Little House on the Prairie

The only vacation we took this summer was a short trip up to Kansas for my cousin’s wedding. We left early Thursday morning (like 4am) and drove all day. I say we…but really Wade drove so I could work. Our plan was to stop in Independence, Kansas and then head over to Wichita. They are not near each other but we promised the girls we would go see the “real” little house on the prairie.

I had plugged in the address into the GPS in the morning and did not think twice about it, until we got to our destination and there were nothing but fields. 🙁 After driving around for about 30 minutes and arguing whether or not the place existed (even though I was looking at their website!), I called.  The lady that answered could not figure out where we were but mentioned they were closing early so we had better hurry.

It was around 4pm. The website said they closed at 5pm, but the lady told us she was closing at 4:30 so she could go deposit payroll at the bank. We had approximately 30 minutes to find out where we were and then find the museum. All of this after driving for 12 hours straight JUST to see this house. Wade was NOT happy and the lady at the museum really did not care that we just drove through 3 states to get there.

We arrived at 4:27pm. She had already closed up the shop and told us to start with the far house because that is the one she locks first. She literally followed us through each small building and locked behind us.


(I only took iPhone pictures for this one.)

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Wade and I decided to take a little vacation up to Rusk for a Halloween train ride.  We had some time to kill before our train ride, so we found a little drive through safari called Cherokee Trace.  We balked at the price when we got there (something like $50 for the 4 of us)…but it was SOOOOOO worth it!

Once we talked with the lady behind the desk about the drought and the affect it had, we each got a bag of food and we were off. As soon as we entered the park, the deer ran towards the car. They knew what was up!

I think the lady told us there were over 50 different types of animals in the park.

The funniest thing though was this lady. She decided that rather than eat the pellets off the ground she was just going to reach into the window and eat them right out of Syd’s bag. Stacey was screaming (with laughter) Syd was just screaming and Wade and I were laughing so hard I could not even take a picture!

I am not sure how this guy walks. Those horns look pretty heavy. And I did not like how close to the car he came!