Dad came with me on my trip (he wanted to spend some time at the National Cathedral and the National Archives). It was good having a traveling companion along.
I had never been to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial before.
While I was in Illinois last week to see Cahokia Mounds, I also stopped at a few other historic places.
Yesterday I returned home from a vacation, the main point of which was to visit Cahokia Mounds, in south-western Illinois (about 13 miles east of St Louis).
Cahokia Mounds are the remnants of a native civilization that at one time, was probably home to 10,000-20,000 people.
While I was in Washington DC, I was able to do a little sight seeing.
For those of you unfamiliar with mandalas (and since the librarian in me is compelled to look things up), the Columbia Encyclopedia offers the following definition:
My favorite part of my camping trip last week, was a visit to Effigy Mounds National Monument. Located across the Mississippi River (in Iowa) and about 15 miles north of Wyalusing, Effigy Mounds National Monument has over 195 mounds built by native peoples between 750 and 1,600 years ago. These earthen mounds probably had a strong religious significance for those who built them. Probably a means of connecting the people to the land, the spirit world, and their ancestors. In fact, some were used for burial purposes.
When we were in Washington D.C., my father and I stayed at the dorm of the College of Preachers next to the Washington National Cathedral. It was nice going back to a local, quiet neighborhood at the end of every day, away from the hustle and bustle of the mall.