All about Abe

Today we drove about 45 miles North, to Springfield, the capital city of Illinois.  One of the things that I would like to do is visit as many of the Presidential Museum/Libraries.  In addition, we both want to check out as many of the National Parks as we can.  There are 401 designated parks.  Our first stop in downtown Springfield, was the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  At a cost of $12.00 (discounts for seniors, military, students and AAA members), it was well worth the price.  If you are ever in the area, this would be a “must-see” item, and plan on spending about 3 hours going thru the museum.

 

Abraham Lincoln Museum

Abraham Lincoln Museum

 

Hanging with the Lincolns...Robert, Tad, Mary, Abraham and William

Hanging with the Lincolns…Robert, Tad, Mary, Abraham and William

 

The Lincoln’s had a fourth son, Edward, but he died at age 4, before Lincoln was elected President.  William died at age 12, in the White House, during Lincoln’s first term.  Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, and there was four candidates running for President at the time.  He was assasinated during his second term, after the end of the Civil War.  The museum goes into great detail of both the life of Lincoln, as well as the Civil War.   Photography is only allowed in the plaza, so I do not have any additional photos to share of the museum.

After the museum, we walked over to the Old State Capitol, open from 1839 – 1876.  Lincoln, a local attorney in Springfield before he was President, argued many cases before the IL Supreme Court.  This is also where he delivered his “House Divided” speech.

Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

Across from the capitol, is the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, where he had his law office.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices

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We had a picnic lunch in Union Square across from the museum.  Then we walked on down to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.  Abe and his family lived in this house until he moved into the White House. Admission to this park is free.  There are a number of actual items owned by the Lincoln’s still in the house.

Lincoln Home

Lincoln Home

 

This is a genuine desk owned by the Lincoln’s

Lincolns desk in his bedroom

Lincolns desk in his bedroom

It is believed Mrs. Lincoln suffered from migraine headaches….perhaps it was the wallpaper pattern combined with the wild carpet pattern in her bedroom that caused them??

Mrs. Lincoln's bedroom

Mrs. Lincoln’s bedroom

After the tour of the house, we went out to Oak Ridge Cemetery, to see Lincoln’s Tomb.  In addition to Lincoln, his wife and 3 of their 4 sons are buried there.  The oldest son, Robert, wanted to be buried there as well, but after his death, his wife refused to honor his request, because she didn’t want to be buried with her mother-in-law!  Robert is buried, with his wife, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lincoln Tomb

Lincoln Tomb

President Lincoln's Tomb

President Lincoln’s Tomb

 

It is recommended to rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck!

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On our way back home, we went past the current Illinois State Capitol Building:

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois State Capitol

Thanks for following along on our journey!

 

Quote for the day:  “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The journey begins on Route 66

This morning we left Wisconsin and headed South to Litchfield, Illinois.

Dan did a great job driving thru early morning rush hour traffic.

Stay focused dear, the navigator needs a nap!

Stay focused dear, the navigator needs a nap!

We are currently staying at a nice little campground, Kamper Kompanion RV Park for a few days.  It is a Passport America park, so we get half price camping.  Full hook-ups for $16.50/night, plus free WI-FI!!  And there is even a small fenced dog park area, that you can have your dog off leash (which is necessary when you have a high energy Jack Russell Terrier!).

Kamper Kompanion site #15

Kamper Kompanion site #15

One of Dan’s goals/bucket list items is to see as much of Route 66 as we can.  Route 66 actually begins on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago.  Not exactly the place where you want to be towing a 40 foot 5th wheel!  But Litchfield has about 3 miles of the existing road that runs parallel to I-55, so we did get to drive on that.

Getting our kicks, on Route 66

Getting our kicks, on Route 66

We stopped at the Ariston Cafe, which opened in 1924, and is believed to be the oldest cafe on Route 66 that is still in operation.  Food was good, and the service was great!

Ariston Cafe on Route 66

Ariston Cafe on Route 66

working on Dan's bucket list

working on Dan’s bucket list

The Ariston Cafe was added to the National Registry of Historical Places in 2006.  After spending the afternoon playing tourist, we came back to the campground so Makena could check out the small dog park, which she had all to herself!  A good day for all of us!

Quote to live by:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain

Welcome to our blog

After much trial and error, we have finally set up our blog post.  We hope you will follow along with us on our new journey.  Today will be our last day in Wisconsin, where we have lived all of our lives.  We picked up our 5th wheel on June 17, 2013, and have travelled a little bit with it.  But tomorrow starts our real journey.  We will be heading down to Kentucky and will be working for Amazon until December 23, 2013.  Our goal with this blog is to journal our travels, and hopefully share with others what this full-time RV lifestyle is all about.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, and we are sure this blog will undergo many changes as we continue to learn more on blogging, workamping and the full-time RV lifestyle.