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Road Trip to Iowa 2017, 10/1-10/8/2017

This road trip will take us into country we've not previously been. We are heading west to Iowa to camp in one of the campgrounds made famous in author Karen Musser Nortman's Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries series. Karen says Maquoketa Caves State Park is her favorite. Her book "Bats and Bones", first in the series, is based on this campground.

Once again, we will caravan as we head west on I-80. Anyone who wishes to do so may camp Mabel's Glade in Delton, MI prior to our heading out on Monday, October 2, where our first stop will be to tour the RV Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN ($10 admission, $8 if you're a senior, and dogs permitted in strollers, carriers or if held).

RV Museum and Hall of Fame, Elkhart, IN

From there we continue west into Illinois where we will camp at Starved Rock State Park for two nights.

Starved Rock State Park

Day three we will depart for a leisurely 150 mile drive to Maquoketa State Park in Maquoketa, IA. The majority of this park's facilities were created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s so beautiful rock work abounds. Lots of trails and hiking and CAVES!

Who's coming to Starved Rock (let Mabel know you reserved a site)

  • Ed and Peggy Kowalski, site 123
  • Judy and Gale Wilhelm, site 124
  • Nancy, Mabel and Matty Kroes, site 126
  • Michael, Jamie and Russell Leichty, site 128

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Mabel suggests at some point during our stay there that we make a 60 mile drive from the campground to Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids has a very large population of Czechs and a visit to Czech Village/New Bohemia would be very interesting.

Czech Village and New Bohemia

We will leave Iowa on Sunday, October 8. Anyone who wants to make again make an overnight stay at Mabel's Glade, a 350 mile journey from the campground. As before, we can provide limited electric and a single bathroom/shower.

Mabel's Glade Campers, UP RoadTrip 2016

Info on reserving sites coming in soon...

Who's coming: (Let Mabel know if you have made your reservations!)


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