Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 25 (Spearfish Falls &Oregon Trail Ruts)

Day 25
We left the little town of Beulah, Wyoming

and were on our way to Spearfish Canyon.

One of the best drives in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We stopped at 3 different waterfalls at Spearfish Falls. It was a warm sunny day and the wildflowers were in full bloom along the trails to the Falls.

Along with the biggest Dandelions we have ever seen!

Daddy had to make a few business calls so the kids and I played by a near by stream.

We made flower crowns and danced around like fairies...

and made wishes...

Guess who met up with us again at Spearfish Falls.....???

The Lundy5!

We hiked, picked berries, and said our goodbyes......

We have met so many wonderful friends on our trip, we just hate all the goodbyes!

We plan to meet up with the Lundy's in California.

Picking raspberries and mommy can make some jam.
Looking at the beautiful waterfalls....

Finley, which way to the next fall?

Again, Margie has some great pictures up on her Slideshow of our trip to Spearfish Falls....

After saying our goodbyes we headed to Nebraska and they headed towards Yellowstone.

On our way to Nebraska we saw fields of Black eyed susans......

for miles....and miles.........

We listened to Oregon Trail stories on audio books...

Then we arrived at the Oregon Trail Ruts late that afternoon.

The Oregon Trail Ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River.

Close to Guerney, Wyoming. ( I think) I'm getting better at my US geography...

my dad would be proud:)

Actually all of us are, even the kids!

Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge here during its heavy usage from 1841-1869

We even saw old trail graffiti.
Since we have been studying the Oregon Trail, this was such a neat thing for the kids to see.
Reading about things in books and then actually seeing it in person, makes them so much more interested!
Remember those Oregon Trail computer games we use to play in school? ha!
Those were my favorite, but seeing this way really neat!
I love to read up on the history of the Oregon Trail, very interesting!

Going to see more Oregon Trails...

We arrived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
We read some books about children on the trail.
Had chicken pot pie and tucked the kids into bed.


The Lundys said...

Very fun! Roadschooling rocks! :) Glad I got to see the pics since we went a different way, so cool! And wonderful pics by the stream!!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

My son loved the pictures of the Oregon trail. We have read a few books and played the game on my ipod. :) And, since we're into "Little House" right now, those pictures showed them that it's actually real. Have fun and be safe!!

Anonymous said...

If you come through Des Moines, Ia Living History Farms is a must visit place. It's pretty hot here right now, but it's our favorite field trip!

Jill said...

I love these pictures! Wishing I was traveling too! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love you life...Finley is growing right before our eyes (yours too :-))
so enjoy this journey with you all...

Love ya,

Your Big Sis!

Beloved's Bride Carmen said...

Love the Roadschooling pictures! We also school on the road a good bit! We also collect the Jr Ranger Badges at the Parks too! It is a fabulous fun way to learn.

I hope you continue to have a safe a wonderful school year!

Happy Roadschooling!

Alice ~ writer, dreamer, traveller ~ said...

Hi there, thanks for the contact... I always love to meet other people living a freer life :-) We are no longer permanently 'on the road' but I guess you could say that we are now permanently 'on the water road' as we have finally settled on our boat... I love how life takes us to unexpected places when we let it lead us... I'll email shortly! Alice x

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Sounds like fun!!! We might just need to stop at some of those place on our way home from this trip to TX and LA.