Scottsbluff is a memorable land mark of the Oregon Trail.
We learned about William Henry Jackson.
A pioneering photographer who captured the first images of Yellowstone and the Tetons.
We got to see some of his work.
We imagined we were on the Oregon Trail with the pioneers...
Sometimes I feel as if we are on the Oregon Trail in this RV ha!
We listened to this man tell us about different things they used on the Oregon Trail.
Soak a rusty nail in vinegar and drink it. It would help with headaches.
Whiskey was used for pain killers and cleaners.
Rose water was used for skin softener.
Peppermint was used for tummy aches.
And of course Castor oil was what the mommy ordered when kids were sick!
We enjoyed a small hike, kids finished their ranger booklets, Landen got bit by a dog(not hard he's ok), watched a movie on the bluffs, read about how they buried people alive that caught cholera and the kids added another badge to their road jackets.
We drove to the capitol in Denver, Colorado
Rocky Flats Nuclear Workers protest.
An unexpected learning lesson!
We took the ski lifts up and flew down the mountain on sleds....
No trip to the Colorado Springs area is complete without a stop at the Garden of the Gods!
Of course the kids did the Jr. Ranger program and then we drove through the garden.
We painted our faces with the red dirt and hiked a bit....
Then soon everyone had to have a picture "holding up" the rock:)
We also are a big fan of the Drive Thru History.
The older ones studying their scripts for the Odyssey taping.
Landen got to do the sound effects with the help of Daddy
Austin as Casey
We ended our day with reading some really neat books in the reading center....