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Camping at Chain O’Lakes State Park, August 2017

We snuck in one last camping trip this past summer to Chain O’Lakes State Park in northeast Illinois. What we didn’t know at the time was that this would be our last trip with our good ol’ Palomini travel trailer.

This was our first time at Chain O’Lakes State Park, and it was the second Illinois State Park we’ve visited. We finally ventured beyond Rock Cut State Park! We wanted to get out camping at least once more before Badger football season started and made this trip just in time.

We booked the campsite at a dead-end in the campground loop. Our camper also faced away from the neighboring sites, so it was perfect to block the dogs’ sight lines.

Honey Suckle Hollow campsite 99 in Chain O'Lakes State Park

The weather was incredible considering it was late August. Daytime highs were in the low 70s, and it got down into the upper 50s at night. It was almost like fall camping, which is the best!

We played a game of our new UNO wilderness edition card pack while dinner cooked Friday evening. After dinner, we played our new National Parks Trivial Pursuit game (both games were damaged in the fire, and we’ll definitely be replacing them). The bugs were pretty bad outside, so we ended the night by relaxing inside the camper.

UNO Wilderness Edition Card Game

Trivial Pursuit National Parks Travel Edition

We got a slow start Saturday morning, but we enjoyed the downtime. That’s what camping is all about! After getting cleaned up, we drove to the nearby town in search of more citronella candles to combat the bugs. Back at camp, we played a few hands of Monopoly Deal, a camping favorite (and another game we’ll need to replace), and another round of Trivial Pursuit.

It started to rain around 5:30 pm, so we got the fire going ASAP. Steaks and potatoes were on the menu, as usual. But cooked over a campfire, they’re just the best! After dinner, we played another round of UNO before retreating inside.

Preparing our dinner campfire while camping at Chain O'Lakes State Park

Naya enjoys camping at Chain O'Lakes State Park

We woke up Sunday to incoming rain, so we made a quick breakfast over a fire and packed up.

It wasn’t the most exciting camping weekend, but that’s ok. We got out and we relaxed — and really, that’s what makes a good camping weekend for us.

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