Fall is a great time to go camping…if the weather behaves OR if you have a travel trailer!!!
So. Where did we go for my birthday campout?
Illinois Beach State Park! Practically in my own backyard but it did take about an hour to get there. You know what they say about visiting the places near to you, we hardly do it right? Even though we might live right near some of the most amazing places we just take them for granted! After awhile we forget that they’re even there because we see them so often!
This is a place that I’ve know about but I’ve never visited! I’ve seen the pictures on-line and I will say NEVER enticed me to visit. I think it was mostly the sight of a Nuclear plant that kept popping into the brochure and on-line photos.
What’s up with putting State Parks near Nuclear Plants? Maybe there’s a plan there with land grants or something…would make sense.
So anyhoo…this is the 2nd State Park we’ve visited and by no means a coincidence, the 2nd Nuclear Plant we’ve visit on our Travel Trailer Adventures! (There was a Nuclear Plant down in Dewitt, Illinois on that last trip!)
Coming into the park is fairly typical Illinois topography…
We did not make any reservations before coming to the park. We figured there’s bound to be an open spot, being October and all. We checked in at the office and sure enough, there’s plenty of space available. We were instructed to choose a site and then come back and pay.
Entering the campground we drove first through the sites nearest the lake and then settled on a site on the middle road, site #265…
The site was level and was fairly large, plus we only had 1 neighbor just across the street…so a bit more private.
The dogs discovered very quickly ACORNS! Oh were these just little snacks they couldn’t get enough of! What is with these dogs? I think they look at the squirrels and think if THEY eat them then it must be something good!
prairie and sand scrub grasses. Watch out for the sand burrs! Holly stepped in a patch and got a burr stuck in her paw between pads. It was a real ordeal to get it out.
The buildings are sadly abandoned so I see some irony in the threats not to bring your dog on to the beach. But further up the road, outside of the park, north of the marina is an unmarked patch of beach JUST FOR DOGS!!!!
Here’s the entrance…
…and finally a place a pup can romp in the sand and splash in the waves!
Jamba has to be attached to us and isn’t allowed at dog parks. We were the only ones there for the first 20 minutes. Being October there were not that many visitors…
It was a great trip and unfortunately just when we are getting the hang of this trailer camping it is now time for us to get the trailer ready to be stored for winter. We’ll just have to settle for dreaming and planning for our next trips come Spring!