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UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, our hope was for both of us to go to a nursing conference in Lebanon, MO on our way West towards CA and then onto HI after selling both vehicles and loading our stuff into a 20′ shipping container in CA.

YESTERDAY, Aug 15, we decided that it would be easier to ship everything if a 40′ container was loaded here in IL and the vehicles (a 14′ moving truck and a 6’x10′ trailer) were sold here.

This opens up a lot more possibilities, packing and sorting time, and flexibility for when we leave. This could be a good thing, but I have noticed that we do really well with goals in front of us.

We would both still love to attend the conference (Sept. 4-8). We would then come back, finish packing the 40′ container, and send it on its way to Hawaii toward the end of September.

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Today, Saturday, Aug 3, is our first full day in IL. Our good friend Bob Easton picked us up from Bradley University in the wee hours of the morning. Mark’s mom Evelyn picked us up from Bob’s place and we went to the Peoria Riverfront Museum to see the Ansel Adams exhibit.

I (Rachel) have never enjoyed an exhibit so much as this one. Mark also says this is one of the best exhibits he has seen. We loved reading all the captions for each photo! We loved how appreciative and supportive Ansel’s dad was. Ansel was bored in school, and his dad allowed him to go to the San Francisco exposition fair daily for a year as a 13 year old boy. Ansel also entertained ideas of being a concert pianist before he latched on to photography. His dad was supportive of both. As a 14 year old, he pleaded with his family to take a family vacation in 1916 to Yosemite. He went back every year of his life.

While at the Museum, we saw the 3D movie “Sea Monsters” about giant prehistoric water creatures. Very interesting!! We also saw 2 planetarium shows: “Perfect Little Planet” and “Night Sky in Peoria”.

Got home to the Singing Woods and greeted the property Mark grew up on. Got to the “Burrow” (the name of our bedroom where we sleep) and uncovered and made the bed. We are in Evelyn’s house now and it is time to make dinner. On TV is black and white big band songs, a fundraiser show. Mark looks asleep in the big mechanical chair. 🙂

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