We left Indy around 6am!
So on our way to Lincoln's Log Cabin, Jimmy spots these signs that say "World's Largest Golf Tee ahead" -- so naturally we had to stop. This little town in Casey, IL is the home to not only the Golf Tee, but the World's Largest Wind Chime and soon to be the World's Largest Rocking Chair...seriously. Anyway, it was a fun quick stop and made us feel pretty legit in the eyes of the road trip gods.
We left Indy by 7am to begin our long trek for the 4th of July. We had two major stops that we were going to pin our way down to Tulsa, OK. Our first stop was Lincoln's log cabin. Eliot loves Abraham Lincoln, and even got a time magazine dedicated to everything Lincoln for his birthday. It was his favorite present :-). The cabin was tucked way into the deep of Illinois corn fields and farms. Once we were there, they had the whole farm set up like it would have been back in his time. Although this was actually Lincoln's dad's house (Abraham was already in his 30's when his dad bought this)- it was still a place that Lincoln visited often and it was a really fun and historical stop for us and the kids.
After the Log Cabin we stopped at a local gas station and ate outside next to car-- this has turned out to become quite the norm for us now. We pull in somewhere make lunch out of the back of the fit and hang out at a gas station while we eat ;) Then we headed to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri. The GPS took us the the opposite end of the city and it was PACKED there because of the holiday. We finally figured out where we were going and walked to get the tickets to the arch (free thanks to our purchase of the National Parks Pass) and then walked a mile to the arch. When we got there it was hotter then blazes and tons of people waiting to take the ride up to the top. We didn't splurg for the ride because of our time crunch -- so really we got to see the arch up close-- which was cool-- but probably only worth checking out if have the time to go for the ride to the top. So we hiked back to the car and then hit the road for Tulsa.
Fire Works and Steak and Shake
So now we were heading to Tulsa and trying to get in at a reasonable hour. During the drive we stopped for awesome shakes and saw great fireworks from all over-- it was an amazing lights display. We finally got in around 10:30 and had an early morning turn around so we got in and crashed!