Illinois and Wisconsin

Previous Location: Chicago Northwest KOA, Union, Illinois

Current Location: Pettibone Resort RV Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin

We arrived at the Chicago Northwest KOA on Thursday afternoon. Once we got set up, Malcolm called his high school classmate John to make plans to meet for dinner. We met John and his wife, Nicole, for dinner in Crystal Lake, Illinois. We had some great Italian food and had fun catching up.


Campsite at Chicago Northwest KOA

On Friday, we drove to Oak Park, Illinois to take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. It was a very interesting tour. Afterwards, we walked down the street and had some Chicago-style stuffed pizza for lunch. Then we walked around the area and took pictures of several Wright-designed homes.


Wright’s home


Interior light, Wright’s home


Drafting room in Wright’s studio


Office in Wright’s studio


Wright-designed home


Wright-designed home

After visiting Oak Park, we drove to Ikea to pick up a couple items we’ve been looking at. While there, we called John to see what they were doing for dinner. We drove over to their house and visited for a bit before riding with them to Lake Zurich for dinner. After dinner, we rode back to the house and visited until late before heading back to the trailer.

This morning we left the Chicago area and headed northwest to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the evening. We’ve just been relaxing here. We ran into town to pick up some groceries, but haven’t done any sightseeing.


Site in La Crosse

The remainder of our trip west over the next eight days will follow I-90. Each day’s travel is only about 210-220 miles, making for shorter travel days.



Current Location: Twin Springs Campground, Menomonie, Wisconsin

We hit the road this morning around 8:00 AM and headed on up the road into Wisconsin. We had planned to drive a little further today, but started looking around as we stopped at a rest area and found this campground just around the corner. Val’s stomach had been bothering her the whole trip, so an earlier stop actually sounded good.

Wisconsin makes our 32nd state we’ve visited. Tomorrow we head on into Minnesota, our 33rd state. Our final destination at the end of the week was to be Lake Chelan State Park to meet up with our daughter and family. However, it looks like those plans will be cancelled due to a forest fire in the area. We’re continuing on the same schedule, regardless. We might end up staying somewhere else next week.

Our internet reception here is fairly slow, so no pictures today.