Editor's note: Chattanooga resident Christian Lanier, a delegate to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, will send blogs and photos to the Times Free Press, highlighting his experiences at the event.
Name: Christian Lanier
B.A., Political Science, Vanderbilt University
School of Law, J.D., University of Memphis
By Christian Lanier, Republican National Convention delegate
We’ve arrived at the Ramada in Bloomington, Minn., Convention home for the Tennessee Delegation. The drive up was great — we saw a number of places we'll stop on the trip home. The Lincoln Museum and home site in Springfield, Ill., is a must for us Republicans. I've been there when I was 9 or 10, but Pam hasn't been there before.
Buffalo Bill's museum (around Davenport, Iowa) would be fun to see — my daughter and I had a few parts in “Annie Get Your Gun” (Buffalo Bill ran the Wild West Show in which she starred) at St. Luke's Methodist Church a couple of years ago and that would be interesting to see. Robert Frost and Herbert Hoover also have homes/museums up this way.
Around Mason, Iowa, we saw windmill farms like those being touted by T. Boone Pickens. One of the upcoming receptions is by a sun and wind coalition. These windmills would be really tough on Don Quixote!
The best road sign we saw was for a town in southern Minnesota off I-35: “Clinton Falls.” I love “Operation Chaos”!