Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fox Ridge State Park, Charleston, IL



Drove 150 miles today to Fox Ridge State Park, just south of Charleston, IL. Found cheap ($3.28/gallon) gas before we got out of Indianapolis.

The drive was going fine until Daniel (our GPS guy) took us off I-70 with about 30 miles to go to the park. We ended up on county roads that got more and more narrow, and finally about 7 miles from the campground the road turned to gravel, then dirt. As we approached a dry, rocky stream bed, we decided it was time to unhook the car and attempt to turn around. Fortunately there was a spot to turn just before we unhooked so Jim didn’t have to back up for miles on the road. It is nice to have a GPS to rely on, but sometimes I think we need to go back to maps.

The sites here at Fox Ridge are very private and wooded, with electric but no water at the sites, for $20 a night. After we got settled we went for a hike on a couple of the trails. Lots of trees, and lots of stairs, and this was our view from the Eagle’s Nest lookout.


Nothing but more trees.


But it was a good workout. This is our third day of no sun, and we are about at our limit for gray skies. Hope we drive into some sunshine tomorrow.


  1. Those stairs remind us of Starved Rock State Park, north of Chicago. We have had sunny, blue skies so far this week -- hopefully, the sun will come out (for you) tomorrow!!

  2. We had too many of those same GPS problems and gave up the GPS in favor of Google Maps, normal state highway maps and calling the place we are going for local directions.

    Know anyone who wants a nice expensive GPS for a bargain price???