The Pere Marquette campground was really nice, with big sites and plenty of large shade trees.
We arrived around dinner time, in time for me to fix steaks and then have a great sit out by the fire with the stars overhead.
The morning dawned beautifully.
Wild flowers out everywhere late in the summer
one of the overlooks along the trail
Some great geology along the trails
The trails closer to the lodge were much wider!
Panorama of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers converging here in Grafton
We left the trail and got cleaned up and then drove across the Brussels Ferry to meet Lisa and Steve for the afternoon.
We went to lunch at Point Pleasant, Golden Eagle, IL.
A great view off their back deck of the surrounding country side
Back across the Brussels ferry in the early evening. Looking northeast
Once back in our RV site we started the fire and enjoyed sitting still for awhile!
During the night one of the RV groups got a little rowdy, from too much drink, and has still yelling obscenities until 2:30 am. Surprisingly it must have been harmless as neither the campground hosts or park rangers showed up. Honestly I didn't even get out of bed to look!
The next morning we had plans to meet more of Vicky's work friends and family for brunch at the lodge and then take a river cruise before we had to check out of the RV park.
This weekend had two festivals going on at the same time. The Apple Festival (1st photo below) with arts and crafts from local produce and cottage companies and a Fur Trader rendezvous reenactment going on down by the river (2nd photo below)
The lodge is another example of the fantastic building skill of the Civilian Conservation Corp, (CCC) which can be seen all over the US from the late 1920's through the 1930.
The Lodge is known for its fried chicken- which was consumed in quantity today (except for Vicky who never misses a chance for good catfish)
The Group of river travelers
(L-R: Tom, Deb & Jack, Mark & Pam, Vicky, Steve & Lisa)
I was there
Panorama of the Illinois meeting the Mississippi just south of Grafton, IL.
Back home, putting the Illinois sticker on the RV- a very successful weekend.