Two hours were allocated for the Eisenhower Presidential Library, if we were to make it to the Flying W Ranch for dinner in Colorado Springs.
That's not enough for a history buff but plenty of time for Mr. Intensity.
There were lots of things I learned from the Abilene, Kansas stop. A few of the most noteworthy are:
- Eisenhower's boyhood home is still there on the grounds. In fact, it was memorialized in 1945, when his mother died. Eight years before he became president, the Eisenhower Foundation was established.
- Wedding cake can survive for years, at least 80. See evidence below.
There's a piece of the Eisenhowers' cake in the bottom right of the picture, above. Also pictured is Mamie's wedding dress.
- Last, but not least, I learned that little boys much prefer climbing trees than visiting museums.