We are currently parked back at Four Season’s Campground in Herrin, Il. While there is not much around us, it is close to the location of the Fleetwood Rally last week and we wanted to be parked somewhere during the heavy travel time of July 4th. So here we sit until next week when we will head somewhere to the north, probably to Springfield to visit Abraham Lincoln’s home, although I doubt if he’ll be home.
One of the things that is in this area is a nice nature area called Cashe River State Natural Area. The area is a wetland area that contains some massive cypress trees, making it feel like the deep South, rather than southern Illinois. Yesterday we road the bike trail a bit and saw the state champion bald cypress tree. Today we hiked a path along what is called Heron Pond and saw the state champion cherrybark oak tree. State champion trees? Yes, who knew? Apparently there are also national champions somewhere, also. We can’t have a national champion in major college football but we do have national champions in trees!
After our hike, we decided a treat had been earned so we stopped in Carbondale at the campus of Southern Illinois University and had a Starbucks while watching the exiting ending of the World Cup match between Ghana and Uruguay.