Friday, May 18, 2012

Road Tripping

Like I had mentioned, we are road tripping in Texas.  I made up journals for the boys, every day they are filling them out and my dad is looking them over and asking them questions.  He is a walking encyclopedia and knows tons of stuff.  In addition, they are writing post cards daily to friends back home. 
Here is just a sampeling of what we have been up to thus far on our trip.  We left last Friday, so it's been 1 week.
We stopped in Highland, IL (just north east of St. Louis) to visit my brother and his family.  This is a photo of my parents, brother & his family and Cody & Chris.

Apparently this part of Illinois is known for their foot high pies...

My brother gave this to Cody.  He served in the Air Force for 8 years.

Here are Cody and Chris on top of Monks Mound at Cahokia.

We went to The Arch

The kids grabbed a Ranger who personally took them around the Museum of Westward Expansion and explained different things to them.

She pulled out guns and let the kids fire them.

This group went up into The Arch (I did not)

We visited St. Louis Union Station

And went to see Chuck Berry's restaurant Blueberry Hill

Cody and Chris in front of the Chuck Berry statue

My brother gave this to Chris.  He was in the Air Force for 8 years.

We crossed into Missouri on Sunday

Had some interesting dinning options in Missouri as well.

Got a cowboy hat too.

This one got a cowboy hat too.

I'm a sucker for these.  This is Monday, we traveled down the same road which was The Trail of Tears, A Civil War Path and part of the Southwest Highway.  How COOL!?!

We dug for diamonds in Arkansas.

Cody found some chips

Chris found some cool rocks


We also visited Clinton's boyhood home in Hope Arkansas

Cody and Chris in the house Clinton was born in

By Monday we were FINALLY in Texas

On Tuesday, since we stayed in Waco overnight, we stopped at the Branch Davidian Marker where the Waco siege happened.

While also in Waco (and the real reason we were there) we stopped at the Dr. Pepper Museum...the BEST place on Earth!


I am one happy person!

On Tuesday we FINALLY made it to New Braunfels, which is were my parents live.

On Wednesday we saw a gecko.

These two swam

On Thursday we ran to the Scout Shop to pick up a patch for Chris

Had lunch here, at Market Square, along the River Walk in downtown San Antonio

Then we hit the Missions.  There are 4 total leading from the south up to The Alamo

This is Mission San Jose (the biggest)


This is Mission Concepcion...where the Rangers are a 1/2 hour late getting back from their lunch. (I have a National Parks Passport that we were working on getting stamped)



Mission San Juan - under renovation


Mission Espada - very pretty grounds

The boys with a Texas Ranger at The Alamo

We learned that there was one person from Illinois who died defending The Alamo

We did the River boat tour

Towers of the Americana off the River tour (LOVE this picture)

Today we went to the Schlitterbaun Waterpark

And raced frogs in the river (which we will be tubing in earlier next week)

The boys did get off easy, I'm only able to get internet access in the way corner of my parents patio, hacking (with permission) into their neighbors wifi connection.  I think the main thing that I want to do during this trip is overload the boys with tons of information and expose them to lots of different and unique places so that months, or even years from now they will be able to recall this trip and want to learn even more. 

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