Thursday, April 26, 2012

Field Trip Day!


The dreaded, I mean BEST day of the year has come and gone.  We loaded the bus at 8:30 this morning northbound for Kearney, NE.  Destination??? Great Platte River Road Archway!!!  Whoop! Whoop!








"The Great Platte River Road Archway pays tribute to the enduring spirit of the pioneers. During their trek across America, they encountered Native American tribes; trappers and traders making their way to annual rendezvous; stagecoach drivers and their passengers; pony express riders; and the telegraph. As the early settlers established their homesteads, they witnessed the birth of the railroads, the Lincoln Highway, America’s first transcontinental road; I-80, the nation’s first interstate; and America’s Information Highway, the fiber optic cable that today links a nation. " 


If you want to learn more visit their website: http://www.archway.org 



Every year WITHOUT fail, we come up on this massive monument and SOMEONE ALWAYS says, " Are we going to DRIVE THROUGH THAT??!!"  --- to which my answer is... "uhm, NO!!"  (if only you could see the face with that)


So I noticed a few scared looks on their faces as they approached the escalator.  I decided to take a quick poll, 8/20 kids had never been on an escalator before!!! SHOCKING TO ME??  Oh the way they creep up their and lightly tip-toed on :)  So young!! 

RUN!!! They are coming for you!!!

The Morman Trail





Yes, she made it ALL the WAY to YELLOWSTONE!!
Finally as a last activity we have the kids take part in and Educational program put on by real historians dressed in the full GARB!!  For the second year we chose for them the Ponca Earth Lodge built by real Ponca Indians from Oklahoma and the Dakota's.  Amazing to see the work that goes into such a place.  The first picture is not mine but comes from the archway website..
Pawnee/Arikara earth lodge











It was a great day with a great group of kids!!