WPC: Criss-Cross

Diamond crossing fence at the Springfield Lincoln home

Diamond cross shaped fence

Two of the same world divide

Community imprisoned

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

Time Stands Still In Old Springfield Village

For the weekly photo challenge I tried out a Mesh gallery. I don’t have an iPhone so this is the desktop version. I was getting aroused as to why the pictures are so enlarged and cut off but then I found out you can click on the picture and see the whole thing. When I put the upload link in my post, some of the pictures I put in the Mesh gallery are eliminated as if there’s a slideshow limit. Being able to add subtitles is an idea.

Anyway, here is a mesh gallery of my tour of Old Springfield Village and Abraham Lincoln’s original home there. Everything has been restored and preserved to look exactly like it was 150 years ago (when Lincoln was shot and last lived there). There are also pictures of my tour of the Lincoln Home National Museum. Me and my family’s final day in Springfield involved learning much about Lincoln and his family that wasn’t known before, like the fact that the house was very small before Mrs. Lincoln literally raised the roof and added an additional floor. John Wilkes Booth’s brother, Edward, saved Lincoln’s son, Robert, from getting caught under a moving train. And of course John did one better by shooting Lincoln.

It was a good day. it was a good vacation. I didn’t even mind the overbearing and creepy tour guide.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

A Joyous Family Get Together

What happens in Springfield, stays in Springfield. Okay, not really…it’s not that exciting but I’m just trying to be funny.

So today my great but sometimes odd family all came together in Springfield, Illinois as I told you was going to happen yesterday. And what a wonderful reunion it was. Everyone, that includes my two sisters, Emily and Liz, and their significant others, Connor and Shaun, mom, dad, uncle, and I, and the son, Jace, of Liz’s boyfriend Shaun. We all had a very fun and exciting day filled with happiness, laughter, and a lot of conversation coming from one overexcited video game expert.

vacation11A highway asphalt rolling machine I saw on the way to Springfield. The only reason I took this picture is because we were in a traffic jam and stopped on the highway.
vacation1Emily, my youngest sister and her boyfriend Connor, the very conversational video game junkie, at Bob Evans.
vacation5Matt Thornton – the greatest thing to come to convenience stores everywhere, that they even had to erect a giant sign of him.

vacation7And a gas pump at Thornton’s.
vacation6My meal at Bob Evans.
vacation14Floor arrow. How exactly do you make free happen? Oh, rob the place. So the arrow message is promoting shoplifting?
vacation12Neon lighted sign. Soda as they say in any state except Michigan, home to the word “pop”.
vacation10Scenery on the highway.
vacation08The Coca-Cola truck.
vacation17Overexposed picture of a frog on the outdoor patio table at the place we are staying, the home of an elderly lady with two grandsons.
vacation16Hickory River Smokehouse, where we ate dinner tonight. I had a pulled pork sandwich and couldn’t finish it because I was so stuffed.
vacation18Not so fabulous menu at Hickory River Smokehouse, a not so fabulous restaurant but the whole family was together for the first time.
vacation3Sharkie! I met this odd looking stuffed toy today in Emily and Connor’s car. To say that we didn’t have the least amount of fun waving it out the window and hitting it against heads would be wrong.

Tomorrow, our stay in Springfield continues with our visit to the Abraham Lincoln national cemetery and museum. I will be interested to be visiting my very first gravesite of a former president or any significant figure in history for that matter. There really isn’t that much to Springfield besides Lincoln but having the whole family come together in one spot is what I will really take from this trip.