We try to not make campground reservations. That way we can stay a little longer than planned -- like we are doing here at Eldon Hazlet State Park in Carlyle, IL -- or move if the mood (or the weather, or who knows what) strikes us.
When we arrived about 2 p.m., we had lots of first-come, first serve spots to choose from, including several great ones right on the lake. By 6 p.m., however, the campground was close to full. Now it’s Monday and we almost have the place to ourselves.
|Also at the lake are double crested cormorants, a blacking fish bird with a hooked beak that was once on the endangered species list in Illinois.|