|In the early morning rain . . . I'll continue loading up the rig.|
My last trip to Indian Lake Campground was cut short because of severe thunderstorms. I came home after a particularly wild night of intense wind, lightning, and pounding rain. Thankfully, the possible hail didn't manifest. The current forecast for the next ten days indicates a chance of thunderstorms for nine out of the next ten days. Perhaps because Elsa is to the south, my trip to the north forecasts fewer rainy days, six out of ten. Let's hope! At any rate, here are some photos of my basecamp campgrounds for the next two weeks. From there, I'll bicycle (bringing my rain gear) and drive to explore the area and other campgrounds--weather permitting. And if the weather's too extreme, I'm bringing books, laptop, and a thumb drive full of movies. With the Basecamp's extra space and big front window, I shouldn't have to worry too much about cabin fever.
Now let's get down to my itinerary. I'll be spending quite a bit of time along the Mississippi River, mostly on the Iowa side but with a few days on the east bank in Illinois: Pikes Peak State Park, Bellevue State Park, Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Shady Creek Recreation Area, and Geode State Park. I'll establish my basecamps in these campgrounds and then explore. All my stops will be for three or four nights except the last, which will be for two nights.
|Pikes Peak State Park, photo Lisa Rogowski|
|Bellevue State Park, Dyas Unit, photo Jeanie Stephens|
|Illiniwek Forest Preserve, photo Colin Ramsay|
|Shady Creek Recreation Area, photo Nicolas Eventide|
|Geode State Park, photo Erin Aguilera|