Rather than continue to sit around and watch Mom work, the kids and me are heading northward next week up to the North Platte River in NW Nebraska to see parts of the emigrant trails taken westward by over 1/2 million homesteaders, 49-ers, trappers, Mormons, and traders in the 19th century. In the course of a handful of days, we can see several vestiges and landmarks along the Trail (even some surviving wagon wheel ruts), along with good museums (and the occasional roadside oddity).
Our kids, 10, 8, and 6, are sure to learn something along the way. We're even taking along my oldest boy's best friend, who can hardly wait to go. In this day and age of GameBoy and PlayStation mind-rot, it's encouraging to see a kid get excited about a good old-fashioned road trip. I'm reading up on what I can to be a halfway knowledgeable "tour guide", and I'm taking pioneer diaries and stories to read while we're there. Our SpaceShip should make slightly better time that the prairie schooner of yore!
Here's a list of things we might do: http://www.thefamilybus.net/WYTrails/
We'll no doubt be able to do them all this
time. But, we'll see where the Trail leads us. If I find some WiFi access points along the way, I'll post some updates on my blog. We're meeting up with Craig Shepard (gumpy) and hopefully some other busnuts the last week in July near Encampment, WY for some trout fishing.