Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Break 2014 - Nauvoo and St. Louis

By Spring Break Todd had accepted the Questar offer.  We tried to think of things we hadn't done yet, but wanted to while we were still here. Nauvoo was the only place we hadn't managed to visit. We've been pretty adventurous.  We've visited Nashville, Louisville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Gatlinburg, Chicago, Orlando...not many regrets.  But I do wish we would have hit the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. 
Anyway, off to Nauvoo! 
It is about a six hour drive. We stopped half way in St. Louis and went to City Museum one last time. 

There were very few visitors at Nauvoo, so we got plenty of attention from all the sweet missionaries.
Great lighting in the visitors center-

We started with a wagon ride through the city. Got a little background information on all the buildings and attractions.

At the Family Living Center we learned how our Mormon ancestors lived in the 1800's, how they made bread, candles, pottery, rope, rugs, wagons, horse shoes and bricks. 

It really was amazing to learn how hard working and resourceful the pioneers were. 

 Had to get cold root beer at Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store-

At my Great, Great, Great Grandpa Yearsley's home right below the temple. 

On Sunday morning we drove to Carthage, but nothing was "open" until later in the day and we needed to hit the road.  It was still cool to go see the jail, read all the monuments, and walk around a bit.

On our way home we stopped at the St. Louis Temple and the Arch, since last time we didn't get to ride to the top. 



I love these little traveling buddies.  They are troopers!

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