(Ahhh! How am I ever going to finish this? I'm overwhelmed already, and now I've gone and divided up Day 2 into 2 parts. But, seriously people, I had to. I took about 400 photos on Day 2! Maybe I can combine some days that were less exciting photographically. Crossing my fingers.)
But first, we had to get up (not so easy)(for Chloe especially), cook breakfast, and break camp. It was totally almost exactly like being actual pioneers. Okay, so maybe it wasn't, but I think it was fun for the girls to pretend. While Joel cooked us a yummy breakfast of eggs, sausage, and pancakes, we female-folk cleaned out the tent and loaded the car.
Some of our neighboring campers had brought along their beagle, and they were letting him roam around the campsites unleashed. And when he wandered into our campsite, what did he do? He peed all over Joel's backpack. Thanks a lot, beagle owners! (They also let him wander through the entire homestead while they were touring that morning....weird.) We did get a good laugh out of that, though. And every time we got a whiff of that backpack, we laughed again. We may have also cried a little...
But, I digress. Once we were all packed up and our teeth and hair were brushed, we headed over to the homestead where there was much fun to be had.
First, we climbed up to the viewing tower, where you can see all 160 acres of Pa's land. The prairie is so different from anywhere I've ever lived, but so beautiful in its own way.
There was SO much to do there, and I took SO many pictures, so I'll try to do a quick run-through of things...
We also saw Ma's house, where the girls made button toys and toured a pioneer dugout and a lean-to, neither of which would be too fun to live in!
All of that was awesome, but the girls' favorite thing was making their corncob dolls. Laura had a corncob doll in Little House in the Big Woods, remember? Chloe promptly named hers Susan, just like Laura.
Which is just how these vacations should be. I'm not going to say that Chloe or anyone else was happy all the time, but the fact that she was happy right then was enough for me.