We're staying at Fairport State Park, a campground adjacent to the Mississippi River. However, "adjacent" is not a strong enough word this year, as the Mississippi flooded into the campground and covered some of the sites including the one we reserved. I'd asked for a site close to the water and I certainly got that.
However, a gracious ranger found us another spot. Last year we stayed at Fairport one night then moved to nearby Shady Creek Army Corp of Engineer Campground. For this return trip we toyed with the idea of trying to get one of the first-come-first served spots at Shady Creek, because it's a beautiful campground. But it's entirely closed due to high water. So I'm glad we stuck with Fairport.
After settling in to our campsite, we drove to a place I found online called "Farm and Fleet" that promised clothing and groceries in addition to all the he things you'd think you'd find in a store with that name. Mom, if you are reading this, it was like a gigantic version of Wellington's "Farm and Home" with a little more food, although the food choices were limited to soda, chips and candy. And there was no underwear, which is what I was looking for (it's either that or do the laundry). They advertise clothes and they have no underwear? Even Walgreens has underwear. So we had to go to the shopping option of most smaller-sized cities: Walmart.
Then we drove downtown to check out the water front area. Flooded. Then we drove across the Mississippi River into Illinois, just to cross the bridge. That was one full river we saw down below.
Now we're back in the rig. Jim's watching TV and I'm halfway into the novel "We are All Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler, about a woman whose family raised her and a chimpanzee as sisters for the first few years of their lives. And because it's near the Fourth of July weekend and family vacation time, we can hear the kids outside racing up and down the park roads on their scooters.
|Part of the campground at Muscatine's Fairport State Park on (and now partially in) the Mississippi River.|
|The signpost for the campsite we originally reserved at Fairport State Park.|
|A boy bikes through Muscatine's Waterfront Park.|
|A flower bed at Waterfront Park. According to what I've read, the flooding got bad just a few days ago and should peak Monday.|
|The Mississippi River as seen from downtown Muscatine. Mark Twain lived in Muscatine in 1855 while working at the local newspaper.|