Friday we started by taking Emily and Caroline to the airport to get their rental car to drive home. We’re going to miss them, but we have so much more room in the SUV! Then we drove to downtown Omaha to see the Pioneer Courage Sculpture Park. It was full of sculptures of pioneer families headed west. The kids had fun exploring and climbing on everything. Then we went a few blocks to the Heartland of America Park and Fountain. The fountain was impressive, but we were disappointed the gondola boat rides were closed. We also visited the Lewis and Clark Landing and a small visitor’s center before heading north.
After lunch, we stopped in Sioux City, Iowa to buy our food supplies for camping and to see Sgt. Floyd’s Monument. Charles Floyd was the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to die along the way, and medical experts now think he died of appendicitis. His monument was impressive, but Torsten was more interested in the train that went by underneath. At the monument, we saw Lexi’s spirit animal, a rabbit, for the third time in two days. We had joked the first time we say a rabbit right in front of us the day before that it was Lexi’s spirit animal, and she bought a totem necklace with a pink rabbit because of that. I swear it looked like the exact same rabbit every time!
We camped in a cabin at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, South Dakota. The cabin was right on the water, which was actually part of the Missouri River that had been dammed. We enjoyed cooking packets of sausage and vegetables, gazing at the water, and sitting around a campfire. (Shout out to the kind family next to us that lent us their dad to help with our fire when we were having trouble getting it going!) We slept with the windows open and enjoyed the cool breeze from the lake.