Wildlife Prairie State Park
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Now that I have no where to be there is no reason to make 500 miles a day. We decided to pull off about half way to Iowa. Having driven in rain for an hour it looks like it is coming back. We have stayed in this park some 20 years ago, but it looks like there are many improvements. As we pull into our site it starts to rain. It is always fun setting up in the rain. As the day turns to night the rain gets heavy and I am thankful we ...
... s ABSOLUTE favorite- chocolate marshmallow ripple! We ate too much but not all of it, (really, not all of it). A quick trip into the visitor center and off we go! Well with a few more stops... a big sailboat marina, one of the Mississippi River locks, a fantastic Buena Vista photo opportunity, the Nelson Creamery where we bought some cheese curds, (they squeak on our teeth) and dinner in Trempealeau. Not a lot according to a map, but a lot for trip ...
... on the walking trails
but lots of wildlife and birds and a chance to have a campfire again.
During the night the NWS was sending alerts to my phone warning of flash flooding and the Illinois and Sangammon rivers over flowing. It was a violent storm and I will have to cross the Sangammon tomorrow morning and hope to camp near the Illinois River tomorrow.
Today begins my journey back to China! Hopefully those of you that followed my blog last summer in Beijing will find this journey just as interesting. I'm participating in a program sponsored by the US Department of State called the Critical Language Scholarship. This program pays for US students to travel to foreign countries to study 13 languages that have been deemed "critical" -- one of which is Mandarin. More info at ...
For my film cultural opportunity I decided to watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This was a movie about the reporter/journalist Raoul Duke. I had never heard of this journalist before watching the movie. The impression I got was this man is crazy. In my opinion, the movie wasn't that great, but it did have its high points. The reason that I chose to watch this particular movie from ...