Monday, August 24, 2009

Colorado Springs

We stopped at the Campbell's house in Colorado Springs our last night before Utah and had such a great time exploring the town and going a block up the street to the Garden of the Gods.

Hiking in Colorado Springs.

Ken and Cindy.

Here are some deer that like to hang out at their home every morning! Two baby fawns and their mother. They also have some resident skunks but luckily we didn't see those.

Ken and Cindy took us out for some yummy ice cream after the hike!

And the kids got to sit on the cow out front.

A wonderful end to a wonderful day was riding in their convertible through the Garden of the Gods at dusk!

Linc and Bekah just loved it!

It got a little chilly near the end and you can see Linc all bundled up!

It was such a relaxing and fun time to be with Ken and Cindy! And yes we even ended the night with our ritual of Canasta and popcorn! Couldn't have been better.

The next day we drove the last nine hours to Utah!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nauvoo to Independence

Our next stop on our trip was to Nauvoo. We stayed with the director of Historic Sites for the Community of Christ. It was a beautiful place right next to the Mississippi! This is our view from the back porch. We also had a huge groundhog that would stop in and say hi every once in awhile!

Here Linc found a nice leaf.

During the tour, Linc and Ella thought the headstones of the prophet and his wife and brother were a great place to sit!

Red Brick Store.

The Mansion House.

Cute pictures in front of the Temple.

Climbing the steps.

Wrestling on the front lawn.

Then we stopped off in Independence and took the tour of the Temple there.

We had a lot of fun. Next stop was in Colorado Springs to see our friends the Campbells.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kirtland to Springfield

Our first stop to Utah was actually at Camp Crooked Creek in Kentucky where Seth was a counselor for the Boy Scout Camp here 12 years ago! It was a lot of fun to see the place from where I have heard so many stories.

After 9 hours we made it to Kirtland.

Linc trying to break in!

This is looking out of the top tower on the Temple. You can see the graveyard down below.

And here we are in the tower looking out over the roof. A beautiful fly trap is hanging next to Lincoln's head!

On our way to Springfield, we stopped off in some little tiny town for dinner and we saw this live bait vending machine! Seth thought it was great!
Luckily we bought some DVD players for the kids to watch movies in the car. That was such a life saver.

In Springfield Illinois our second stop, we went to the Lincoln library and museum and if you ever find yourself in Springfield, you should definitely go! It was the coolest museum ever! The kids even loved it! Here is Lincoln with Lincoln as a young man.

And here he is again with Lincolns wife and kids.

Now they are both dancing in front of them!

Bekah playing with some Lincoln Logs.

They had a great play place for the kids. Of course Ella has the horses!

Here is the state capitol that Lincoln served as a House Rep and where Pres. Obama announced his run for the presidency!

Inside the Senate.

It was a great first half of the trip across the country! Next time, Nauvoo to Independence.