10 hours in the car and all good!!!

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
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Trip End Sep 01, 2012


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Where I stayed
Highland Ridge Campground
What I did
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthplace Museum

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Beep…beep….beep (it's 6am now; on the early side for H.O.T.). Turn over and ignore it, cuddle back into your favorite position, hike the sleeping bag up to your neck and relax. You are safe in the superior knowledge that you have a "snooze" type function on your watch and have set another alarm. You have five, full, fat minutes before the next sequence begins!!!!
Beep…beep….beep. Oh crap. It's time to think seriously about rolling out of the sleeping bag. "Tim, (this whispered, loudly), it's time to get up." And with that begins a quick up and out as we have driving to do and the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder to visit. 57 focused minutes later and the Heidmanns are up, fed, packed and driving Odie out of the West Ashtabula Camping ground by 7:07 am and heading due East for the second day in a row. Along the way we listened to the bulk of "The Silver Chair" by C.S. Lewis and Book 6 of the Chronicles of Narnia, we stopped a couple of times for petrol, ice, groceries, and ice cream and cruised down the lane of the Wisconsin campground around 2:30. We talked quickly to the camp-host about moving our reservation forward another day and taking another campsite, put a chair on the last available site in the grounds and then jumped back into the car for the short hour's drive to Pepin, Wisconsin and the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace museum. It was a pleasant enough museum with period pieces, an attempted recreation of parts of the Ingalls' cabin that was mentioned in "The Little House in the Big Woods" and Lily did manage to convince us to purchase her the next two books in the series called "The Rose Years", a continuation of the  original series which describes, Almanzo and Laura's lives as they attempted to start an apple orchard in Missouri. Avid fans of this blog (tee-hee, like there are any of those) will remember that earlier in this journey we visited and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Missouri museum (see entry #30, May 19th for this). We also learned that there is another (and probably more substantial) museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The final fun fact was that just as the followers of the Grateful Dead are called "dead-heads" and followers of Jimmy Buffett are known as "parrot-heads", apparently committed and dedicated followers and supporters of the amazing Laura Ingalls Wilder and the stories she penned are referred to as "bonnet-heads". At the end of our short visit and explore of the museum, we all concluded that we had much preferred our earlier experience and tour in Missouri. But, Lily was pleased and we got some nice pictures and as she has been avidly reading in the car all summer, we were happy to continue to throw books at this pursuit
Aside from having to drive an hour back up the road to the campground in the late afternoon, which could have been  a real drag, we all, well particularly Tim and Jess, enjoyed the drive to and fro through the countryside. We drove on small County Roads labelled with the letters "B, N, NN, CC and S", through many small dairies, a couple of beef herds and corn and soybean fields. We enjoyed the sunny afternoon and the clean, crisp air which occasionally produced a whiff of fresh cut grass. At one point, Eli was heard to say "it smells like when Dad cuts the lawn". We also noticed and commented upon the change from evergreens and conifers to deciduous hardwoods. We got back to camp around 5:15 and other than the above mentioned quick stops, we had been in the car for 10 hours. We all still like each other even! We set up camp and the kids quickly made friends with the four children next door and played merrily together so much that the parents were forced to interact with each other and we had to pry our kids back to the tent for bed so that we can all jump in the car for another 8-9 hours tomorrow on our way to Chicago.
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TREBS on

Perhaps "committed and dedicated followers and supporters" of the Heidmanns blog can be called "HOT heads"?

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h.o.t. on

Hi Sarah, Tim agrees totally what a good suggestion.

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