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August 22, 2020

Coon Fork Lake, WI to Chain O Lakes, IL


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Intense storms throughout the night. I remember one bolt lit up the camper like it was daytime. The dogs made it all night without a peep. Their morning poops were a little irregular; Sera had a tiny one, but we only fed her a little rice in the evening. Bodie had 2 poops, and they were gray. Somewhat different, but not terrifying.

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Our campsite was right on Coon Fork Lake so we took the Pygmy off the trailer and both Eric and I took turns touring around the lake. As it was still raining, the lake was quiet and still. There is something deeply peaceful and relaxing about being out on the water with only birds as company. I got to see a Bald Eagle and a Heron? (Big and sort of blue) The price for such an enjoyable interlude was about a pint of blood sucked out by the murderous mosquitoes when we had to load the kayaks. After that sacrifice, we just threw everything wet in the van and took off. We had to detour a few times as US12 east had some serious problems. On one of the detours, I checked the tandem and something seemed WRONG. Turns out, one of our J brackets broke. We tried to get back on US12 before the end of the detour, but no luck so we ended up in Neillsville and picked up some ratchet straps to fix the tandem situation. There we sat in the parking lot of Advanced Auto with kayak trailer parts all over. We were finally to get onto 94 and our next stop is Chain O Lakes in Illinois. The dogs are pretty quiet as they received light breakfasts with rice. The rest of the afternoon was spent on interstates until we got close to Illinois.
Pulled into Chain O Lakes and found Honeysuckle loop to be sites stacked up on each other to take advantage of the view of Turner Lake. We actually parked the Sprinter sideways and gave ourselves complete privacy and a nice view of the lake. We walked around and determined that the non water sites were much bigger and more private, but the view was quite soothing from our site. Always find the best qualities of the site you chose or you will go nuts. Both of us tired so we are struggling to stay awake and watch a movie inside as the bugs rule the night and my ankles are wall to wall bug bites from our stolen kayak moments this morning.

Posted by LifeWithMurphy 07:12 Archived in USA

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