Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Road Trip

We recently made a trip to Lindsborg. This has become an annual trip at least for the last couple of years. The story goes that my sister-in-love and brother-in-love took a trip there to stay overnight at a bed and breakfast. They brought back a Swedish holiday drink that is kind of like root beer. Stephen liked it so much, he has gone back for the last two years to get some! Jesstine has made this trip with us both times as well! It is a little more than an hour's drive North and a little West of here. So, here are a few pictures from our trip!

Our first stop was Old Mill Park. There is an old mill in Lindsborg. We haven't actually gone to the museum because we are holding off for when it has some meaning for Jesstine. There is a park real close by. We thought it would be a good idea to start there and let Jesstine stretch her legs a little!

She loved the bridge!

A blast from the past for Stephen and I. We loved that she was able to enjoy the same kind of merry-go-round we grew up playing on.

And of course the swing!

This train was behind the park. Jesstine was SO excited to see it. She took a look, thought it was cool and then ran off to do something else!

The train was located at the back of this little square called "Heritage Square." It is much like a place we have here called, "Old Cowtown." Again, we were only guessing on that. We didn't actually go in because we didn't think Jesstine could really appreciate it yet.

After playing at the park, we drove through downtown a little. Then we went out from town about 3 miles to a place called Coronado Heights. It's the hill in the distance with the castle on it. Of course wouldn't you know, I forgot the camera so I had to resort to the one on my phone with no zoom capability!

A statue erected close to the beginning of the trip up the hill. It said "Coronado, 1541" on it. It had the date 1988 on the other side though. We are assuming that is when it was erected.

A little better view of the castle.

One of the lookout points complete with picnic table and chimineah.

There were all sorts of etchings in the sandstone rocks. This one caught our eye as funny!

Another lookout point.

Side view of the castle. The website said this was built in 1932 as a part of the WPA. Here is the front of the castle.

Here are my favorite people getting ready to make the trek to the top of the castle by way of the staircase to the left (their right).
Here is the inside of the first floor complete with cool wooden beams and more picnic tables for entertaining.
Here we are at the top! At this point Jesstine just wanted to run around.
View from the top.

View down the staircase.

A little chimineah outside and a little to the west of the castle.

The stone gates at the entrance.

Getting ready to eat her McDonald's on the trip home. (Note to Kara and Johnna: These are the two princesses she chose for the car trip!)

And here is what we traveled all the way to Lindsburg for! Christmas Soda or "Grandpa Lindquist's Scandinavian Julmust."

In Him,

The Hutchins

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