Often I will drive around aimlessly through the gravel roads just outside of town. The first time I ever found Eagle Bluffs State Conservation Area was quite by accident a year and half ago. Though what I founded terrified me, I eventually made my way back.
So the first time I found Eagle Bluffs, the sun was setting and I drove south on Providence Road until Columbia rolled away behind the soft hills that I’m so unused to being an Illinois native.
As dusk crept in, I passed Lucy’s Burgers and Beverges in McBaine, Missouri and slowed my roll on the the dusty gravel road. I saw the sign for “Eagle Bluffs State Conservation Area” reflecting off the dim glow of my headlights.
Intrigued, I turned in. After following the twisty, crackling roads of grey rock for many minutes, ever under the watchful gaze of what appeared to be small water towers, I found myself in the heart of the dark wetlands.
It was there I was shocked to witness the red glow of two parked cars out in the middle of this dark wilderness an hour after sundown. I logically concluded that there only three possible reasons for this dark meeting in the park:
1. They were moving work out.
2. They were moving a body out!
3.They were moving work and a body out!!
I turned around and sped off, ever checking my rearview but never followed.
Anyway, I went back about a year and half later (while it was light out) and had a really great time. Here’s a video of some of the stuff I saw: