Van's Back From Vacation

I totally geeked out at the Boeing Air and Space Museum in St. Louis. I got to spend hours learning more about the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

I took little Ethan and Chase Harden to the 'Women of Achievement Bridge' on the Des Moines River overlooking the dam. I took a picture of them and then they wanted to take a picture of me! 

I love courthouses, so you know I had to check out a few! 

I saw this strange trail and it got me curious! Anybody know what it is? There are no disc golf goals and no sign of vehicles and far to bumpy for a walking trail. 

Being a lover of history and a teacher of Bible and comparative religion, I stopped in Nauvoo, Illinois. It's a town of 1,100 people and was founded by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as they worked their way west. 

It's a beautiful Mississippi River town and it was a beautiful sunny day. I went to the visitors' center and several historic sights. I went to the temple, which is an amazing huge white building on top of the hill overlooking the river. Being a small town kid myself, I found it amazing to see a structure like this in such a small town. I went in the temple entrance and there was a big desk, like a hotel lobby. After a couple moment a man approached me and asked if I had a "temple recommend." I said I had one from the highest source possible, Jesus himself. He said I needed a recommendation from a Mormon Church so I wouldn't be able to go in. He did give me a pamphlet that showed me pictures of some of the rooms inside, and then I traveled on. 

Saw this framed in a local store and I thought it was pretty cool!

Van and Bonnie in the Morning

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