Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Monday, October 31, 2016

IA & IL Visiting Friends and Family

October 13-29 , 2016

On Thursday Mark and Nancy arrived at Volga River State Recreation area. Since October of 2013 we have been meeting up with them in the northern midwest. This year we had chosen a place in MN but it was an eight hour ride for them so we decide to meet a little closer to their home in IL. Volga River SRA was about 3 hours for them. They arrived around noon and set up in the site next to us. The next four days were filled with catching up, good food and lots of laughter, the guys did a bit of fishing and there were always walks to take since Mark and Nancy brought their dog Gracie. The evenings were almost always spent around a campfire.

On Tuesday we all headed to Thomson Causeway COE park which is less than 10 miles from their house. Mark and Nancy were kind enough to play tour guides one day, then poor Mark had to work a few days.


Their home town of Fulton IL is home to a large Dutch population hence the windmill, the major tourist attraction in town.

Across the Mississippi River is Clinton Iowa, we took a ride through their beautiful city park. Eagle Point City Park is home to this castle like structure which when you climb to the top you have an expansive view of the river.

While at Thomson Causeway we were visited by other friends. Alex and Paul belong to our Grand Design Owners group and were on their way back to AZ and decided to stop in for an overnight visit. Thanks guys for stopping by, it was great to see you.

Our last evening with Mark and Nancy was spent at the Alder Theatre in Davenport Iowa attending a Moody Blues concert. Many years ago (1986) I had attended a Moody Blues concert with Mark and Nancy, when Mark found out they were playing in the area there was no question we would be going. What a great night with even better music, they played almost all of their hits and even a few obscure songs.

On Sunday 10/23 we said goodbye to Mark and Nancy and headed four hours south to Bo Woods COE on Lake Shelbyville. We use this campground as our base while visiting my folks who live about 25 miles away. We had reserved site 113 one of our favorite full hookup sites.

We were fortunate to visit as the fall colors were really popping. 

Our week was spent visiting with my folks, taking some drives around the area and seeing more of my extended family. 
While in the area we stopped at the Lake Shelbyville Dam Visitors Center where we inquired about possible volunteer positions for next summer. One evening one of the rangers stopped by and interviewed us. Sounds promising.

We had a great few weeks visiting friends and family in Iowa and Illinois, now we're on our migration south to TX where we'll spend the winter.

Until next time...

1 comment:

  1. How nice to be able to see your friends and then have such a nice campsite so near your parents.


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