Southern Illinois

We left Champaign Illinois and traveled south to Memphis. It was seven hours of driving so we decided to break it up with a stop in the Horseshoe Lake Conservation area.

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This is our lovely stop in the Western Campground of the Conservation area. Hunting season is in full swing and we have groups of hunters with us in the campground.

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We have caught up to fall again. The trees looked lovely.

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Normally we would really hesitate about taking our canoe into a cypress swamp due to alligators and snakes but this far north we weren’t concerned so we took a little canoe ride to see the swamp up close.

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Cypress knees are fascinating. These are used to get oxygen to the roots.

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Packing up to continue our journey.

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Construction on the road beside the levee. This area floods due to the mighty Mississippi

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Over the levee. One of the hunters in the campground was playing the very appropriate Led Zeplin song “When the levee breaks” so the song was in my head as we crossed.

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Over the Mississippi river and into Missouri.

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