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Jun 8, 2016 - A Day at Starved Rock State Park

Jerry and I had a nice day at Starved Rock State Park which is not that far from metro Chicago. It was only a three hour drive for us from Springfield. We both grew up in the Chicago area and Jerry had been to the state park twice and I had gone once. The state park gets its name from a legend from the 1760s about a conflict between Indian tribes in which one group sought safety atop a 125 foot sandstone butte. They were surrounded by their enemies and eventually died of starvation. We arrived at the state park before noon. After setting...

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May 22, 2011 - Illinois.... A LONG State

After seeing all the destruction caused from the Ohio River flooding, we were curious to see what the Mississippi was up to so we drove to where it meets with the Ohio… It was less then 30 miles and a nice drive thru the back roads of Kentucky. We had been watching TV and heard that they had opened the dam in Cairo, IL to divert some of the flooding so that is where we headed.. What we found was that Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri all meet right at this point. We crossed the Ohio into Cairo but could not go across the Mississippi into...

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Bill and Helen/ 2011

Aug 15, 2010 - Penitential Stairways to Heaven

8/15 Penitential Stairways to Heaven Today is a day that will live in infamy. The Navigator and I drove over to Starved Rock State Park and went into the visitor center for much needed info on how to push Bill to his hiking limits. The ranger there gave Anita limitless ideas. We first drove over to St. Louis Canyon to see a waterfall and where many Indians were killed. The hike to the canyon I might add is two pronged: one trail to the upper canyon and one trail that leads into the canyon. We didn’t know this at the time we started the hike...

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Blazin' Saddlebags

May 13, 2007 - Day Trip:Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

After a relaxing morning we visit Starved Rock State Park. History: Two Indian tribes were fighting. One tribe starved the other who took refuge on the rock. We hike to the top of the rock and start to hike to the "canyons" but there is so little water we don't go far. If there is no water there are no waterfalls. We take a boat ride on the Illinois River and see lots of Asian Carp jumping. This is not good! We end our day at Duffy's Tavern. Duffy's is obviously Tom's pick!

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May 12, 2007 - Saturday, May 12

This was a traveling day. Barb was actully up and ready by 7:30. We tried to leave early but when we went to dump, our hose was stuck. When we finally got it out, the hose was ripped apart. We think when the mudflap was installed, as they reattached the bumper, a screw or something went through and caught the hose. So we had to wait until the store opened to buy a new, heavy duty hose. As we left Stoney Ridge Ohio,we took a wrong turn and had to travel about 10 miles back east before we found an exit.We're learning more about the IWAY, but...

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Apr 29, 2007 - Eureka to Peru

Sunday we loaded up the car again and headed north to visit Ron and Nancy on our way home. I made a panorama of the view from Dee's front yard so she will be able to remember what it looked like when all she can see are houses. On our way out of Eureka we stopped at the Eureka cemetery to see (Joyce's) Uncle Harold's grave. We drove all through the cemetery only to find it was the first site we had passed as we entered the cemetery. We went east on 24 to I-39 and then north to Peru. Since Joyce was driving I amused myself by taking some...

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A Short Visit "Home"

Aug 25, 2006 - Road to Utica, IL

This entry is made to keep the flow of where I stopped going. It took over 7 hours to drive here from Kewaunee, WI on major highways - 42 in WI and 39 in IL. Getting on to 39 was a challenge because the sign said ALT 39 and I wanted the real thing. I had to turn around and use that to get out of Beloit. In Illinois, I had to pay a toll to get past Rockford on 90/39. As soon as I got past that, I drove in a lightning and thunder storm through road construction where the road narrows. I am proud of myself for getting through that without...

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Aug 21, 2006 - Bellevue, Iowa to Utica, Illinois - Starved River State Park

Reluctantly left Bellevue and headed east into Illinois. A comment about the roads; if you ever take this trip, don't hesitate to take the U.S. numbered routes. Most of them are in good condition (occasional construction naturally) but at least in the western states and even here in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois, they are relatively traffic-free with speed limits at least 55-65 mph.. Even Route 30 in Illinois was a good highway. Quite a contrast from the Rt. 30 at home. Drove only about 120 miles today and we decided to explore Starved River...

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Aug 3, 2006 - Utica, Illinois A quick Weekend trip

After attending a swearing in and a promotional ceromony at the fire house, that was because I retired we were able to meet the new man hired and long time friend Jim Karasek get promoted to Lieutenant. We then took off for a extended weekend to the LaSalle-Peru KOA with the Sunshine Sams. Valerie went with us to get away for awhile and we all had a great weekend with it ending in a rain shower just as we were getting the last packed up for our return. I tell you this retirement stuff is very busy, I don't have that day at work to unwind...

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Jun 29, 2006 - The Corn Wolves will get you if you don't watch out!

For an overnight, we pulled into the Camp Awhile RV camp outside of Lincoln, IL. Nothing pretentious, surrounded by cornfields, but a welcome stop. We had a tree next to the trailer with long curved branches which resembled a mammoth's tusks. Madison kept wanting to explore the cornfields, but Jeff told her of the dread "corn wolves" that eat cocker spaniels. And we kept her on the leash.

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Two Hams in a Can

May 24, 2006 - Utica, IL

This is just a one night stop in Utica, IL. This is a nice park, although it is not far from the freeway and there is a lot of road noise. But, it is only 45 minutes from Chicago. If we ever get back here, we'll probably stay again. Had quite a storm here as well. Back in the mid-west. Plenty of thunderstorms!! Kallie just loves it (HA!HA!) Doggie tranqs are a great invention!

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Apr 21, 2006 - Utica, Illinois A quick Weekend trip

Took a quick weekend trip to Utica with our friends in the Cross Roads Camping Club. Great weather and had time to look at the town a couple years after a tornado had come through. Was able to get some pictures of Hazel feeding a stray deer that was walking through the camoground. Back home again for more of that work thing.

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