Mississippi River Camping

We had quite a weekend of camping planned, combined with visits to wineries on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail and an opportunity for our first state highpoint (Charles Mound). We got off to a great start but then literal homesickness drove us home (if you can believe it).

Mississippi River Camping

Day 1, we left as planned after lunch, driving a few hours to Creekview Winery in Preemption (great name for a town, right?). Since we had left later than usual, we didn’t get to visit the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center or climb into the De Immigrant windmill as planned, but c’est la vie. A late arrival into the campground didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for a tasty hot dog dinner either.

The next day was supposed to go something like this: Mississippi Palisades State Park, Massbach Winery, Charles Mound (Illinois’ highpoint), Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, Alice T. Virtue Water Park, Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines, camping at Grant River.  After camping the night, we were going to visit Famous Fossil Vineyards on the way home. But it was not to be.

Munchkin awoke throwing up, saying that he was homesick. We took down the tent and broke camp, discussing whether to continue as planned or to head home. Since Munchkin continued to throw up, our decision was made for us. He seemed to get better as we neared home and, within a few hours of arriving, was back to his old self, running and carrying on as per usual. I think that this is the first time I’ve ever seen a literal case of homesickness.

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