Sunday, October 11, 2009

Summer Vacation: Days 12 & 13 “I’m Headed Home…”

This sounds like a great lead into a Daughtry song!  And for those of you who have been diligently reading “My Summer Vacation” posts, you’re in the homestretch!

The last two days of our southeastern summer vacation found us staying outside of Little Rock.  Sorry…no pics.  I know you’re disappointed.  ;)

On Day 13, as we wearily drove through southwestern Missouri on our way to Kansas City, I remembered from my childhood that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved, Almanzo, had settled and lived out the rest of their lives in Mansfield, Missouri. 

With a quick check and reprogramming of the Garmin, we were on our way to a major Laura Ingalls homestead (there are several throughout the country). 

For more information about the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and museum click here.

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In this next series of photos, you can see the Ingalls-Wilder property on their Rocky Ridge Farm.  Photography is not allowed inside…:(  Trust me when I saw it is incredible to see…almost nothing has been replaced! 

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Of course, no history and/or museum trip is complete without a visit to the gift shop.  So, I saved the very best for last…our very own, “MARY” looking resplendent in her new sun bonnet!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed your trip up and down to Florida from Kansas!  And don’t forget…time is running out for you to enter my blogging anniversary give-away.  Even if you are not a scrapbooker (if you make any type of cards, crafts, signage for an ETSY shop, etc.) you will not want to miss out on a chance to win this give-away!  Contest closes at 5 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON!  Click here to find out how to enter.

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8 comments:

  1. Hi, just came upon your blog. Cool Post. That was really neat to see the home of the stories that I have read to my children and the show that we would watch. I am your neighbor. Just one state above you. Have a great day!!

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  2. Oops, sorry I mean I am a neighbor of Florida where you were visitin!!=)

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  3. So fun to see her home! I can remember so many of those tv programs :-) Every one looked at that family over here! But I´ve never read any of her books though. The Ingalls family must be one of the most kown families in the world I guess.
    Thanks for letting us follow on Your trip!
    Have a great day now!
    Christer.

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  4. Hi Valerie--
    Loved those books as I was growing up. I still have my set--I think they are in storage.
    What a cool trip to her farm and
    your Mary looks so sweet in her bonnet!
    Melinda

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  5. How fun, That house looks so pretty. I bet it was really neat getting to go inside.
    I love the bonnet, very cute picture.

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  6. How on earth did I not know that she was an actual real person? I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie but I never knew it was based on a real person and the story of her life. Wow, I learn something new everyday! The pics are amazing...looks like you're all having a great time!

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  7. That's one place I'd really like to visit, and I would have made the trip, just to see Mary in her Bonnet! She is ADORABLE!

    Smiles, Nancy

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  8. How I envy you seeing Laura's house! I love her books and have read them all several times. Her house looks very sweet, an old fashioned farmhouse ! I wish they let you take pictures of the inside. i go to the website and see if they show any!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie