Saturday, June 8, 2013

Highpoint #1: Charles Mound, IL

Kyle recently found a list of the highest point in each of the 50 united states; we made it our goal to climb as many as we possibly can before we turn 30. So last weekend we embarked on our first mini-roadtrip to the highpoint of Illinois - Charles Mound, a 1,235 ft. hill in the small town (and by small town I mean literally only 350 people live there) of Scales Mound, IL. The hill is located in someone's backyard behind their barn and the journey requires the highpointers to park and walk up a mile-long gravel driveway to the top.

We enjoyed the view from the top - it was actually a much prettier spot than we had expected. There was a guestbook which we signed and were surprised to find was filled with names of people from all over the United States. We were also surprised when we ran into quite a few others who were making the mile-long trek up the hill to the highest point in Illinois.

Afterwards we explored the town and did a bit of antiquing in the town next door. Scales Mound is a historical site and many of its buildings were built beginning in the 1850s.

It was a nice little getaway from the big city and a chance to eat junk food, jam out to Fleet Foxes & Trampled by Turtles, and critique each others driving and direction giving. One down, forty nine to go!

Glacier Bay National Park, 2016

If you'd asked me 5 years ago if I wanted to go to Alaska, I would have said "No way." But here I sit, just back from our...