Thursday, April 10, 2014
This picture was taken in 2009 in Guernsey, Wyoming. The handsome dude in the center is my husband, Peter. On the right is my son James, and on the left is my daughter, Heather. They are standing in ruts made by covered wagons traveling on the Oregon Trail. Can you imagine? I was stunned when we climbed up the trail and saw how deep and wide these ruts were. Thousands of wagons. Thousands of oxen and horse hooves. Thousands of boots.
When I see historical sites like these, I can't help but try to imagine what it must've been like, all my earthly goods packed into a wooden box on wheels, traveling hundreds of miles from everything familiar, headed toward a great unknown. The hardships, the loneliness, the fear and uncertainty.
Have you visited the Guernsey Wagon Ruts? Have you visited an historical site/museum that had you trying to imagine what it might've been like to live in another time?
You can learn more about the Oregon Trail Ruts at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/site7.htm