Once again, we find ourselves on a road trip – this time traveling north and watching the leaves turn from green to their alluring autumn red, orange, and yellow.  One of my favorite things about traveling with the kids are our unexpected side trips along our journey.

The boys were starting to get antsy and they needed to stretch their legs.  We stopped for a bathroom break and while I was listening to the boys laugh loudly in the men’s restroom and wondering if I should crack the door open to tell them to settle down and finish up, I noticed an advertisement on the rest stop hallway wall for “Looking for Lincoln” trail.  I looked it up on my phone while I was waiting for the boys and found it was less than five minutes away.  We’re goin’ Road Scholaring!

We lifted the latch to the old, historic door and entered the grand hallway to the Old State Capitol building.  It was built in the 1800’s and Abraham Lincoln gave his first speech against slavery in this building.  The four of us casually walked through the hallways, peeking through the doorways of all the rooms.  We talked about the use of candles because they didn’t have electricity, the use of quills instead of pens, the wood burning stove in the middle of the room for heat, and the jobs the people did in these rooms.

The boys were inquisitive and attentive as I explained each of the rooms to them but the moment we left the building…they were off and running.  It was one of the few times I didn’t mind they just ran off from me.  There was a large yard outside the state building and they desperately needed to burn off some energy before they buckled up again in the car for another few hours of driving.  This is such a fun way to stretch our legs and it only added about 30 minutes to our trip.