Day 290! The Hubster and I drove up to Good Templar Park in Geneva to see the Viking ship. I have wanted to see this since the first time I heard about it. It was built specifically for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. 12 Brave Norwegians sailed it across the ocean and across the Erie Canal to get it to Chicago. During the trip they hit a storm and they had to bail water for 30 hours straight. It was all very fascinating to hear about the ship. While there I bought a book written by one of the Crew. I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s amazing how the Friends of the Viking Ship have been able to save it and keep its history alive. It is a bit sad to hear how while it sat in Lincoln Park for a while items were removed and taken and could be hidden in someone’s basement or attic. The Dragon Head and tail were at some point restored, but they reside at the Field Museum in Chicago, until the Friends of the Viking can raise enough money to make a permanent, climate controlled home for the ship. We did our part today. If you live in the area go check it out, but you’ll have to wait until 2017, today was the last day to visit this year. The Docents are all volunteers. You can see how much they love this ship. They know it’s story, it’s life and they share it with great wisdom to anyone who will listen! Go do something new.

http://www.vikingship.us/

 

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About jlturtlerunner

12 plus Years Surviving Stage IV Oral Cancer. I have become a "Turtle" runner since that diagnosis, as a way of saying, "Take That Sucker!" After 12 years of being a Turtle Runner, I'm adding a new title, Turtle Rucker!

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