The land of Lincoln

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 24, 2007

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

We woke up in the morning to find it pouring rain outside! This weather here is so opposite of what it is like in California. It's humid, prone to fast changing weather and rains a lot. But at least it makes the temperature cooler.

We knew we had a big day a head of us so instead of grabbing a muffin at the hotel continental free breakfast, we opted for eggs and potatoes at Denny's. Then we used Dot to guide us through the city to Lincoln's Tomb. It was elegantly built, which was very fitting for the 16th President of our country. Cell phones were not allowed to be turned on out of respect for the deceased. The tomb was decorated with marble and statues. The main tomb room where Lincoln lays 10 feet under the earth is also occupied by the bodies of his wife and three out of his four sons. The mood of the tomb was very somber, emotional and peaceful. I thought that the tomb was a nice tribute to a man who did so much for our country. We paid our respects and exited the tomb past the caretaker's residence.

Next, we went to the Lincoln Presidential Museum/Research Library. The museum is rather new because last time my Dad and I were in Springfield a few years ago it was not built yet. They had all kinds of rules about what you could bring into the museum and where you could take pictures as they want to preserve all the artifacts. You could only take pictures in the main lobby. It felt like the exhibits went on forever, there were exhibits about Mrs. Lincoln, about their home in Springfield, their clothes, their sons, Lincoln's life, his politics, elections, and of course the Civil War. It was all so fascinating, I love museums. After we left the gallery exhibit and were on our way to see a movie about Lincoln I started to see a lot of men in suits with earpieces. I thought they looked like men from the secret service, and it turns out they were! The U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales was visiting the museum for some reason. We saw him shaking hands with people and taking pictures with them. It was pretty cool and interesting because he is a bit of hot water lately in regards to testimony he gave about a secret U.S. surveillence program.

Next, we went to two different movies at the theaters inside, one was about the research library across the street and the other was called "Lincoln's Eyes." They were both really interesting and really cool. The film about the library was done completely in 3D. I thought the people on stage were real and it turned out that they were just 3D images (crazy!).  The other film used smoke to demonstrate cannon fire and our seats rattled every time a cannon or gun went off in the movie. The first jolt really scared us, we didn't see it coming.

After the museum we were a little tired and had to get our way to out hotel in Urbana, IL. Since we were tired we only drove by the Dana Thomas House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) which Dad and I went to last time we were there (it's amazing by the way). We were just going to drive by Lincoln's house, but we decided to park and get out of the car instead so that Mom could see the house better. That way we also got to see the B&B we stayed at a few years ago. It looked about the same, but we noticed it had different owners this time. After that we left and drove to Urbana/Champaign, IL where we will be staying until Sunday for a bible study convention. Then we are off to Chicago!
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