I left Wichita, Kansas and made my way to the Chicago area. There are no places to stay in the city so the closest I could get was the Illinois Beach State Park which is in the city of Zion, IL. I wanted an area where I could take a train or bus into the city. This fit the bill.
There was a trailer park in Joliet,IL but I liked the idea of trying the state park. They are supposed to be cheaper, but this one was still $25 a night. That was just $3 less that the Joliet trailer park. It includes electricity but not water, although they have places trailers can fill their water tanks and a dump for waste. There are two bathhouses but one was under construction and the other one was going to be under construction after I left.
Volunteers man the booth at the front. You pull in, pick your spot and then go pay.
My parking spot – #288
I was pretty proud – I did it in less than 5 minutes. I got hooked up, it was nice to have electricity. I use a little space heater and with the temperatures dropping to 40 degrees the first night that was vital!
Each spot has a fire pit, a park table and it looks like a baby christmas.
The little trees were really at each spot.
Seriously, they had a baby evergreen at almost every spot.
Must be fun, except I don’t know who is braving the winter to camp here.
I picked a spot a little closer to the front and a little bit of a walk from the bathhouse.
It was cold enough that most people stayed close to their fires or inside their trailers.
Being October, I got there on Saturday, the park wasn’t very full but there were still quite a few people there.
I didn’t do it on purpose, but it was neat to see all the changing leaves.
Not something we experience much of in Houston, TX.
After parking I made a run into town and got to shop at the Piggly-Wiggly grocery store. I love that name for a food store.
Tanks to the electric and the cold temperatures my refrigerator is all set to go. Typically it can take a day to cool down enough to use, but not here.
I went back and made some chicken and veggies for super. It took a while but pretty soon it was nice and toasty inside.