• Heritage

    Oregon Trail Pioneers

    When I was a little girl I was obsessed with pioneer stories. I suspect this interest was first piqued with the Little House on the Prairie books. For awhile I read everything I could get my hands on about covered wagons and westward expansion.

  • Adventures

    National Parks

    Seeing America has kind of been the theme of our travel destinations for many years. Granted, it has mostly been the American West because that's where we live, but any time we have the opportunity for a road trip we seek out historical or natural points of interest to learn more about our country.

  • Adventures

    In Which We Visit Yellowstone…

    In Which We Visit Yellowstone and Take Very Few Pictures! I'm working on compiling a list of museums, national parks, and other points of interest we have visited as a family. As I was working on my list I realized that a few important places were missing from my blog. For example, I knew we had visited Yellowstone. I couldn't…

  • Heritage

    Road Trip circa 1952 – Part 2

    This is the second installment of my transcription of some cassette tapes I recorded in the early 1990s. This one is of my mother telling of a 26-day road trip her family took in 1952 when she was 10 years old.

  • Heritage

    Road Trip circa 1952 – Part 1

    Recently I came across a batch of cassette tapes that I had recorded in the early 1990s. There are several of my Granddaddy telling stories about his life. As I'm getting these priceless treasures digitized I thought it would be fun to share some of the stories here. One story Granddaddy told was of a 26-day road trip they took…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

    When I was a little girl learning to read–just emerging into chapter books–one of my favorite authors was Beverly Cleary. Did you love her books, too? Lyle did. In fact, I dug out his boyhood copy of Ribsy especially for this post. (That’s Sits posing with Ribsy. If you aren’t acquainted with Sits you can learn more about him here.)…

  • Grand Tetons

    Five Day Road Trip

    This past weekend we had a very quick road trip to Colorado and back. We spent a lot of hours in the car but Lyle planned two different routes going and coming so we enjoyed a wide variety of scenery along the way. Our Route Travel Stats Destination: Lakewood, Colorado Number of days: 5 Miles traveled: approximately 2,250 States Idaho…

  • How to create a travel notebook

    How to Create a Travel Notebook

    Our plans this Memorial Day weekend include a much-too-short road-trip. Sort of a mini-vacation but with not enough time to do all the things we’d like to do. On trips like these, where we’ll be spending many hours in the car, I like to plan travel notebooks for the kids specific to the route we have planned. When my girls…

  • Adventures

    Winter Adventure

    Our Christmas celebration didn’t exactly come together as planned this year. Or maybe I should say that our Christmas plans evolved and changed quickly from day to day during the month of December. It was definitely a non-traditional Christmas. We ended up making a very fast trip to Denver for the Christmas weekend. We had thought we would take off…

  • Adventures,  Lifestyle

    Heading into Winter

    We’ve been living in the “shadow lands” for weeks now. Short gray days and long dark nights. And that’s just fall. Which is why I am have been looking forward to the winter solstice. Because: more daylight. Random thought. Even though Jesus was most likely NOT born on December 25, I think it’s appropriate we celebrate His coming as the…