Wednesday, June 29, 2011

the oregon trail.



one of the things that is so interesting about traveling is diving into that area's history.  the locals are usually so proud and they don't mind telling you all about it.  believe, i know.


while living in idaho we studied mining, lewis & clark, the life of laura ingalls wilder and the oregon trail.  it meant so much more because we were right there.  in fact an old mining town was on the ranch.  the kids' eyes would light up at the mention of the snake river from books because..why, it was in our front yard! 


{the actual trails!  see my reflection? :}

before moving we made our way to the oregon trail interpretive center.  it's built right on the trail.  visitors can even walk them. {we didn't, it was hot and dusty, and mountain mama wasn't in the mood for any more adventures:}

i always felt like some kind of pioneer family moving away to where ever the Lord led.  i never knew how accurate that feeling was until i heard a quote from one of the pioneer's diary.  it went something like this:  i agreed to leave my friends and family, not knowing when i could see them again or what the future held. 

tears welled up in my eyes.



only i'm spoiled compared to these pioneers.   at about every 80 yards there was a grave stone on the trail.  people were dying, running out of food, fixing wagon wheels...

there are countless records and it's all just overwhelmingly amazing.  their stories, hardships, bravery...



these are called the blue mountains which is the last challenging spot the pioneers had to cross seen from the idaho side.  we were exploring in the mountains on a 4 wheeler.

seriously. 

now i don't know about those brave people but if i stood at the bottom of those puppies with my covered wagon and kids i'm not so sure i would have gone one step further. 

my scariest moment is nothing compared to that.  nothing.

i was driving on the one lane road carved on the side of a mountain.  there was a drop off into the river.  it was snowy/icy and we came to the most narrow spot.  mountain man suggested i slow down...it was a standard...clutch in, brake...it was too much.  i sat there and had a complete breakdown with the kids looking at me with wide eyes.

but you know what?  i did it.  and they did to.  {and so can you!!}



the center had a great hands on play area for the kids complete with dress up clothes and photo ops. 

scout's favorite thing was the life sized wagon to pack.  each big block was labeled with an object {food, supplies, medicine, clothes} and they had to strategically pack it up so everything could be taken.

so, now we're back home ready to explore everything the fine state of oklahoma has to offer!  cowboys, indians, the land run, buffalo burgers {my favorite!}

what is the history in your area?

14 comments:

  1. That is really cool! I forget how difficult it must have been for them. I can't imagine losing your child or husband in the middle of nowhere, burying them and just riding off. They had to have been so strong and their faith was so much more than mine.

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  2. Oh i,'m trying to not be envious of you living out there, and being able to explore those mountains!!! My word, they're SO gorgeous! God is such a marvelous creator, isn't He?!?! Those folks who travelled that land back then, and made a living off it, outta nothing... they're my HEROES. They're were some kinds a hearty folks.

    Thank you for posting this! I thoroughly enjoy EVERY mountain or outdoor picture you.. or anyone posts! ;-)

    Much love to the DeLongs from the Whiddons. We think of y'all often!

    Love,
    Laney

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  3. the word that comes to mind is fortitude. just amazing what folks overcame back then.

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  4. These pioneers never cease to amaze me. And the women! Oh, boy, they were hardy - and how many of them did it all without a complaint. Boy, could we learn a thing or two off them.
    I love the look of the wagon to pack up - fabulous bringing history to life for the kids x

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  5. In our area..it is the Battle of the Alamo.Lots of History here if you ever want to come this way...lol

    Love the scenery and the adventures of you and those of the past.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

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  6. We have moved several times because of my husband's job, but we are always in Illinois...so not really an adventure. I do think moving makes you stronger and at least until this last move, it has always been a positive thing for all of us. There are certainly positives about the town we are in now (and have been for 8 years) but there are still things I gave up that I wish I had back.

    As for our area...Lincoln, cows, farms...snore.

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  7. It's amazing what they overcame, the hardships, and all through that time they stayed strong in their faith with God. I LOVE history, and it's every where, you just have to look around.

    Love your post, girl!

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  8. Gives new meaning to the term "pioneer woman"...huh?

    Love the shot of the mountains. Glad your getting settled in!

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  9. We have the same type of people in our heritage, they were called voortrekkers (first or forward trekkers) They endured such hardships and just kept on going. That pioneer spirit is beyond inspiring!

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  10. I bet that was so amazing to see! I cannot even fathom how it must have been for them. It was that determined spirit that built our country, and sadly it is disappearing.

    The Land Run fascinates me to no end! I love the native american heritage we have here, but it's sad to see how much the government took from them. Not that they aren't making their money back in the many casinos they've since built.

    AHEM. But that's another soap box... ;)

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  11. Amazing....you wonder how those women did it...when you think of all our luxuries...and we still complain!!!

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  12. Oh how awesome!!! Seth and I just finished watching Lonesome Dove - it took us 4 days to get through it, since we waited until the kids were in bed to watch! - and your photos remind me a LOT of it...I think it's so cool how the landscape still looks relatively the same after 100+ years!

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  13. I remember seeing those mountains during "the adventure". I cannot imagine what the pioneers thought, seeing them ahead, knowing they had to cross them. Extremely courageous people! I'm so thankful for the history that's been preserved, so we can learn from those who came before us.

    Trying to think about the biggest history event near here, and I guess it's the big earthquake that caused rivers to flow the opposite direction for a time after it happened. We're too close to that fault-line, I think we need to move. :D

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  14. I've wanted to visit that interpretive center, but we never make it over east :( We need to plan a trip! There was a smaller one in Oregon City that we visited a couple of years ago, and it just brings you to tears thinking of all of the hardships they had to endure.

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