• 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

    When People Fly circa 1964

    In the fall of 1964 my parents were not yet married. Dad had been attending Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. Mother was secretary at that Bible college. This is where they met. They were planning their wedding for March 1965. Mother's parents and her baby sister Rachel, who was 4 months old at the time, flew from Ft. Smith,…

  • Adventures

    When People Fly

    As you may have noticed, we are big fans of road trips. Flying? Not so much. In fact, my family of four had never flown anywhere together until this past weekend. We’ve flown individually and in twos and threes, but never all four at once. Current circumstances are such that it just made sense this summer for us to fly,…

  • 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
    Adventures

    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
    Homeschooling

    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…