After camping in the state park I headed to the state capitol of Illinois: Springfield!
As with all capitals, they have a capitol building:
And as I walked around downtown I found that they had a very strong theme here: Abe Lincoln. He has a statue on the capitol grounds:
He has a library, a house, a street, an entire historical block dedicated to him. In fact, the man himself still resides in the city, in this building:
Underneath this rock:
His visage is everywhere in the city. At first I kept snapping up pictures of him. But soon his likeness was so ingrained in every part of the streets that I became desensitized to him. Soon I was off looking at flowers painted on the wall:
I enjoyed checking out the skyline (well… kind of):
And I even caught a snap or two of some other folks:
I hung out at the lake for a bit and saw the power plant:
I also got to hang out with one of Courtney’s good friends for a few hours at the bar where he works. Charlie and I chatted in between conversations with a babbling financial advisor, and the occasional zombie coming into the room.
Overall I quite enjoyed spending a few days in this town. But my time was up, I had a gal to meet in St. Louis.