First Bowie would like to do a little karaoke to Sheryl Crow, "I'm gonna soak up the sun, gonna tell everyone to lighten up."
|Bowie soaking up the sun|
Bob has been under the weather with an upper respiratory tract infection: sneezing, runny nose, and sore throat. He isn't feeling his usual active self.
This afternoon we started the Capital Volksmarch because we figured it would be warmer than an early morning walk...better for Bob. The weather was gorgeous. We started downtown and walked up to Oak Ridge Cemetery where Lincoln's body is interred
|Church in downtown Springfield on Carpenter St.|
The receiving vault below is where Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie were temporarily laid to rest from May to December 1865. In December 1865, the bodies of Lincoln and his son were moved to a temporary vault half-way up the hill. A week earlier the remains of another son, Edward, had been transferred to the temporary vault. In 1871, the three were interred in the Lincoln Tomb at the top of the hill.
|Receiving vault - a temporary tomb.|
|Lincoln Tomb at the top of the hill|
|Replica of Abraham Lincoln bust|
|The Lincoln Tomb|
Preisdent Lincoln's remains rest in a vault ten feet below and just behind the massive Arkansas marble monument.
|Small sculpture in the tomb entrance. |
It sits on a pedestal.
|Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial|
The Korean War bell memorial below played beautiful military songs, faintly, on the bell. We heard "When the Caissons Come Rolling Along," "Anchors Aweigh," and "Into the Wild Blue Yonder." It was very peaceful.
|Korean War Memorial with flags|
We retreated from the Veteran Memorials and headed back toward town. By the time we returned to the cross street where the truck was parked, Bob was worn out. We decided to go back to the 5er so he could rest for the evening. In the morning we will do the Capitol tour and I can finish the Volksmarch on my own.
|Amtrak from Springfield, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois passing through|
|Springfield, Illinois Capitol|
|Close up of Capitol window arches|
|Illinois State Capitol in Springfielld|
|The old State House|
|Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum|
|Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library|
I'm falling asleep as I sit here writing, so I'm off to la-la land to count sheep. Hope you enjoyed the short tour.
Travel Bug out.