Wednesday, July 13th we finished packing the back of the 4-Runner, attached the U-haul trailer (which took four of us standing on the back to do it) and headed out.
|Disclaimer: A lot of my pictures are taken from inside the car.|
|Wyoming had a lot of windmills and I found them very serene.|
|We hit some heavy rain just after Rock Springs, WY|
|The rock formations were cool.|
|I hope you guessed Nebraska.|
Thursday, July 14th we got out to the car and Jeff realized that he had left the driver's side window down the whole night! Some of his most valuable stuff was inside the 4-Runner. Nothing had been touched. The drivers side was up against a fence and I don't think anyone had even looked. Thank goodness!
Right before we crossed into Iowa I realized we were pretty close to the Winter Quarter's temple so we took a detour and went and found it.
Right after that little detour we entered Iowa. I think Iowa has more corn than Nebraska does. It also had very picturesque farms along the road.
That evening about 6 pm we made it to Nauvoo, IL. We teased my Mom and told her we had gotten a late start so she wasn't expecting us as soon as we got there. Her and Neal had the night off. So they fed us dinner and then drove us around Nauvoo. I wish I could have taken pictures of the firefly's. I love them, they fascinate me! In fact we hit one in the car and the guts glowed on the windshield for a minute. Only bug I felt bad about killing.
|The mighty Mississippi at sunset.|
Friday, July 15th, my Mom and Neal were busy so Jeff and I went to Carthage. The minute we stepped out of the car I could feel the spirit there. We of course took the tour so we got to see the jail and the room where Joseph Smith was last alive. It really did make everything I have heard since I was little a lot more real.
That night we got to see "Rendezvous". It is the cute little play that the older missionaries perform. We of course saw the one that my Mom and Neal were stars in. I loved it!!
|We were lucky enough to get pictures with some of the cast. :)|
|This was their big scene as Jed and Annie.|
|Here the men are singing "We'll leave willingly, because we have to"|
Following that tour we were able to go to a little vignette that some of the pageant performers did. It was John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff and others that talked about the missions that they were called on and the sacrifices made. I felt like I was back in time. It was so touching. The spirit was so strong and it brought tears to my eyes.
After that we went and did a session at the the temple. It is a beautiful building inside and out.
I loved this one too!! It was so cute and a lot of fun. Then it was time to go to the pageant. There was a lot of people there. I ran into a guy that used to be in my singles ward in Cedar City. That was pretty random. The Pageant was so so good. I never wanted to go to Nauvoo in the middle of the summer because of the heat and the humidity. But I am so glad I got to see all the extra stuff that they have going on during July.
Sunday July 17th we went to church with my Mom and Neal. They only have sacrament meeting. I could get on board with that except it is at 8 am. They had a visiting authority that we got to hear speak. It was Elder Costa from the Presidency of the Seventy. After church we went and walked around the women's garden that is right by the visitor's center. It is really pretty.
We drove all the way through Illinois and Indiana that day. We were still seeing a lot of corn and soybeans. Somewhere in Ohio we ate at a yummy Italian place and we stopped for the night in Mansfield, Ohio. We stayed at a Fairfield Inn. I only mention this because it was way nicer than the place we stayed the first night and my bed was so comfortable! It was the best sleep I had had the whole trip thus far.
Monday, July 18th we drove some more. When we got to Pennsylvania we made it a