This is Update #5 on our GRAND CROSS COUNTRY ADVENTURE.For previous installments CLICK HERE!!!
So this is going to be a LONG POST because it covers from Tennessee to South Dakota.
So last I left off we were in Chattanooga at the Aquarium.
Along the way we stopped at a cool National Battlefield (to get another National Park Stamp of course) called Stone River, where the Union Army of (Cu)Cumberland defeated the Confederate Army holding Murfreesboro.
|Col. Gabriel Chamberlain Valdyke inspecting his artillery positions, May 20th, 2015|
After that, we pushed ahead, really with no other stops throughout the day.
|Except for these ones.|
After dueling with the pay meter we got to go on a tour of a house where you can't touch ANYTHING with a two year old. YAY!
|Crap. He touched something.|
|Honest Abe himself sat at that desk in the corner. I imagine his 6' 4" self getting in and out of the seat is like Billy Madison in Kindergarten.|
|The black bunting is for the 150th anniversary of his death.|
|A historical dramatization of the Emancipation Proclamation.|
|We saw how they transport silos. Tried to get a picture. Perfect timing right? Especially since this was our 3rd time passing the silos.|
Okay, really though it was all about visiting my Aunt Barb, Uncle Terry and Great Grandma Peggy.
|Yes, this is a 5 generation picture. That is a Great-great Grandmother with her Great Grandson and Great-great Grandson. Even Tony the Tiger is blown away by that many Greats.|
|Maybe too literal a blast. But can I use a Mad Max gif in each post. Yest I can.|
|A $400,000 seat|
|Gabriel has his commercial equipment license.|
|This one was made for use in China.|
|350 million this year alone! Something tells me this is dated.|
|This is a walking destroyer of trees.|
|Jennifer doing her best Vanna White.|
We went back and then my mom's cousins visited. Nick, his wife Megan, and their kids Audry, Charlie and Louie.
While crossing the farmland of America may seem a little underwhelming...
First we went to Riverside, Iowa, the future birthplace of Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise. While there, we got lost looking for the actual birth monument, and had to get directions from three separate people looking for "the rock", which we are apparently the first people to ever call it that. Anyway, it was hidden behind this tiny tiny hair salon. I guess Capt Kirk really does have humble origins. While there, I also got a shirt for the Shipbuilders Union Local Chapter. As in the people building the Enterprise in the reboot.
|Even the facilities followed the theme...|
|View from the "Captain's Seat". Gives "You have the bridge Number Two" a whole new meaning really.|
|Yeah, good luck finding that.|
|Gabe was obviously impressed.|
|Live long and prosper.|
|We forgot to bring our tripod.|
|Now I need to go find a bull to duel. BATTLE!|
|Apparently it was designed by the same architect who designed the Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can't Read Good.|
|Jennifer has great luck with trucks getting in the way.|
|Gabe is obviously, once again, super impressed.|
South Dakota and the Badlands
|One more, boo ya!|