A lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans aspire to take a Laura Ingalls Wilder trip, this podcast is the perfect place to get started.
Specific things you’ll want to know about various Laura Ingalls Wilder Homesites from my previous episode:
Episode 3 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacations – Planning a Laura trip? Get some thoughts and information to help start your planning.
- Little House Guidebook by William T. Anderson (any edition) – Be aware that you need to double check for current information for museum hours, etc. Tells you what there is to see at each homesite. Make it your Laura travel Bible. 🙂
- Diary of Visits by Evelyn Thurman – Sadly now out of print – More of the format I was there this year and this is what I saw, I went back and this is what I saw, some great suggestions of what to see and do
- Blank Notebook to Record Memories of Your Laura trip
- Paper State Map for each state you’ll visit, preferably one for each homesite town
Some general tips:
- Planning is important and ask questions
- Don’t try to take the train
- I’m using term homesite in terms of the entire town where Laura Ingalls Wilder museums are located
- Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites are small towns
- Prepare for Midwest weather
- Progression of restaurants by size of town: Bars, Subway’s Sandwhiches, Hardee’s/Carl Jr., Burger King, McDonalds
if you get to McDonalds there will be lots of other options (unless right on Interstate)
- Stay in campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, motels, and hotels, may not be in the same town
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.