Our reservations were supposed to be from May 29th to June 8th at Rend Lake COE South Marcum campground in Benton, Illinois. Given Governor Pritzker’s decrees, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to go at all. However, he declared the campgrounds open on June 1. So, on June 1, the sun came out, and we headed that way.
We’ve been to Rend Lake before, and in fact, we are in the very same spot. We love it here, but we weren’t sure what to expect. Here’s the reveal:
- While I am so happy to finally be camping again, it is tempered by current events. Camping is getting away, but I can’t fully get away from the upset. Like most Americans, I support justice, and I support peace. Please know that I say my prayers everyday for a better world.
- While we are camping again, we are well aware, we still need to be aware of Covid-19 restrictions. And we are.
- With June 1 being the first day camping opened, we weren’t sure how long the line would be to get in – or how full the campground would be. When we arrived around 2 pm, there was 1 person in front of us. Most, but not all, of the full hook up sites are taken. There are plenty of sites with just electric. It may be a different story when the weekend comes.
- There are signs reminding people of social distancing. There are also signs by the restrooms reminding campers to use soap and a hand sanitizer; however, the restrooms, while very clean, have neither. Of course, we do back at the camper.
- Nothing soothes as nature. The tall trees, the ground covered in pine needles and pine cones, the quiet ripples on the lake nearby, the deer on the edge of the woods, the cheerful yellow wildflowers all provide a calm and a comfort much needed. I am glad to be here.