Tuesday, June 08, 2004
THOMPSON CAUSWAY, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAMPGROUND, ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, THOMPSON, IL
June 6 to 8, 2004. It was a nice drive south along Hwy 84. We saw the little town of Hanover and got some groceries. We passed the Mississippi Palisades SP near Savanna, IL. Thomson Causeway is on Spring Lake just north of Lock and Dam #13. Some of the campsites are on the island and some are on the edge of the river. We stayed in the Riverbirch loop, on the edge of the Mississippi. Our Verizon internet access is shakey to say the least. It seems we are connecting to a US Cellular tower sometimes, to Verizon's tower other times. The loop we are in only have vault toilets, but off on the island are showers and flush toilets. The showers are pushbutton and very hot. One of the nighbors left and gave me about 150-200 lbs. of some great firewood. Some of the pieces were huge, un-split logs. I spent a whole day burning it all away. It was about 92 degrees that day. We met Craig and Susan who had 2 dachsunds named Rocky and Nicky, that loved their Radio Flyer Wagon, sheltered by 2 watermelon-pattern umbrellas. Craig was embarrassed to pull them around. It was pretty funny. They had just bought a collapsible boat (collapses into 4 inches wide, full boat length) that was designed to handle a 3 to 4 HP engine. Thjey had a 5 HP engine and it worked fine on their maiden voyage.