2011 April - Galena Weekend
This weekend camping trip was filled with a variety of activities and locations in Illinois and Iowa. It included visits to historic sites, exploring a historic city, camping, hiking, caving, etc.

APPLE RIVER FORT
We began with the reconstructed Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, Illinois. Originally built during the Blackhawk War in 1832, it's historic reconstruction is a glimpse of another time.

U.S. GRANT PILGRIMAGE
We spend much of the day at the U.S. Grant Pilgrimage in historic Galena, Illinois, which includes activities and hiking to various historic sites. Thousands of Scouts gathered together from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and even other states to participate in the event. We celebrated dinner with pizza at Happy Joes in nearby Dyersville enroute to our camping destination.

BACKBONE STATE PARK
We enjoyed tent camping at Backbone State Park in Iowa. In the evening we watched the movie Field of Dreams in our campsite on a small portable TV to help prepare for the Sunday afternoon.

BACKBONE TRAIL
The highlight event on Sunday was hiking on the Devil's Backbone Trail in the morning. Boys enjoyed the rugged trail with narrow slots and rock formations along a narrow rocky ridgeline.

FIELD OF DREAMS
We also visited the film location site for the movie Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. Scouts were able to walk the bases around the diamond. The wind was way too intense for any baseball that day.

CRYSTAL LAKE CAVE
Our final adventure for Sunday was caving at Crystal Lake Cavern south of Dubuque. We normally would be caving and hiking at Maquoketa Caves State Park in Iowa, but due to the epidemic white-nose syndrome, which has killed over 1 million bats, the caves were closed.

We enjoyed a busy weekend of adventure before returning home to DeKalb.
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