The countryside was kinda uninspiring, so I made a lot of progress on my book and the girls had fun playing Temple Run 1, 2, and Brave on my Kindle. Every time I've tried playing any of those games, I end up dead rather quickly, but bringing laughter to all, especially me.
Speaking of that, travel conditions have changed muchly since I was a traveling missionary kid. And they have changed immeasurably since Laura Ingalls Wilder made the trek across this country in a wagon or on a train, as we've been reading in "On the Shores of Silver Lake." We have a gazillion books contained in the Kindle, three games also therein, several movies to watch on the laptop, and Hank the Cowdog to listen to which is also contained in the Kindle. We are living in the lap of luxury indeed.
Our morning's destination was De Smet, S. Dakota. This is the place where the Ingalls family finally settled. They started out in a railroad shanty, moved to the surveyors' house, lived in the back of a store in town, built a homesteading shanty and then a pretty nice house in town.
|This is one of the schoolhouses in which the Ingalls girls studied.|
|This unbelievably small shed is the schoolhouse in which Laura taught as a fifteen-year-old to pay for Mary to go to a school for the blind. It's about the size of our woodshed.|
|This is the surveyors' house, which was so grand to Laura because it was made of new lumber and had such fine provision and so much space. We snorted at the thought that it was spacious as we went in it.|
|Note the regal nose.|
Somehow, I can't get the margins thing to work right now, so on I go with a strange set-up.
As we started out of the Black Hills, we intended to drive on a few more hours, but discovered that highways were being closed because of a winter storm, with winds being very strong, so we stopped for the night in Rapid City, intending to spend some time in the pool and hot tub. Guess what was closed for maintenance. Well, we were all pretty wiped out anyhow so after a late supper we crashed early in preparation for an early start.