Last year my dad (and his dad) went on a similar trip from Texas through the Black Hills of South Dakota where my grandpa grew up. He enjoyed it so much he decided to repeat the trip with my mom this summer.
One of the groups we are leading to Israel next year is from South Dakota so Geoff and I decided to tag along for the ride giving us the opportunity to stop to meet with them this weekend. As an added bonus we were able to travel through Wichita, Kansas last night to enjoy the hospitality of one of the families we met on a group visiting Israel this past spring. They repeatedly offered their hospitality if we were ever in Wichita and we were only too happy to oblige.
It was so good to talk about Israel with them and hear how things had been since their return.
The guys stayed up way too late playing spades, we enjoyed DELICIOUS food, and we were so thankful for the blessing of their hospitality. It is such a gift to extend and to receive.
I have to admit, after learning from Geoff and traveling in the land of the Bible it can be quite difficult to change gears for this kind of history. I mean, if it wasn't at least 2,000 years old - we really didn't pay much attention to it in Israel. Reading signs and driving way out of the way to commemorate things that happened back in the 1890's or 1940's is a bit of a transition.
However, my mom is one of the best elementary ed teachers on earth (no bias) and teaches American History. Seeing her joy and excitement over these places and sites makes it come alive for me as well and I look forward to engaging it more as we go along. Tomorrow - wagon wheel ruts!!
Keeping our trip as budget friendly as possible, camping will be our best friend. Reyah prefers this arrangement as well. Tonight my parents have a motel room and Geoff and I are snuggling with Reyah in the back of the suburban roughing it on a comfy air mattress.
I like to think that this will help us capture the covered wagon concept more as we retrace the Oregon Trail. We've camped/slept in cars before and this modern covered wagon is like being upgraded to a suite! Livin' the life.
Will keep you posted on our road trip progress as wifi connection allows. For now, I've got front row seats and big windows to enjoy an eastern Wyoming lightning show.