In Springfield, Illinois we camped at the State Fair Grounds. Marcus and Caroline were disappointed we were not staying at a campground with a playground, but soon realized this was much better. They had parking lot after parking lot to ride their scooters with no cars. We played badminton and had plenty of places to explore and we were close to all the sights we wanted to see. We visited Abraham Lincoln’s home and took a tour there. We also worked on the Junior Range Program where we learned about Lincoln and the wildlife in Illinois. We visited the Old State Capital and the Illinois State Museum which Caroline loved. They gave you a card which you swiped near displays to hear what they were about. They also had fun hands on activities. We toured the State Capital Building which took 20 years to complete. It was completed in 1888. The outer walls were made of limestone from Joliet and Lemont, Illinois. Of all the Capitols we have visited this one seems to be the most used. We were there two days in a row and both days it was full of life. There were schools having activities and field trips, 4-H displays, displays of art work by therapy students, speakers, lunches, and maybe even some protestors. Other Capitols we have visited have seemed almost sterile, while this one was well used. This was a colorful Capitol. Full of colored marble and lots of pink and green tones this building almost seemed to have a life of its own.
After out visit to the Capitol we went to Charlie Parker’s, which we had seen on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Caroline and Marcus shared a pancake the size of a pizza. Amazingly they finished the whole thing by themselves. Then we headed to the Dana-Thomas House. This is the best preserved and most complete example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early prairie houses. We were not allowed to photograph the inside of this house, but it was amazing. Marcus and Caroline have joined us as admirers of his work.