Between trip planning and trying to get this house organized for our housesitters, these last weeks before summer are zipping by. In the meantime, I'm
We'll be staying near the end of the Oregon Trail for the weekend of my cousin's wedding, so I picked up a few books about the journey, and I'm looking at the video game. (Anyone played it?) We'll be so busy enjoying our family that weekend, I'm not sure how much sightseeing we'll get in, but I definitely want to take them to Multnomah Falls.
After Portland, we'll visit my old college buddies and their kiddos in Seattle and traipse around trying to find Larry. And then it's across the water to the San Juan Islands to visit more friends and just enjoy the green.
We'll hit several national parks on our journey, including Yellowstone. We've been reading about how the wolves disappeared from the park, and what happened when they returned. (Awesome example of the interconnectedness of ecosystems, and how every part of it is important.)
And because we'll be visiting my mother-in-law in South Dakota for the first time ever, we're also reading up on the presidents of Mount Rushmore:
- George Washington -- Farmer George Plants a Nation
- Thomas Jefferson (by Cheryl Harness)
- Abraham Lincoln -- Abe's Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln and Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington
- Theodore Roosevelt -- Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt and The Remarkable Rough-Riding Life of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Empire America
Then it's down to dinosaur country, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Whew!
Even if you won't be
The Home School Mom site has an awesome collection of facts and links for all 50 states. I especially like the Teachers First state pages. We might use the maps and other graphics for scrapbooking our trip when we get home, or for printing and perusing while on the road.
And no, I haven't yet added up the hours we'll spend in the car...!!
What are your plans for the summer?