Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Westward Trail- August 30,2010

Tuesday morning (8/28/12) we left home at 9:15 am.  We went north to Hagerstown, Md. and then continued into Pennsylvania where we picked up the Pennsylvania turnpike in Breezewood.  Continuing west we crossed into Ohio on that states turnpike.  As we were passing through the mountains in Pennsylvania we noticed that trees were beginning to show some changes in their colors.  Fall will soon be here.  Nearly 300 miles, we stopped at Newton Falls, Ohio, about 30 miles into Ohio for the night.  Ridge Ranch Campground has been a stop for us on previous trips.  It is a Passport America park so our half price cost for the night was $15.00 for full hook-ups.  The weather was very pleasant and we didn’t even need to run the air conditioners.

Wednesday morning we got underway about 8:40am knowing that this days trip would be a little less than 200 miles.  Twenty –five miles from the Ohio/Indiana border we exited and went to Harrison Lake State Park where we stayed for the night.  Harrison Lake was another Passport America Park and we only paid $12.00 for this night (50 amp electric , no water or sewer hook-ups).   Tom’s sister and family lives in this area so we make a family visit when in this area.  We arrived there a little past 12  noon, had lunch and the rested for a while before visiting.  We spent several hours in the late afternoon and evening visiting and enjoying a pizza supper with the family.  The weather again on this day was just beautiful and was cool enough that air conditioning was not needed.

Today, Thursday, we were on the road by 8:30am traveling west across Indiana on the turnpike  into Illinois.  We continued across Illinois on I-80, 345 total miles. Tonight we are in a Corps of Engineer campground, Fisherman’s Corner, on the east bank of the Mississippi and at a cost of $8.00,  half price with our National Park Senior Pass ( again 50 amp only hook-up).  We were in the campground by 2pm.  After resting a little while, we drove around the area finding a Walmart, of course, to pick up a few items and then to a little Mexican restaurant for dinner.  We stopped at the Corps of Engineer dam near the campground and walked out on the dam.

The water by the campground has lots of water lilies and other aquatic vegetation growing.

The weather today has become much warmer with temps going into the 90’s, air conditioning is being run in the motorhome.