GMQC Road Trip 2018 Travel Diary

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The GMQC crew has once again teamed up with Shabbona Creek RV to hit the road and show you the beauty and fun of our area. Anchor Jonathan Ketz and photographer Brandon Green will hit three locations from Monday, May 21 to Thursday, May 24 and meteorologist Eric Sorensen will wrap up the trip on Friday, May 25th. There’s also a special contest you can win, on the first leg of our trip! To find out how to win, click here.

We’ll be updating this travel diary from the road everyday, so stay tuned! Watch Now: Good Morning QC .See my photo scrapbook here.

Updated at 5/24 at 9:30 a.m.: I wanted to give you one last look at Chestnut Mountain before I leave the road trip and give Eric the reigns for Friday. Take a look at the view from above with the Mississippi River below us. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everybody.

Updated at 5/24 at 9:24 a.m.: We did so many fun things at the Chestnut Mountain Resort. At 6 a.m., we rode something called the Segway, a motorized two wheel vehicle that takes you around the resort. See that video above, and I also rode the Alpine Slide, which takes you from on top of the hill to the bottom near the Mississippi River. That video is below.

Updated at 5/24: 9:15 a.m.: Day four of the road trip has been a blast. Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena was fantastic to us, and photographer Brandon Green and I had a great time.  See the clip above of one of the picturesque views. Later Thursday morning, I rode the Soaring Eagle zip line. That video is below.

Updated at 8:16 a.m. 5/23: Wednesday, May 23, we took the word 'camping' literally. I stayed in the great RV for the first night, instead of a lodge, and we parked the RV in the middle of Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area. Inside the park, is Ryan's Round Barn (video above) and fishing at Johnson Lake below.

Updated at 7:40 a.m. 5/23: See more of our drone video above as we interviewed Kim Meyers, Site Superintendent of Johnson Sauk-Trail, and as you can see below...he's definitely in his element fishing.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. 5/22: There was so much to see at Starved Rock State Park and the Lodge & Conference Center, we forgot to post one of our videos, but we're going to do it now because we're less busy. Above you'll see a live shot we did from the veranda outside the lodge. Below you'll find another live shot we did from the main dining room, early Tuesday morning, May 22.

Updated at 7:30 a.m. 5/22: Day number two, Tuesday, May 22, was even better than day number one. Kathy Casstevens, Marketing Director of the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, showed us two picturesque spots at the Starved Rock State Park. One was the veranda with the arrow that points to the actual rock (seen above). The other is the French Canyon, which is just south of the lodge (seen below).

If you want to stay at the lodge and conference center, they have some great wooden cabins you can stay at. See one of the cabins below.

Updated at 12:50 p.m. 5/21: The second half of our day one trip, Monday, May 21, took us on the Illinois River. Casstevens and La Salle County, Illinois resident, Julie McDonald, showed us the Eagle 1 River Cruise boat. To see our coverage during WQAD News 8 at 11, see the video above.

Updated at 8:30 a.m. 5/21: Day one of the Good Morning Quad Cities Road Trip has been fun so far. We are at Starved Rock Lodge in Oglesby, Illinois. We're just an hour and a half east of the Quad Cities, near the I-80, I-39 interchange.

Casstevens showed us a bunch of cool places to see, both indoors and outdoors. Even on rainy days like Monday, there are spots you can stay in indoors like the Great Hall (video above), but there also spots that are unique in the rain, like the Canyons (video below).

The pool and hot tub area is another spot that's very nice to visit on rainy days. Check out that video below:

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