Day 6

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.

Heartland of America Fountain in Omaha
Heartland of America Fountain in Omaha
Dropping off Emily and Caroline :-(
Dropping off Emily and Caroline 😦
Sgt. Floyd Monument
Sgt. Floyd Monument
Sgt. Floyd Monument
Sgt. Floyd Monument
Lexi's spirit rabbit
Lexi’s spirit rabbit
View from our cabin
View from our cabin
Preparing dinner
Preparing dinner
Our cabin
Our cabin
Dinner!
Dinner!
It was too cool to swim, but I let them wade. Torsten "waded" up to his waist!
It was too cool to swim, but I let them wade. Torsten “waded” up to his waist!
Grandma and Conquer trying to start a fire with damp wood
Grandma and Conquer trying to start a fire with damp wood
Conquer admiring the view
Conquer admiring the view
Pioneer Courage Sculpture Park
Pioneer Courage Sculpture Park
Headed west with my buddy
Headed west with my buddy
Wagon's stuck!
Wagon’s stuck!
Lexi's spirit rabbit again
Lexi’s spirit rabbit again
Swans
Swans
Heartland of America Park
Heartland of America Park
Dressing up
Dressing up
Lewis and Clark Landing
Lewis and Clark Landing
Torsten watching the train
Torsten watching the train
Enjoying the campfire
Enjoying the campfire
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10 thoughts on “Day 6

  1. “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Lexi
    I’m sure Lexi that will be more than able to complete the obligatory back to school writing prompt! 😉
    You are making such wonderful memories!

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  2. Katie, I am so proud of you! That doesn’t make a lot of sense, but you are an amazing young lady! You know, you are sort of being a pioneer yourself – heading into the unknown….and succeeding at every challenge. Keep on!

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  3. Looks like you are having a good time! I am sure you are going to have many more fun and exciting days. Be careful with with Conquer. You are entering into Jackalope country. I have heard they are jealous little critters who don’t take kindly to critters from other places!!!

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