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Lincoln Museum

SPRINGFIELD, IL — We toured the Lincoln Museum Thursday morning. The tour started in a replica of Lincoln’s Indiana log cabin and ended with his assassination. Historical actors, dioramas, and various other exhibits were used to document his life. Very interesting.

My takeaway: one of Lincoln’s dogs was name Fido.

Lincoln’s Indiana Home


Lincoln Cabinet Diorama

Heading North – Part Deux

May – June – Part of July

There Be Chickens!

Whittington Woods Campground

So we pulled into the campground this afternoon and off to the side were a bunch (flock? gaggle?) of chickens.

A campground first. Very cool. The owners even offered us some free eggs.

After settling in, we decided to introduce Flirt to the chickens who were right outside our RV door (turn up your volume) . . .

Nolin Lake State Park & BTS

Nolin Lake State Park, KY

Nolin Lake State Park, KY — We’re here two days and love it. This park reminds us of the days we camped in Wisconsin state parks . . . quiet, lots of space, lots of birds, and quiet. Our campsite is surrounded by Lake Nolin. We’re just a few feet away from the lake. Love it.

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From our experience, state parks are pretty vacant on weekdays — and that’s when we’re here. Just us and a few other folks. That’s it.

We even feel nostalgic about the state park “facilities” (bathroom & showers).

The Facilities



Billboard Awards in Las Vegas

We watched the Billboard Music Awards on TV last night. We were pleasantly surprised to see BTS, a KPOP boy band, beat Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Shawn Mendez for a Billboard Music Award — a first for a KPOP group.

BTS’s fans, called the ARMY, racked up about 300 million social media votes which ended up to be about 75% of all the votes. Yikes.

Here’s a video of the award. Listen to the fans when the hosts mention “BTS” . . .

Battle of Franklin — 153 Years Later

Yikes! We’re Surrounded.

It was Civil War history day for us. We decided to take a field trip to the Battle of Franklin historic site in Franklin, TN, about an hour away from where we’re currently camping.

However, as often happens, we were caught in the fog of war and became lost soon after parking in downtown Franklin.

We’re Lost

But at last we found a reliable source of information . . .

Visitor’s Center

After getting a map and pointed in the right direction, we were off to the Carter House, the center of the battle . . .

We Are Here

We signed up for an hour walking tour and our tour guide was very good, a recent political science graduate who knew his history.

However, the highlight of the trip was talking to a young archaeologist who was involved in excavating part of the former Union entrenchments near the Carter House.

Apparently, soldiers were much smaller in Civil War times . . .

Civil War Musket?