Hello members. I am new here and I joined this forum because I have always wanted to travel the world. I can not do so at this point in my life financially so therefor I figured I would join to tell about places I have been and learn about places I want to go. I live in Illinois and not many people consider the area I live in as part of Illinois due to us being so far south in the state. Some tend to believe Illinois is just Chicago..obviously they know better but this certainly seems to be the case a lot of times. Well, I'm here to tell you that the part of the state that I live in is beautiful and rich with so much history. There is a little town called Cairo. (Care-ro is the pronunciation). It is full of so much history from years past. Its a sad place now due to most of the businesses shutting down and people leaving BUT in its hey day it was amazing. Full of life. It is still worth a visit. Another excellent little area here close by me is Horseshoe Lake. This is a man made lake and it is also a camping area. A very pretty place full of Geese. In fact it is dubbed as "Goose Capital of the World". The fishing is hit or miss. This place has really deteriorated over the years as well unfortunately BUT it is still pretty and a nice place to visit. There are numerous other places to visit here in my neck of the woods and I do hope if any of you ever travel to Illinois that you will come farther south to see all the awesome sites and wonders that we have down here. I'll answer any questions that any of you have.