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Sep 30, 2012 - Columbia, MO to Urbana/Champaign, Illinois

Got a later start then usual, this morning. Headed east on I 70 for a little bit, then went north on Route 54. We continue to see much of the land used for agriculture. In fact, a sign advertised that Audrian County is THE capital of Missouri Biofuel...can attest to all the corn being grown. Went past a flashing sign saying "Harvest Season. Watch for farm equipment" AND just beyond the sign we encountered a VERY large piece of machinery! Loved the pink building campus...yep, makes sense that it was built with women in mind! Just as we...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Urbana with Counsins Liz and Carl

We had a VERY NICE visit with Liz and Carl... With time to spend a day in Springfield (visited the home of Abraham Lincoln and the new Lincoln museum), and to chat and walk in their lovely park and enjoy good food on their screened porch and at local farms and restaurants :-), to renew contact with their son, William, who is living with them and working on apps for smart phones. We went shopping and found an outfit for Dana's wedding, we read and and slept and even played a game... It was a lovely pause....

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Sep 12, 2011 - St. Louis, MO and on to Illinois

Monday we left Columbia and drove to St. Louis MO to the Gateway Arch. I had no idea how beautiful it would be. 630’ tall and 630’ wide the structure was finished in 1965 and the visitor’s center and trams in 1968. It was considered a tribute to Jefferson’s support of the Louisiana Purchase which was the opening up of the west. The goal in the structure was for it to embrace the simplicity of other national monuments, and the sense of St. Louis being a gateway to the west. The outside is stainless steel and glistens in the sun… While at the...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Down Memory Lane

We got going fairly early this morning and headed back to the University of Illinois campus. Our first stop was the Student Union building which is at the center of life on campus. It was built in the 20s and is very beautiful inside and out. We had coffee and a scone as Jerry remembered the good old days when he drank coffee in these hallowed halls. Today almost everyone has a laptop or ipad and a cell phone next to them, a tv is on in the background and the coffee shop has multiple choices of coffee. Downstairs there are various fast food...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Return to the University of Illinois

It started to rain during the night and was still raining when we woke up. The rain turned to showers and by 11 a.m., the rain was light enough to leave our campsite. We drove 190 miles north on I 57 and are now just outside of Champagne-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, Jerry's alma mater. We drove around the campus for a little while this afternoon and will go back tomorrow to see some more. Jerry enjoyed seeing his old Architecture Building where he had more classes than any where else. We went into a lecture hall after a class...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Urbana with Michele

It was a damp, overcast morning and Intellicast forecast rain for most of the day Sunday in Urbana. It wasn’t raining at 9:00, so Michèle and I headed out to see more of Urbana. We started by going past Urbana High School which looks just the same from the front. We took my picture in front of a famous statue of Abraham Lincoln, where I’d had a picture of me taken 35 years ago, right after I graduated with my PhD. We headed north to find my father’s grave, which I hadn’t been to in years. As it turned out, I drove in the correct entrance...

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Sep 5, 2009 - More Urbana Memories

This weekend was more days immersed in hometown Urbana memories. I am staying with my first husband’s mother, Michèle Miller, and oh-la-la, I am having a wonderful time with her. We started the day on Saturday with a cup of tea at breakfast. She and I always drank tea together, and I was a tea drinker when I met Steve. We looked at pictures after breakfast, catching her up on the ranch and culinary school. I drove over to the Whitt’s house, where I baked an almond cake and helped Dixie with an incredible salad made of millet (boiled in...

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Sep 4, 2009 - Urbana and the University of Illinois

Friday, I drove from Springfield to Urbana to meet my major professor, Dr. Gregory Whitt. I did my PhD dissertation research in his laboratory in Morrill Hall at the University of Illinois. I had graduated in 1974 and we had seen each other only a couple of times in the intervening years. Many things had changed on campus and Greg took me on a walking tour to show me what was different. Another trip down memory lane as I walked past Noyes Lab where I took chemistry classes, the Student Union, Altgeld Hall, the undergraduate library where I...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Sioux Falls and into Dayton

We passed a very enjoyable week visiting friends and relatives in Sioux Falls and Dell Rapids. We also had five days of rain; Sioux Falls set all types of records for rainfall this week. All in all an interesting week. Only bad thing is that I did not get a chance to photograph the Falls after all the rain. We had what appeared to be a break in the weather and decided to head for Dayton. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a number of Janet's classmates. I think I may have had more fun than Janet. They are just delightful. We also managed to...

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