Friday, November 1, 2013

Family Time: Oregon Trail Ruts National Historic Landmark (Guernsey, Wyoming)

For some of you, you may have remembered my blog post here where we went to the Register Cliff and I mentioned we also explored the Oregon Trail Ruts area. Well, these photos were taken on the same day, but this time it is on the Oregon Trail. Oregon trail ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts left behind by emigrants back in the days who traveled along with their family to seek a better future. Here is a little bit of a history of the place. 

According to Wikipedia:
Oregon Trail Ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about .5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming. The Oregon Trail here was winding up towards South Pass. Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge here, during its heavy usage from 1841-1869. The half-mile stretch is "unsurpassed" and is the best-preserved set of Oregon Trail ruts anywhere along its former length.

- It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

- The site is maintained as a State Historic Site within Guernsey State Park, which separately was declared a National Historic Landmark for its Civilian Conservation Corps structures, unrelated to the Oregon Trail Ruts.

We hope you enjoy these photos and will encourage you to explore some historical places near your area and learn about the life and the people back in the old days. Have a great day and May you have a great weekend! We are planning another hike this weekend so come back next time for another Family time, Hiking time! 

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This trip was part learning and part fitness because we learned about the history of the area and at the same time we got our workout done. 

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My little girl thought we lost dadda and her big babba on the trail so when we found them, she gave big babba a big hug. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they get along. And this time, they love each other. We hope they do get a long really well once they grow old. And would travel together to new places just like their dadda and his sister. 

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  1. Amazing how those "ruts" are still there! And it is so nice to see siblings who truly love each other.

  2. Wow what a gorgeous place - we don't have anything like that here t wet.. Maybe I'll get to visit and see something like it for myself one day :) x

  3. this is one of the places that i would like to visit one day aside from the forest parks

  4. Your kids looks so adorable! The view looks great (even in picture).

  5. Your kids certainly seem to be having a great time. I love all the family time you have. I hope to move to that side of the states someday. Then I can visit some of the places you sahre.

  6. gorgeous thank you for sharing

  7. I would certainly want to visit this place if given the chance. Beautiful!

  8. Oh how loving these siblings are, I love Harley's split hehehe.

  9. Wow what a clean place and it's obviously very quiet! Great place for family getaways. What a cute photo of your two little treasures there! Precious!

  10. I LOVE that tree in the background of the 7th picture down and your kids are adorable! looks like your family had alot of fun. would love to take my kids there some day..

  11. you have such a sweet and lovely kids just like the lovely views captured by your lenses

  12. So sweet, I wish I have a second child. :-) My daughter gets bored all the time, being an only child.

  13. Another beautiful outdoor place for you guys to enjoy!

  14. Selby is getting prettier and prettier each day Mommy!

  15. That is a great place to explore with the family, gives you exercise too.

  16. I have read so many book and seen so many movies about the Oregon trail. It would be great fun to go visit in person.

  17. I can imagine how peaceful and calming that trail must be. Makes me wish I live somewhere near an area like that


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