Fossil Studies: Agate Fossil Beds

National Monument

Before we left Nebraska, while staying at Scotts Bluff, we took a day trip up to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Parallel to our studies of the Oregon Trail, the kids were also learning about fossils as we anticipated traveling through some of the most fossil-rich areas of the country. Just as the Oregon Trail and the adventures of the pioneers easily captures a child’s imagination, it is equally easy to get kids interested in Continue Reading →


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Along the Oregon Trail: Guernsey Wagon Ruts

Oregon Trail

Months before our travels along the Oregon Trail, during our summer visit to Sweden, I was on a walk with the kids and we were talking about the pioneers of the 1840s and 50s. It’s a time in American history that easily captures a child’s imagination and the questions came in rapid-fire fashion. But the height of their excitement came when I said that so many wagons had followed this same route that the ruts Continue Reading →


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Along the Oregon Trail: Scotts Bluff, Nebraska

Robideaux RV park

After Chimney Rock, our trusty steed Herb towed our “covered wagon” along the Oregon Trail, west to Scotts Bluff. We pulled in to the Robidoux RV park, run by the city of Gering, Nebraska and located beautifully at the base of the bluff. That first evening, as we watched the sun set behind the beautiful Scotts Bluff National Monument, I realized how much I had missed mountain views as we crossed all those miles of Continue Reading →


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The Wright Place at the Right Time

If mention of the Wright brothers makes you think of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, you’re not alone. In the excitement about their first successful flight taking place there, I seemed to have missed that the Wrights were actually from Dayton, Ohio. Orville and Wilbur’s bike shop and newspaper offices remain in downtown Dayton, and the National Park Service operates them as Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.   About the Park We stayed at a Continue Reading →


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Mammoth Cave: Caves, Camping, Community

After our misadventures in Tennessee, we were really looking forward to a good week visiting Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. And we got it! The Caves Visiting the caves can only be done as part of a tour. There are a large variety of different tours available, with varying lengths, levels of difficulty and costs. We were lucky enough to arrive on a national park weekend which meant that tickets to tour the Rotunda Continue Reading →


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More Thousand Trails Fails: Tennessee

As we’ve mentioned previously, not all Thousand Trails campgrounds are created equal. Our standards are not too high, especially when we’re not paying more than our membership fees to stay there, but even we have limits. There are two Thousand Trails campgrounds in Tennessee: Cherokee Landing and Natchez Trace. We stayed at both, and while neither is a place we would particularly recommend, the first moved to top of our list of places to avoid. Continue Reading →


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