Today, I am now closer to 50 than ever before. We had plans for today! Even if we had to do a little bit of back tracking. The one thing I wanted to do was to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder home at Rocky Ridge Farm, which is in Mansfield, Mo. Which is what we did.
On our way out to Mansfield, we passed some horse drawn wagons. I did not take photos, I was not sure if it was rude or not to take photos of the Amish. It was interesting to see the wagons and the horses on going down the side of the road. Lon and I talked a little about the community and what I knew of it. Mainly, they live plainly and do not use any modern stuff. Lon just liked the horses.
I would have taken pictures of every single thing I could, but they would not let you take any photos in the museum or the house. darn it.
The house was wonderful. I had wanted to see the farm since I found out about it, and that was when I was little. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every single minute of it. And I could see it again.
Then it was time to get down the road, back to Wilson's Creek. I wanted to see Laura Ingalls Wilder's home first thing, even though it ment back tracking a bit.
Lon finished up as much as he could on the Jr. Ranger book we picked up right before they closed last night.
In front of the Ray Home at Wilson's Creek. The battle raged all around the house and the house was not hit at all. The family stayed in the cellar. It must have been so scary. When they came out, the dead and wounded were all around the house. The kids (all 11 of them) got water for the soldiers.
Goofy picture of the ranger, but Lon got his 25th Jr. Ranger badge.
The ranger told us about Pea Ridge, just down the road in Arkansas and that it was worth seeing. She said it was about an hour down the road. I looked at the map, okay. It is close to 540, then I can get on 40 and it should be a faster road to travel on, since it is an interstate. Um, sure. Not when you get behind slow moving cars and then everyone slows down to see the police pull someone over. (no, it was not me)
Learning more about the Battle of Pea Ridge
It was time to move on down the road.
We got gas in Lowell, Ar
We stopped at a Hilton Garden Hotel. Lon told them it was my birthday, so they brought this out for me. I thought it was very sweet.
He was being very nice to me today.