Perhaps it was the timing of my visit, but there was no peace and quiet in rural Illinois.
The 13-year cicadas had emerged. The periodical insects created a deafening drone during the day.
Then, if the cicadas didn't wake you up, the homemade sparkler bombs definitely would. The sparkler bombs were created by taking wooden sparklers, snapping the sticks off, then wrapping them in nylon tape. They were guaranteed to remove unwanted stumps and despite being quite a ways off when filming this, the blast pressure was enough to blow my hair back and have me stumbling backwards when it went off.
This is what happens when you can buy liquor and fireworks at the grocery store any day of the week.