April 20-May 28, 2020
Our travels north to IL went off without a hitch. We did the unusual and drove straight thru Houston instead of taking any bypass. Unusual times call for unusual things, doubt we’ll ever do that again. Our first night found us staying just west of Shreveport at the Shreveport\Bossier City KOA, 480 miles of mostly US highways, and no time changes. We arrived early enough for Dave to get a dinner of crawdads, the reason for our overnight here.
The next day we had a reasonable ride of 215 miles before we knew it we were arriving at Lithia Springs COE at the Lake Shelbyville project. The campground was opened to those gate attendants and volunteers that are full time and awaiting the project's opening. We picked site 85 which we provide us shade if we were there into the warm days of summer.
The first night there we had a Mexican dinner from Mia Vera Cruz #2, we had many a great meal here last summer. Our take out dinner didn’t disappoint us.
For 2 weeks we spent time walking the park, picking up all the “Bud” cans along the park roads, and just enjoying some slow spring days. We’ve been stopping into my folks to drop off groceries and getting a few projects taken care of. Scenes around Lithia Springs Campground.
We’ve shared a few meals with Curt and Glenda as well as a few campfires, where of course Dave and Curt sampled a few beers, we were able to make run to a local brewery, Triptych which we visited last summer.
In the last few weeks, we’ve been able to do a bit of volunteering, getting supplies out to the campgrounds in anticipation of their opening, fuel runs for the campground mowers, and took care of a few gardens. We’ve made ourselves available to help in whatever capacity they need us. This last week things seem to have ramped up, signs of opening soon abound and our lake is starting to flood in a few places, the regular boat ramps have been switched to the high water boat ramps. The area we were in last year is underwater.