When we left northern Wisconsin we figured we were in for an early fall so we started migrating like the geese and headed south. Who would have known that while we had temperatures in the upper 30’s in Wisconsin then now here in Illinois we are experiencing highs in the low to mid 90’s… Yikes!!! I guess Fall isn’t here in the Midwest yet!
We have spent the last couple of days about 80 miles south-south west of where we were in Indiana. We pulled into Fox Ridge State Park near Charleston, Illinois on Sunday afternoon. What a nice wooded park Fox Ridge State Park is considering we are in the middle of the corn belt. Rolling hills covered with hardwood forest is something I wasn’t expecting. Even better is we are a very short distance from our next location where we plan to visit with our friends who winter in Florida.
Our site is huge but as with many parks here in the northern part of the Midwest they only have electricity but with the highs in the 90’s at least it is 50 amps!!! There is water nearby but we filled up at the last stop and the shower room is is very nice for a state park. Best of all no one is in this park as it is only us and the camp hosts giving us lots of peace and quiet!
This is a great park for hiking so we took off on the trails on Monday for a pretty good workout as we walked up and down the hills in this thickly wooded park. It looks as if they could use some rain as the trails are dry. When we came upon a sign warning that a bridge ahead was out we chose to go on since we figured the creek would be dry … and it was. Not a lot was stirring in the woods with the heat since it was the middle of the day but we did see a few squirrels and heard several pileated woodpeckers. We also were able to see one of the larger skinks (Broad Headed Skink, I think) scamper up a tree…
This was a great place for hiking and biking, and with Eastern Illinois University less than a 10 minute drive north of here we couldn’t believe this park wasn’t more crowded. We did take a drive up to visit the campus and even though it was hot we enjoyed our self guided tour of Eastern Illinois University… especially the main building that looked much like a castle.