Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nauvoo - Smith Homes and Pageant

Tuesday morning we had one more stop to make before getting into Nauvoo.
After eating a great breakfast at our hotel we made the drive out to Adam-ondi-Ahman. I knew nothing about this place until our visit and when I searched for a link for my post just discovered there is a whole hymn written about it. Who knew :-)? It was absolutely gorgeous there and the kids enjoyed exploring a bit before we got back on the road.
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love this picture :-)...these two have really been little buddies on the trip :-)
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FINALLY, Nauvoo!!! I was feeling so ready to arrive and check out everything I had heard so much about. We had to cut about half a day out of this part of our trip due to the RV issues and it's too bad because I think it would have been the perfect amount of time there. The one thing I had really wanted to do that we ended up missing was the wagon tour, but we did luck out that our trip coincided with the Nauvoo pageant.
We stopped into the visitor's center for some information and then quickly made our way over to the Joseph Smith homes tour to catch the last one of the day. The homes are owned by the Community of Christ and the difference in the spirit at their visitor's center and disposition of the workers there was incredibly stark. Our tour guide was great though and very knowledgeable about the history of the Smiths while in Nauvoo.
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Preston found the shade of the Homestead Home to relax in during the tour :-)
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the mansion house...we toured inside of this one
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By this time we were starving! There aren't a lot of food options in Nauvoo which I found surprising considering the amount of visitors they get. We ate, hung out on the temple grounds for a bit and then headed down the hill for the pageant.
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Ella rode in Chrissy and Zach's car during most of the way to Nauvoo and really got to know Mac better :-).
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The best I got of a cousin picture...and this is with some photo-shopping :-)! Most of them were more like the second one.
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Before the pageant began they had tons of cute activities set up for the kids to do that were popular in the era that the saints were in Nauvoo. We didn't have much time, but did as many as we could before heading to our seats. Oh, and I don't think I've mentioned yet that it was HOT in Nauvoo!!! As in, it felt like Houston hot! We were dripping with sweat all evening :-).
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Ella was still with Chrissy, Zach and Chloe so she is missing from these fun pictures.
We tried to have Dustin ride in the carriage too and he wanted NOTHING to do with it! :-)
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Notice Preston's empty sack...he gave up quickly, haha :-)!
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One year when I was growing up my grandfather made me, Mack and Kayley all stilts just like this and I was excited to see if I could still do it. After watching all the kids trying it I now realize what weirdos we must have looked like all walking around our driveway with them :-), but we loved them!
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And then it was time for the pageant! I wasn't sure what exactly to expect but was hoping for something as well done as the Hill Cumorah pageant but on a smaller scale and I think that's exactly what it was! I'm so glad we were able to be there for it.
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We hurried to our car and started making our way to our hotel. Since we made it last minute, it was a little drive from the heart of Nauvoo and it was already nearly 11pm. We were making good progress and were getting closer when we got stuck on this draw bridge across the Mississippi River. The ship coming through was far away and moving S-L-O-W!!! We could not figure out who decided that the bridge needed to be raised so early. We were stopped at least 30 minutes and when it was so late already it really was a nightmare. Then we got to our room and there was only bed so all the kids had to sleep on the floor. Not our best night on the road :-). All of those factors led to us not being up and ready early enough to tickets for the horse wagon tour the next morning, but what can you do? All in all it was another successful and busy day of sight-seeing!
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2 comments:

Cheryl Joy said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! It's so sweet that Addie and Preston are getting along so well during your trip- that must be so nice for you! :) Mark and I want to go on a trip to visit ground zero in New York City and then go see the Hill Cumorah pageant one day. I hope you guys are having a wonderful time! I'm impressed that you are blogging from the road! :) xoxo!

Laurie said...

We went to Nauvoo too! I love that place, and the pageant was amazing!!