Trip Start May 03, 2009
12Trip End May 18, 2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009 -- On The Way Home
We're in Alton, IL, on the last leg of our journey. Alton is just across the Mississippi from St. Louis and is my Mom's home town, also where Dad met her in 1943 and married her in 1945. We had a very gratifying afternoon today, taking our video camcorder to various family-related locations to see how they've changed over the years and also to a couple historic sites, such as the place where Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen A. Douglas on the issue of slavery. Alton has built a fine commemorative plaza with life-size statues of each man at the spot where the debate took place before a crowd of six thousand in October, 1858.
While this trip has been relatively problem-free, we had a little scare on a hot, dry, lonely strip of road outside Gallup, New Mexico last week
We have met amigos everywhere we've gone on this trip. Not only has it been great to meet and talk with people like them, doing so can restore your faith in humanity. It's also wonderful to think about what we've seen in the past two weeks: everything from towns big and small, diners that have been serving up great food and great conversation for 50 or more years, to the beach at Santa Monica, mind-boggling natural wonders at places like Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks, places where humans lived 12,000 years ago and a magical place called Santa Fe
Dave And Paul Schwan
"I can see the road is bending...I wonder what's around the bend."