Across the Country in One Post

We did a lot as we traveled from the West to the East this time around. It would take months to catalog all of it, so I’m going to do my best to sum up our recent experiences with one post that’s rich in pictures, to make up for the last (rather devoid) one.

Before leaving Utah, we went out to the woods and Dad taught us how to make burn bowls (small wooden bowls made of Aspen wood, burned into shape with coals).

The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Oklahoma is a unique attraction in the middle of a small town just off the highway. It includes 1200 items in all, though they rotate and are not all on display at once. Even so, the number of toys there is incredible!

Next stop, Cadillac Ranch! You’re encouraged to spray-paint old Cadillacs in Amarillo, Texas, where the lineup shows the progression of the tail fin; you’ll notice we left our mark.

That’s Elvis Presley’s childhood home on the far left. And the hardware store where he got his first guitar. And there, on the right: that’s the very spot where eleven-year-old Elvis stood while his mother Gladys bought that guitar for his birthday. All in Tupelo, Mississippi.

We went to West Monroe, Louisiana, to see the Duck Commander warehouse. On the left is the famous sign featured in episodes of Duck Dynasty, and to the right is the loading dock where the crew hangs out.

While in Monroe, we enjoyed a tour of a friend’s old-fashioned mansion. It was truly incredible!


In Alabama, we stopped at Grandma and Grandpa’s house to celebrate 48 states, and Grandma’s birthday! None of us look fantastic in this picture, I know, but it’s the only one I have.

Aaaand… we’ve reached Kentucky and the meetup! It kicked off with a Kentucky Unit Study, and we were sorted into groups of twos and threes to make Kentucky fact tri-fold boards.

I get to practice archery at Rockcastle Shooting Center, just three miles away! On the right, about half of our large groups hangs out.


4 thoughts on “Across the Country in One Post”

  1. I think that it is so neat that you have a mental picture of the different geographic locations in this beautiful country. I’m glad that you were able to go to the hardware store in Tupelo and to see the childhood home of Elvis. It’s a good example of how fame can evolve from humble beginnings.
    Thanks for sharing your adventures during the last few years.

    1. What a difference a year makes. They have definitely gotten taller than me. Thanks for the visit and for the butter pecan ice cream and brownies. (I believe Gordon said the 3 candles were for 3 centuries. Wow, I’m old.)

  2. I think you and Gordon have experienced what the majority of Americans will never be able to experience. What an opportunity to meet the people of each of the 48 states and taste their special foods, visit the museums that host their history, and see the individual landscapes that make them unique. WOW, we are so happy for you (and slightly jealous)!

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