Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Road trip


Dan and I went on a road trip last week that took us through eastern Colorado, all the way through Kansas, and into Missouri.  I'm convinced that every state in the union has something interesting to offer.  I've yet to be disappointed.

We stopped at several places along the way, but our favorite was in Abilene, Kansas, at the Eisenhower Museum and Library.

This is the boyhood home of President Eisenhower.  Can you imagine a family of nine living here?  David and Ida Eisenhower had six sons.  David's father lived with them as well.  It is a charming little house, but there is hardly enough space for six rambunctious boys to romp around.
I'm always amazed at the lack of closet space in homes from this era.  Where did they keep all their stuff?  I guess there were several outbuildings and, of course, the attic.  But there was little room for everyday items and clothes.

Here is a statue of Eisenhower. The base has quotes from various periods of his military career and presidency.

"I cannot let this day pass without telling the fighting men ... that my fondest boast shall always be: I was their fellow-soldier"
Address to the American Soldier
February 7, 1948

The library. . .

The Place of Meditation and final resting place . . .

The museum. . .

We only spent a couple of hours here, but I could have stayed all afternoon.  President museums are fascinating, showcasing not only the president, but our country and history of the time.

5 comments:

Susanne said...

Two of my favorite things: museums and road trips.

Ours is a barely 1200 square ft bungalow with 3+1 bedrooms. The family we bought it from raised 7 kids in it with one bathroom (tub but no shower). Makes ya wonder, doesn't it?

Flat Creek Farm said...

What?! You were in my neck o' the woods? (Missouri!) We stopped at the Eisenhower museum, etc. It's probably been nearly 25 years. I loved it too! We were on our way for family vacation in Colorado, and I was determined to find something nifty and educational for us to take in along the road. Great choice :) -Tammy

Country Dreaming said...

Haven't been to this one yet--even though I live in Kansas now.
Looks like a great place.
RE: closet space--
They didn't have all the clothes,shoes etc that we have now.:(

Melinda

Mereknits said...

What a fun trip. Glad you got away with your Honey.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Rizzi said...

SOUNDS LIKE YOU AND DAN HAD A GREAT TIME.....LOVE ALL YOUR PHOTOS......
I NEVER REALIZED THERE WERE 9 CHILDREN IN HIS FAMILY...HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND......LOVE YA....AUNT RIZ