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Camp Site Upgrades

Over the week, Barry and I made some major upgrades to the site.

We built one tank of an 8 foot picnic table. it is built out of 2×6 green treat boards; it must weigh 350 pounds. We needed to use the skidster to move it!

Then we built a retaining wall because the hill is so slopped. We also wanted a nice place to sit; it is the perfect height.

Finally, we built a fire ring below the wall, and finished the area with some edging and stone.

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Heading West to Illinois

After the caravan ended, Pam and I started to head back west to Illinois where we will spend about a week before heading to Milwaukee for an Airstream rally.

On our first day of travel, we drove through West Virginia and made it to Gallia County Jr. Fair Campground (293 Miles). This is a typical fair ground camping in a large grass field (with hookups) for $30. A big storm rolled in, so we were grateful there were no trees.

On our second day of travel, drove to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette, Indiana (322 miles). This is a very new campground, and the sites were great for with full hookups in site 164. A bit expensive for a state park $30 + $9.60 in taxes + $10 for a 1-time entrance fee = $50.60 for 1 night.

On our third day, we stopped by Airstream of Chicago to look at a trailer they have. While there, we met the GM of travel trailer for Airstream – Bryan Melton. How cool is that.

We stayed at Sycamore RV Resort in Sycamore, IL for a few nights. This was a good find. It is run by Dale and Anita. It has 2 manmade lakes from an old gravel pit. The sites are nice and the walks around the lakes are great.

Finally, we made it to Lowden Memorial State Park in Oregon, IL. We are here for 4 nights and will meet up with Carolyn and Jeff (Pam’s Sister and Brother in-law). This park is cut into the woods and our site (64) is huge. Oregon is a cute down, where Pam bought soap at Oregon Soap Shoppe and we had lunch at Ogle County Brewery and stopped by the Oregon Dam Park.

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Dana Thomas House

Along with Nancy Theis, we visited the Dana Thomas House in Springfield, IL. The home is largely how it was early in the century. A very nice tour that is free of charge. Unfortunately, they did not allow any photos.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

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