S: Porters' Church and American History Tour by Train 2009
BC: PORTER CLAN 2009 TRAIN TRIP EAST CREATED BY A PORTER GIFTED TO EACH FAMILY FROM: DEAN AND SANDRA PORTER
FC: The Porters' Church and American History TOUR 2009
1: EMBARKING ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME | The Porter odyssey began on June 27th, and the travelers arrived with high spirits and a lust for adventure. We all made the trip safely to Grandma's abode, and after a quick dinner, we settled in. As the departure for Chicago left at 6:00 AM, wake up call was to be at 3:30. Some rested for the short hours between dusk and the early alarm. Others, such as I, waited for the journey to begin with anticipating hearts.
2: Finally, the lights went on and the adventurers packed up. Everyone was excited, and some couldn't sleep on the way to the train station. As the train docked, we stepped on. | Ready to Go!
3: Settling in for the Long Ride to Chicago | To our surprise, the family was split. We were to be separated for only a few hours, and the family would be reunited. The train quickly started to move. We were astounded by the speed. The scenery was incredible, and we all took pictures as the train sped along the tracks. Such as a boat, the rocking of the train made it difficult to move in between cars. But we soon became accustomed to the movement, and we were suddenly in Albuquerque.
4: The way to travel is with friends and family - (and no one has to drive) | The family reunited in the same car, and we raced along the desert in New Mexico, the forests in Colorado, and the fields of Kansas and Illinois. We spent the night on the twenty-eight hour ride, and we found ourselves exhausted in the Windy City.
5: What more could you ask for - | watching beautiful scenes pass | while you visit, eat, sleep, | and be merry.
6: THAT WAY | GO THIS WAY | Welcome to the boxcar diner - we were happy they had food, but also happy when we got to eat somewhere else.
7: Can't beat the view though!
10: LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. | RALPH WALDO EMERSON | Welcome to | CHICAGO
11: But not for long... we hit the road in rental vans to Lincoln's hometown: Springfield | LOCALS BEWARE: PORTERS ARE ON THE ROAD!
12: Weary travelers find rest.... | In Chicago, we drove the vans for four hours to the hotel... where we had reservations for Springfield - but the wrong state. Desperate for a bed and bath, we researched other hotels. Luckily, accommodations for our entire family were found at the Hilton Garden Inn. We slept well that night, and we were ready for the following day.
13: We departed that morning after a brief family meeting and breakfast, and rode to Honest Abe's home and town. There, we toured his house and got a feel for life in early America. | Springfield, Illinois | July 10, 2009
15: The tree-lined streets of Lincoln's Hometown.
16: Having fun at the museum
17: We enjoyed learning about Abraham Lincoln's humble rise to the US Presidency while visiting the museum and home where he lived with his wife Mary during the pre-election years.
18: Lincoln's Birthplace
19: Carthage Jail | many tender feelings here felt by all....
21: More Fun Photos...
22: Beautiful Nauvoo
24: In a town stopped in time... | It's easy to picture what life would have been like... | And reflect on their hardships to come...
25: We all enjoyed Nauvoo and also seeing Aunt Donna perform on her mission there.
26: Memories of Service at the Nauvoo Temple
28: WE WANDER FOR DISTRACTION, BUT WE TRAVEL FOR FULFILLMENT. | HILAIRE BELLOC
29: Welcome to Washington DC
34: THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT WAS STUNNNING | OUR VIEW FROM THE TOP | LOOKING UP AT IT
35: REMEMBER CATCHING FIREFLIES? | VISITING MEMORIALS | PARADES! | WE ALL BROKE OFF TO DO OUR OWN THINGS IN WASHINGTON DC | EXPLORING THE MUSEUMS | WAITING TO GO IN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT | THERE WAS SO MUCH TO DO HERE THAT
36: SPENDING 4TH OF JULY WITH "OLD" FRIENDS, ENJOYING THE PARADE, AND VIEWING DOCUMENTS DEAR TO OUR COUNTRY ARE WAYS WE SPENT INDEPENDENCE DAY 2009
37: DC FIREWORKS: | A CRAZY, CROWDED, BUT UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. SOME WATCHED FROM THE STREET WHILE OTHERS WENT TO THE SHOW.
38: AFTER LITTLE REST, TIRED TRAVELERS HEAD TO PHILAPELPHIA... WHERE THE SUBWAYS WERE A LITTLE DIRTY AND SCARY, BUT THE ENTERTAINMENT MADE UP FOR IT!
39: Constructed between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania, it is considered a fine example of Georgian architecture. From 1775 to 1783 (except for the winter of 1777 - 1778 when Philadelphia was occupied by the British Army) this was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. It was in the Assembly Room of this building that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In the same room the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. | ROOMS WHERE THE EARLY LEADERS MET TO DISCUSS OUR GOVERNMENT
41: AHH... THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF PHILADELPHIA AND HOPE YOU TOOK THE TIME TO TASTE THIER PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS TOO!
43: THOUGH "SOME" OF US WERE BEAT FROM ALL THE WALKING EARLIER IN THE DAY, THOSE THAT WENT TO THE PHILLIES GAME HAD A GRAND OLD TIME. HERE WE ALSO SEE FAMILY SPORTING THE PHILLIES T-SHIRTS GRANDMA & GRANDPA GOT US ALL.
44: ON TO FAYETTE, NY AND THE PETER WHITMER FARM - THE PLACE WHERE THE 1ST CHURCH MEETING WAS HELD. | THIS WAS A SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP FOR MANY. THE VISITOR'S CENTER HAD A SPECIAL SPIRIT. THE UPPER ATTIC OF THE HOUSE SHOWED WHERE JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATED SOME OF BOOK OF MORMON.
45: WE EXPLORED PALMYRA PRINT PRESS, MUSEUM STORES, AND FINALLY HAD A BITE TO EAT. WE NOTICED THE BIG CHURCHES ON THE CORNERS THAT WERE THERE FROM JOSEPH'S BOYHOOD. FROM THERE WE TRAVELED TO OUR HOTEL ANXIOUS TO GO TO THE SACRED GROVE THE NEXT DAY.
46: THE SACRED GROVE
50: A FEW LAST SHOTS FROM THE END OF OUR JOURNEY
51: THANK YOU GRANDMA AND GRANDPA FOR THE AMAZING MEMORIES