Saving money is one of my top priorities, so I do crazy things like bring my slow cooker on road trips.  For this trip, we brought a small crock and bought items at the grocery store each night to throw into the cooker while we slept.  We would wake up, eat our free hotel breakfast and then put our crock-pot into the trunk.  When lunch time approached, we would keep an eye out for a picnic spot, set ourselves up and eat a hot, homemade meal for lunch.

Dinner usually consisted of something inexpensive like a Subway sandwich.  The hotel breakfasts got old after a few days, but we decided that we would have to suffer through it.  There was no reason to spend money on breakfast when a free meal was available to us at the hotel, but we loved when the hotel would have hard boiled eggs and yogurt instead of the standard tasteless make-your-own waffle.

Day 2 started with us getting up early and heading to Springfield, IL where Lincoln Home National Historic Site is located.  We love the United States of America National Parks System.  Every single site we have visited have been full of wonderful information for the entire family.  My children love to do the Junior Ranger program at each site and collect the tiny plastic badges and patches from each new place they visit.


The Lincoln Home visitors center was interesting with a model of the neighborhood, a movie and several other things to read and look at.  First thing to do was to ask about getting a tour of the house where Lincoln lived as a grown man with his wife while he was practicing law in Illinois.  The tours leave from the street the visitors center is on, just a few yards down and are free.  You must obtain a ticket from the ranger desk at the visitors center to participate.  While we waited for our tour, we worked on the Junior Ranger badge paperwork that the children needed to fill out.  These badges are serious business and some of them have lots of information that needs to be completed.  Lincoln Home wasn’t too hard and my children completed the work in about an hour while we walked around the neighborhood and visited many of the historic buildings.


We took the tour of the Lincoln house and found it to be very charming.  All the rooms were small, but appointed with the upmost care.  My favorite room was the kitchen.  I really enjoy seeing kitchens because I spend so much of my day in mine!!


We loved Lincoln Home and thought it was an educational and entertaining way to spend a few hours.

We continued driving to our hotel in Washington, IL after our fun learning day.

Road Trip Day – 2

Driving Time – 4.5 hours

Accommodations – Sleep Inn & Suites, Washington, IL, indoor pool, hot breakfast

Cost – $88.48

Do-over wish list – I wish we had enough time to visit the zoo and a few days to visit Chicago.


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