Hip-Gyp Trip: Week #1

South Park Campground: Gibson City IL
June 3-4, 2016

South Park is a tiny little campground with only 9 spaces, located on the edge of Gibson City. This campground cost only $10/night with electric and water…it was a steal!! Nice and shady and a great opportunity to get acclimated. Dad, being ever the out-going neighbor, met one of our camping neighbors (Jeff and Sherry, local farmers) and we spent two evenings hanging around the campfire chatting.

Shady Creek Campground, Muscatine IA
June 5-6, 2016

Situated right on the banks of the Mississippi River…the days were spent watching the river flow backwards (according to Dad) and the barges flow upstream being pushed by tugboats. Water birds were abundant.

Red Rock Lake Campground, Pella IA
June 7-8

Pella, IA is a super-cute and quaint little Dutch town. Abundant in windmills and Dutch culture, it’s a must-see if you are in the area. There is a great Dutch Bakery, I suggest that you get some ‘Dutch Letters’ there!

Jaarsma Bakery: : Dutch letters, Dutch pastry, apple ring, cinnamon …

Our family owned-and-operated bakery, located in historic Pella, Iowa, has been baking delicious “Dutch Treats” for over a century.


We also visited a great little Deli (In’t Veld’s Meat Market & Opa’s Deli in Downtown Pella, Iowa), that makes a delicious dried beef dip! I got to meet up with a friend Teresa P. here! The town park is clean and well maintained.

Dan and Dad found an old junkyard (with about 3K ‘head’ according to the owner). They spent a bit exploring and although they didn’t find the part they were seeking, they did find a part for the Falcon…you know, guy stuff!

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The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

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To be continued….