishing but we wouldn't want to eat them.

Another view of the lake

Billy always enjoys the grass

Another area around the lake

This was all there was here. The lake

More fishermen

 

Billy doesn't like walking on floating piers

Not Sue

Jim's leg, a sample of how much we were bit up by...

Nothing like a BLT with a little wine

Wonder where we got the wine.

Outside restroom (tornado shelter)

Tornado reported miles away from here


Moving on to Illinois, we stopped at Sangchris State Park. The park seemed nice. We selected a campsite on-line in advance but discovered when we arrived that it was too small to fit our motorhome. We didn't have a problem selecting an alternate site because there was no one else in this section of the park. There was a camp host in one site and a single guy who does maintenance for the park in exchange for a free campsite. This section of the park has electric hook ups and a small restroom. The showers in a larger building were at another section of the park about a mile away. Important to know as we will explain below.

The lake is huge with three long arms. There is a power plant at the end of the middle arm that occasionally releases super hot water that will heat up the entire lake to around 90 degrees. Nasty bacteria grows in this super heated water that is too dangerous for humans particularly if they have any open wounds (incl. mosquito bites). So swimming off shore anywhere or off watercraft is strictly prohibited.

Weird is the fact that fishing is popular and encouraged, but we wouldn't want to eat fish full of nasty bacteria. Talking to a fisherman, apparently the fish have acclimated to the variable cold to warm water and survive and spawn.

There was no cell phone signal so we had no internet signal either along with no TV satellite signal due to the trees (our satellite dish is mounted on the roof so we cannot move it around to avoid the trees when we are parked). The only contact we had with the outside world was by the radio.

One evening we were listening to the radio when we heard that there were tonado watches and warnings for the county that we were in. We then turned on our dash radio's weather band and found out that the warnings were real, specifically mentioning the campground that we were in. The weather was deteriorating rapidly with heavy rain, but no hail yet. Not wanting to stay in the RV and under large trees, we decided to head to the restrooms. First time we had to quickly pack a necessity bag not knowing if there would be an RV left when we returned. We didn't want to stand or sit in the tiny toilet only room in our park section so we drove, in the heavy downpour, to the other section of the park that had the larger shower rooms. As we were driving we heard the tornado sirens blaring. (First time either of us had ever actually heard a real tornado siren).

Upon arrival at the restroom/shower building, we joined other campers that that were staying that park section. Some went into the ladies room and some into the men's room. The building was constructed of cement blocks so we all felt relatively safe. Of course most of us campers have pets, they were all with us as well.

One of the campground hosts came by and told us that an actual tornado was reported down the road from us about 4 miles away, which was later confirmed by the news reports about the storm. Nothing got any worse where we were, but for the heavy rain. It soon let up and everyone returned to their respective RV's or tents.

We were very happy when we did move on to another location.

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