Since we’ve been staying in America’s heartland, we’ve had some interesting encounters. We arrived at a campground outside Amboy, Illinois, and was surprised by the ramshackle appearance with debris scattered about and a random jonboat sitting in the middle of a grassy area. We approached the desk at the entrance and were informed our reservations were canceled. A levy had broken a few miles up river and the park was buried under water just three days earlier and facilities hadn’t been completely restored. I’m not going to lie, I had a moment of panic. We were in the middle of farmland with nothing but tiny communities nearby. If our reservations were no good, where were we going to stay? Thankfully, the manager told us there was a small area of high ground where power was restored and we could camp there for the duration of our stay.
We got settled into our spot and explored the lay of the land via the golf cart. It was sad to see some campers still under water near the river’s edge. Fallen trees and other debris covered common areas. We came across a spillover (below) and the force of the water was massive.
The flooding continued to recede and the campground had several employees working to clear the grounds and get everything restored for the arrival of the summer campers. Evidence of the flood quickly started to dissipate. Below, the lagoon was back to normal with a fallen tree a stark reminder of the disaster less than a week before.
In the same campground a couple of weeks later, this little guy was taking a daytime walk without his mama. He seemed a bit confused, but kept walking despite silly humans (like me) taking pictures.
We have since moved from Illinois to Wisconsin. I’ve been enjoying some river adventures (upcoming blogs) and time with friends. There was a strange sight at a kayak launch with an Amish horse and buggy. The driver found a shady spot for his ride while doing some fishing.
…and his “horsepower” smiled for the camera.
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