Sunday, May 08, 2011

Bears Across America: Clinton With A Suess On Top

Monday, April 18th is the third day of our family road trip to the wild west of America.   So far we have driven through 6 states, and today we added two more to our list: Louisiana and Arkansas

After getting a hearty breakfast we left Vicksburg MS and headed across the Mississippi River to Delta Louisiana to do some driving and some caching.

One of the first geocaches we found was at a small airport in Delta that was the birthplace of a major airline... guess which one?   :)

 We didn't spend a lot of time in Louisiana, but our route took us along the Mississippi River for a couple hours of amazing scenery.

Once we crossed the Arkansas line we went immediately from river to farm land.  After a quick pull-off into the edge of a farmers field to make some lunch, we continued on our way to Little Rock Arkansas.  Our destination?  The Clinton Presidential Library.

I always thought a presidential library was more of an honorary type of thing.  One thing I was not aware of is that every document a presidency generates belongs to the citizens of the United States, and after a president leaves office all those documents are stored in the presidents library.  So this means the Clinton library contains a copy of every document he generated, all 80 million of them.


The library also contains a private residency on the top floor where President Clinton and his Secret Service entourage can stay whenever he is in town, which apparently is quite often.

The library also contains a lot of Clinton stuff:  presents he received, clothes he wore, the car he was driven in, and a replica of the Oval Office laid out exactly as he had it.

While we were there the library was hosting an exhibit of Dr. Suess artwork.  Suess is an amazing artist, and one of my favourite poets, so it was cool to be immersed in the crazy genius that is Dr. Suess.  When I inevitably go crazy (I'm saving up to become eccentric!) I want to slip into a Suess themed delusion - it will be a lot of fun.

After the library (and grabbing the cache in the gardens behind the library) we continued on and spent the night in Russellville AR.

Some of you may be wondering how Zeke is holding up after 3 days on the road.  He has been fantastic.  He tends to get a bit cranky at the end of the day, but who doesn't? :)

He loves watching the traffic and scenery go by the car window, and sings along with the radio (he's off key - gets that from daddy).  Last night he spent some time practicing for when it is his turn to drive: