When you think of pioneers on the Oregon Trail, do you picture them riding in a covered wagon? Reality was that many of them walked alongside the wagons. If you're like me, you probably can't imagine walking literally thousands of miles, all because you wanted a better home, a farm of your own or simply more freedom. That strength, determination and courage are among the many reasons I admire the pioneers.
If you're ever in Boulder, I recommend a stop at the museum and, if you have the time, a tour of the factory. It was fascinating to see how the cards are printed, cut and folded. I even had the chance to try my hand at folding envelopes. I failed!
Here's some information about this particular statue.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Getting there is an adventure. Except for handicapped visitors, cars are not allowed to drive the last mile. It's a difficult climb over uneven terrain, made all the more challenging because of the high altitude. But the wheel itself is unforgettable.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The story starts with Avice looking at Chimney Rock, one of the landmarks in Western Nebraska. Here's a distant view of that famous site.
The majority of the story takes place at Fort Laramie, where travelers bought supplies and rested for a day or two before embarking on the most difficult part of the journey west.
Aren't the trees beautiful? They weren't there when Avice and the other pioneers saw the fort. This picture shows the old and new guard houses (not places you'd want to spend any time, I assure you) and the ruins of the administration building. The big grassed area in the center is the parade ground, where the soldiers practiced marching.
As you might expect, Officer's Row was the most beautiful part of the fort. The buildings you see are the surgeon's quarters, the Burt House and the sutler's store.
Ah, the sutler's store. That's where Raleigh spends his days and where he and Avice meet for the first time.
What's inside this rather plain looking building? Many, many things.
The sutler's store was one-stop shopping, simply because it was the only store on the post ... or, for that matter, in the whole area. Is it any wonder Avice made it her first stop when she arrived at the fort?
As for what happens next, all I'm going to tell you is that she got much more than she expected when she set foot inside. And so did Raleigh.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The sale only lasts three days, so don't wait. If you haven't read the book that received one of Publishers Weekly's coveted starred reviews, now's the perfect time.
To make it easier for you, I've included some buying links:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
If you're curious about the house, it's part of the Homesteader Museum in Powell, Wyoming.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Here's the geological explanation of what caused the rocks to split and fall.
And, as you can tell from the sign, Fallen City is found in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains.