Friday, June 17, 2016


I'm heading west, again.  I have been traveling along I-20 and last night I landed in Abilene, Texas.  Today I took in some of the sights.  First, I stopped at a museum called FRONTIER TEXAS!  This museum covered the history of the area with interactive displays and a very good surround movie in the circular theater.  The historical information on display was well done.  Outside the museum was a grassy park with giant buffalo weather vanes over to one side.  As the wind blew the buffaloes moved with a loud groaning sound.  Today it was windy on the plains and the temperature was about 100. 

After leaving the museum I took a tour of the Grace building.  It is a restored hotel that has been                              renovated and now houses an art gallery.  Three floors of art!!  Perfect.   No pictures allowed.

Abilene has the distinction of being named the storybook capital of Texas and it is home to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.  I walked through the gallery filled with illustrations taken from children's books.  This month the featured illustrator is Mark Teague.  Around the downtown area the city has placed a variety of sculptures as part of the Storybook Sculpture Project.  Follow the map and you will see some very interesting sights.  Be sure to look high and low and don't forget to look in the hidden places like planters and bushes.  The above sculpture is entitled Duck on a Bike from the book of the same name.

            Dinosaur Bob from the book Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo.

                                 No, David! and Fergus from the book David Gets in Trouble.

                                                    The Lorax from the Dr. Seuss book.

Sanderson Mansnoozie from the book The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie.  He is the guardian of dreams and it is his job to give sweet dreams to kids with magical dream sand at night.

                          History and art and a scavenger hunt all it the same day.  What fun for me!!

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