After 3 days of driving, lots of wonderful learning experiences and tons of fun we have finally made it to our first Little House on the Prairie Site.  The Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the Little House series.  I love this book for the littlest children to life long learners who are children at heart.  The book is broken down into chapters that each tell an individual story, so even the littlest ears will be able to listen attentively for these glimpses into life as a pioneer in the late 1800’s.

It cracked me up when we walked into the butcher shop one day and my daughter declared that roasted pig tails are the most delicious treat.  haha!!

First thing we did was enter the tiny town of Pepin and check out the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum.  We had read reviews that the museum didn’t really contain any of Laura or Ma’s possessions, just items from that era, so we didn’t feel it was necessary to pay the entry fee for this one.  We browsed the gift shop and my daughter bought a bonnet to wear.  We asked for directions to the cabin and set off for our first connection with Laura.

We seemed to turn down many rural roads to reach it, but once we got there it was so peaceful and lovely.

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The house is surrounded by corn, but there are a few large hardwood trees on the site, giving you an idea of how it may have looked when only forest could be seen.  There is also a covered picnic area that we promptly set up our crockpot meal.

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We had the whole site to ourselves for quite some time and the children ran around while my Mom and I relaxed and chatted.

The cabin is tiny.  It really brings the book to life to see how the Ingalls lived and the type of conditions Ma had to cook every meal, birth children, raise them and educate them.  I know Laura always admired her Pa, but after reading all the books and then visiting the places Pa dragged his family, I have such sympathy and respect for Caroline.  She was a very devout, kind and loving woman and the female pioneers deserve to be honored.

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We thoroughly enjoyed Pepin and found it to be eye opening.  We were so excited for our next stop tomorrow at Plum Creek!

On our way to our hotel in MN, we saw signs for Minneapolis, MN and knew the Mall of America was not too far off our our route.  We decided that we would make the detour and spend just an hour or two at the amusement area of the mall.  We have plenty of malls in North Carolina and I am not much of a shopper (rather spend that hard earned money on experiences than stuff) so that suited us well.

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We bought a book of tickets that was approximately $35 and figured when the tickets were gone, we would leave.  We got to ride the log flume and a rollercoaster and the kids were so excited and happy!  After the tickets were gone, we moved on to the lego store where the kids could build a creation.  The best part was that it was free!!  😉  We ended up finding a laundromat to do a load of laundry while we had a quick dinner.

We had a day full of opposites.  The tiniest and most simple house I’ve ever seen to one of the most consumeristic places in the USA.  It’s good to have balance.  😉

Road Trip – Day 4

Driving time – 4 hours

Accommodations – Microtell Inn & Suites by Wyndham, New Ulm, MN, indoor pool, continental breakfast

Cost – $75.50

Do over wish list – This was a very well arranged day.  We had a few hours of driving before our stop and a few hours of driving after our stop, so we didn’t feel like we were in the car all day.