I mentioned in my summer list that I was planning to go on a Little House on the Prairie trip with my mom. And I did this past weekend!
First we went to Walnut Grove, Minnesota. This is where the book On the Banks of Plum Creek takes place. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived there for four years, first in a dugout near the river and then in a house.
Then we headed further west across the prairie to De Smet, South Dakota, like the Ingalls did (but our trip had AC). Laura lived there for a long period of her life. This is where she met and married her husband Almanzo. The books By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years are all set in and around De Smet.
The following are snapshots I took during the trip.
1 can’t go into the woods without some bug juice
2 pretty wild flowers on the prairie
3 Plum Creek
4 likely site of the dugout the Ingalls family lived in
1 South Dakota State University ice cream
2 site of Laura and Almanzo’s homestead
4 surveyor’s house that the Ingalls family lived in
5 historic sites sticker
1 diner menu
2 little girls in sunbonnets abound
3 De Smet pageant, “The Long Winter”
4 prairie dresses, aprons, and bonnets
5 seriously the little girls in sunbonnets were everywhere!
6 gorgeous sunset over the prairie
If you made your own summer list, how are you doing on it? What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done this summer?