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My 9-year old would argue, there is nothing better than a good book. In fact, I occasionally have to pull her nose out of a book so that she can actually enjoy our life adventures. As a mom, I know this is a really good problem. I love that she loves to read (she comes by it super naturally!) I just need to make sure she doesn’t miss too much of the action happening around her!
Recently we’ve been reading through the Little House on The Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder AGAIN. It’s at least the 3rd or 4th time for us to read these books together. (Not to mention the countless times she’s been through them on her own!) However, this is the first time the books peaked my son’s interest. He’s tuning in regularly enough that he’s getting a basic idea of the story line and characters.
Recently Miller asked “are these people real?” It dawned on me that he’s more accustomed to hearing about Thomas The Train or Sam I Am. And although I’m pretty sure he’s convinced they are both real too, I could tell that he saw a difference. I allowed Mary Grace to explain about the Ingalls family, history and the concept of autobiography. The conversation seemed to sink in a little.
What resonated with me, though, was the fact that the places in the book series are real. And while the people in the stories no longer live, the places still exist. Laura details many of the landscapes, towns and settlements. In doing a little digging, I found the best collection of Ingalls memorabilia resides in Mansfield, Missouri. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum contains many artifacts described in the books including Pa’s fiddle. Their website also has some great quizzes to test your memory (or reading comprehension!)
In addition to the museum, there are also several other locations to visit. As avid readers will remember, the Ingalls family moved around quite a bit. Here are a few of the most significant places you can visit to see a little piece of Little House History:
Laura’s Birthplace in Pepin, Wisconsin (Little House In The Big Woods)
Museum in Independence, Kansas (Little House on The Prairie)
The Dugout House Site in Walnut Grove, Minnesota (On The Banks Of Plum Creek)
Wilder Homestead in Malone, New York (Farmer Boy)
Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota (The Long Winter)
I’ve added each of these stops to my bucket list for these states. Honestly, I’m not sure who in our family will be the most excited to visit these places…it might be me!
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As much as I hate to admit it, fall is officially in full swing. Even in the south, leaves are changing and the calendar keeps moving deeper into September.
Though I dislike the cooler weather, even I will admit there’s nothing more beautiful than fall foliage. And nothing cuter than kids with leaves!
Although I won’t even pretend to understand the complexities behind this weather phenomenon, rumor has it that this year’s fall foliage is expected to be the best in decades.
If you’re looking for some great spots to leaf-view this season, here are 18 places I recommend:
- Skyline Drive (Blue Ridge Parkway), Virginia
- Napa Valley, California
- Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
- Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee
- Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
- Adirondacks, New York
- The Berkshires, Massachusetts
- Aspen, Colorado
- Acadia National Park, Maine
- Lost Maple State Natural Area, Texas
- Upper Peninsula, Michigan
- The Ozarks, Missouri
- Lake Champlain Islands, Vermont
- Fayetteville, West Virginia
- Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Bardstown, Kentucky
- Leavenworth, Washington
I know, 18 is an odd number of places to recommend. 10 wasn’t quite enough. Then I ambitiously decided I’d do 50 before realizing there are some states that don’t even deserve honorable mention when it comes to fall foliage (hello, Florida!) Also, I decided not to duplicate any state. Although, I could have easily listed Vermont locations for all 18 places on the list!
Road trips are my favorite way to view fall foliage. We always try to plan travel during peak leaf changing season even if the foliage itself isn’t our destination. Taking scenic routes on the way to your destination will provide beautiful backdrops.
Always pull your car over at an overlook to snap pictures and capture all the fall colors! And, of course, get a few pictures of your kids with the falling leaves!
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