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Location Update: Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Lena, IL

Thursday 8/30/2012

Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park

Lena, Il


“PART ONE”
We left Prairie Rose State Park, Harlan, IA, on Wednesday, 8/22.  After a quick stop at the dump station and another stop for fuel, we headed east on I-80 to Davenport, IA.  Last year about this time we stayed at Summit Campground
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which is located in a county park named West Lake Park.  It was recommended by our RV friends, Jim and Linda.  We liked it so much we decided to stop there again.  I was hoping to get the same site as last year and happily it was available, so we took it.  Here’s our site, #115.
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That’s our rig way down the road in the middle of the picture.  Note all the empty sites.
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The site has 30 amp electric and water for $18 per night.  They don’t take reservations, and it does get somewhat busier on the weekends.
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The RV dump station…
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and the restroom/shower house.
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The site next to us was available…
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as were many sites on this Wednesday night.
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West Lake Park has recycle bins for our recycling pleasure.
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We did take advantage of them too!

After getting setup, we headed into town to Steak and Shake, one of our favorites, but not always available where we are.  We both had the Frisco Melt.  Terri had fries and I “upgraded” to onion rings.
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Terri had a dark chocolate milkshake with chocolate chips and I had a chocolate milkshake.  In retrospect, I should have gotten a dark chocolate shake too.Sad smile  They were both tasty, but I liked the dark chocolate better.Rolling on the floor laughing
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After we finished our delicious dinner we went home and I watched the Bristol NASCAR truck race.

The next day, Thursday, 8/23, we pulled out and headed up to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park near Lena, IL.
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We parked in site #130 with 50 amp electric for $20 per night.  There’s no water available at the sites, so we took on water before moving in to our spot.
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Here’s a look down the street at all the empty sites. Open-mouthed smile
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The rest of the week will be recapped in “Part Two” which I hope to have completed soon………
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Tomorrow, Friday, 8/31, we’re going to be having lunch with some fellow RV-DREAMERS who are staying near us (about 1.5 hours south) this Labor Day weekend.
Now I wonder who that might be…
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday 8/21/2012

Prairie Rose State Park

Harlan, IA


We finally made it!  Back on the road again.  We packed up this morning and headed out of Hastings, NE.  But before we did much of anything this morning, we went back to Heartwell Park in Hastings and took our last morning walk there.  It’s a beautiful park, and I just wanted to go back one last time.
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Like Terri said in the last entry, we’ve really enjoyed our time in Hastings, but it’s time to get movin’.
Here’s the rig all ready to go.
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We pulled out just after noon.  Here’s our site right after I moved the rig out of there.
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It’s the site right in the middle of the picture with all the weeds.  By the way, the corn is in the background.  Here’s a closer look at the corn crop… thanks Catherine and Jo Beth for reminding me to give the final update.  Duh!!!  How could I forget the corn report?! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Like I said earlier, we left just after noon and arrived here at Prairie Rose State Park just before 4PM.
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The main attraction here is the 218-acre Prairie Rose Lake.  Unfortunately the lake has been drained for maintenance, and they hope to begin refilling in mid September.  Here are a few pictures of the “lake area.”
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This is a really nice park, and most of the sites have a “lake view.”  Here’s a picture of our site, #17.  It has 50 amp electric and a water spigot nearby, all for $16 per night.
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This is the road leading to our site..
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and this is the road leading away from our site.
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Our view of the “lake.”  It’s that area just beyond the trees.
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This seems like a really nice park, and it’s really peaceful here.  Because the lake has been drained, there are very few people here.  I think we counted five or six rigs.  Notice all the empty sites in the pictures above.  We hope to come back some day and see the lake after it’s been refilled.  We’re both glad we came here, and it’s only seven or eight miles off of I80.
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Just wanted to mention that this past Friday we went to a restaurant in Grand Island that Scott, Terri’s therapist, recommended.  It’s called The Wave Pizza Company.  It has a real beach feel to it.  There’s a big shark on the front of the building and a VW van inside along with a beach type d├ęcor.
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Terri had the Rincon Pizza with meatballs, green peppers, red peppers, onions, sauce, and lots of cheese.
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And I had the Lover’s Point Pizza with four or five kinds of sausage, sauce, and lots of cheese.
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Not a really healthy meal, but it sure was delicious.  We hadn’t had pizza from a restaurant for months, and we really enjoyed it.  Thanks Scott for the recommendation!
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Tomorrow we head out of here and continue east.
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