Monday, October 15, 2012


Dam West Rec Area
Carlyle Lake, IL
We had an uneventful departure
from Platte City, MO.

We have been driving 5 hours
between campgrounds,
which won't be our normal
(I hope!)

George and I have settled
into a great routine of hooking up,
and hitting the road no later than
10 am.

Today we traveled a little over 5 hours,
went across the whole state of Missouri,
and ended up in the bottom third
of Illinois.

We crossed the Missouri river
several times..

We saw the Royals stadium..

We also saw the arch, but
the traffic was too bad,
and I couldn't get a good
shot out the window :-)

where we are now..
is heaven..

Our first stay at a COE park..

We'll be here for a few days..
but I want to stay here forever :-)


  1. Wow that view is beautiful, I could stay somewhere like that forever too!

  2. I said it before and I'll say it again, WOW!


  3. Yep, that's why we loved our first COE park. They will be high on our list from now on.

  4. Now THAT'S an awesome spot. I couldn't help but notice the hardwood you're burning. Somebody make a little miscalculation installing a baluster? Looks like there's some handrail in there too. Good stuff to burn though.

  5. The COE parks usually have nice size sites and are cheap with the "Golden Age" passes or similar passes. Do ya'l have the pass. Do you have a generator, I can't remember if you do or not.

  6. Wait till see you more! You'll want to stay forever in a LOT of places, lol! :-)

  7. COE's in IL are wonderful. We will be staying at Rend Lake near Benton IL for the next two weeks. We are meeting up with friends that we met at Gulf Shores AL last winter, and friends we haven't met yet. Feel free to come on over. We are arriving today at South Marcum camping area. The gang doesn't arrive until after the weekend, but we like to spend time there so we are going early.

  8. Wow. What a beautiful view. :) That's sure a nice front yard to wake up to.

  9. You are seeing the great thing about COE parks. . .normally the views are wonderful. . .the not so great, in our opinion, no sewer hookups. . . .waaaaa. . .but we love them for a two or three day stay. . .as a matter of fact, we're staying in one in East Texas in a couple of weeks. . .


  10. Hi george & laurie. Happy travels. By the way. How are yoyr neighbirs next door at dam west!! Haha

  11. Come on to Tennessee...there are a bunch of people that will tell you that Defeated Creek COE is one of the most beautiful parks to stay in!

  12. Looks like a great place. We were just north east of there at Effingham. Happy travels.