Travel Log 5/16/2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

We left our campsite at Mark Twain State Park, Missouri, and drove 137 miles to a small town called Cahokia, which is in Illinois just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis. We stayed at the Cahokia RV Parque and had lunch at an onsite barbeque restaurant called The Sawmill. Then we drove back across the river to spend some time browsing at what claims to be the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle store – The Puzzle Warehouse. We’ve been wanting to go to this store for a number of years, having subscribed for a few years to the “Puzzle of the Month” club. The store is a fun and amazing place if you like jigsaw puzzles.

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The Puzzle Warehouse has a TON of jigsaw puzzles!
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Puzzles are catalogued in their computer system and filed away on indexed shelving
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The biggest puzzle I saw had 42,000 pieces. The one shown here had a mere 24,000 pieces.

Friday, May 11, 2018

We drove 151 miles to Harmonie State Park in Indiana, just across the Wabash river from Illinois. This park has about 200 campsites and nearly all of them were full for the weekend.

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Sitting by the fire (about to use it to cook dinner)!
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All 200 sites here had electric hookups
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They also had large family cabins available to be rented

Saturday, May 12, 2018

This was a day to just relax a bit. We went over and walked along the bank of the Wabash River and drove around through the state park. We also visited the nearby quaint little town of New Harmony. This was a small community from the early 1800’s which was settled by two different groups of German and Welsh immigrants seeking relief from religious persecution and a utopian way of life. The community has been reinvigorated recently with an influx of artisans and small business ventures.

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Sitting on a bench by the river near a plaque commemorating 100 years of Indiana State Parks
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The Wabash River

 

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There were a number of trees that had fallen into the river from the caving bank

 

 

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The quaint town of New Harmony had some cool historic homes

 

 

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This is a labyrinth at one end of town

 

 

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The building at the center of the labyrinth was locked, but I shot a picture through the back window.

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

We drove about 40 miles to Evansville, Indiana to attend Oak Hill Baptist Church with some friends of ours. The pastor preached on Matthew 19:13-30 as part of his “The King and the Kingdom” series. Our friends invited us to their house for lunch afterwards. We then returned to a nearly deserted campground with the weekender’s having left for home. Scooter and I went on a 2-mile hike through the Indiana forest and along the campground road.

 

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Worship service at Oak Hills Baptist Church

 

 

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Scooter and I enjoyed our hike through the forest

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

We drove 188 miles to our primary destination on this first leg of our journey… Elizabethtown, Kentucky. We had arranged to meet my brother and sister-in-law there to transfer some personal items we were bringing to them from our house in Colorado. We reserved a spot for a week at the Glendale Campground, a lovely independently-owned and run RV park.

 

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I thought Glendale Campground near Elizabethtown was very nicely laid out.

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We were able to have a mobile notary person come to our campsite for us to sign the papers closing the sale of our house in Denver. The closing will be completed later this week. We also needed to catch up on some errands, shopping, and laundry today. We did take time to drive around the area a bit to explore and explored the campground a bit as well.

 

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The fishing pond at Glendale CG

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

We visited some more with my brother today and also went to see Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville, KY.

 

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The memorial building at the Lincoln birthplace site in Hodgenville, KY

 

 

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While it’s not the actual Lincoln birth cabin, it’s still authentic in age and representative of what it may have been like

 

 

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The Lincoln family Bible

 

 

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Steps descending to the Sinking Spring, which gave the farm its name

 

 

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The spring is in the pit at the bottom of the picture

 

One thought on “Travel Log 5/16/2018

  1. Awesome! I love reading the details of your trip ! I’m so happy you were able to close on the sale of your house and make it to your first destination this week ! Be careful of severe weather in the Northeast and please tell Darlene belated happy Mother’s Day ❤️

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