I mentioned that last weekend Libby and I journeyed to Springfield, Illinois for my nephew’s graduation. We saw lots of families, and I gave out lots of gold dollars to my nephews. The weather mostly cooperated, and everyone seemed to have a good time. My nephew was duly graduated in a mercifully short ceremony, and now he’s ready for a summer off before going to college upstate.
Libby and I took the long way to Springfield, driving across northern Missouri where the farms are as neat as pins. We visited a few small towns, passed through Hannibal, and stopped for lunch in Quincy, Illinois. There is a blufftop castle in Quincy that I’ve wanted to visit for years, and when we got there, the place wa open, but we’d run out of time. We did manage to have a nice lunch in a restaurant directly on the Mississippi River. That’s the view from our lunch table above. We got to see a few pleasure boats pass by, but the main channel was farther out and we didn’t see any barges. I think that calls for another visit to this restaurant.
When we travel, we try to stay at bed and breakfast inns. (Actually, there is a distinction between a bed and breakfast — generally no more than three bedrooms — and an inn — four our more bedrooms. I prefer the bed and breakfast ambience.) Below is the bed and breakfast where we stayed. If you look closely you can see that the porch is about to fall off the house. There’s even a spot where the railing is gone and a rope keeps you back. The house was solid enuf, and it had all of its original fixtures, including beautiful fire places and hardwood floors. The price was reasonable, too. I happened to see the bill for my parent’s suite down at the chain motel literally by the freeway, and our room at the B and B was cheaper.
I have this theory about state capitals. They tend to be small towns, yet they are well funded because they are important places. So they have nice roads and facilities, etc. Springfield certainly qualifies. The downtown area is lovely, and the new Lincoln Museum is astonishing. It’s been called the museum of the future because of the way it presents its history. I have to say that they don’t delve deep into the subject matter — President Lincoln — but they do so in an exciting and innovative way — was that an actor or a hologram on the stage? — and it had everyone fully engaged in learning history.
Perhaps with luck there will be another presidential museum in Springfield, Illinois in the future.
- Watch for birds carrying food to their young.
Today in Missouri history:
- The Democratic National Convention began on this date in 1916 in St. Louis, ultimately leading to the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. The phrase â€œHe kept us out of warâ€ was a campaign slogan, but Wilson and his advisors knew the opposite was inevitable.