On the banks of Plum Creek

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

Any Little House on the Prairie fans out there?  I’m waving my hand! We haven’t read all the books yet. In fact, the only book we have read so far is Farmer Boy. Does it count that we own all of the Little House books? Does it count that we have been working our way through the TV series DVDs? Yes? Thank you, I agree.

Moving on.

If you are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder, then the town Walnut Grove will perk your ears. Guess who recently visited Walnut Grove, Minnesota? I’m waving my hand again!

We walked on the banks of Plum Creek and stood where the Ingalls’ dugout home once stood.

Photo: the banks of Plum Creek
Photo: The yellow rope marks the perimeter and location of the location of their dugout home


Then, we sat under the stars and watched as a pageant unfolded Laura’s life on stage. Song and dance, animals and fire entertained and captured our attention.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

All in all it was a marvelous, memorable experience and it wet our appetite for more. Come September we plan to visit De Smet, South Dakota and spend time at the Ingalls Homestead for more prairie fun. In the meantime, I’ve been inspired to dust off our Little House books (which are NOT in storage) and dig deeper into Laura’s story. Any family who is willing to minimize their possessions and travel together into the wild unknown deserves a special place in my heart.

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