Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer is our host for Outdoor Wednesday.  Please check out her blog for more outdoor shots.

Instead of showing more snow pictures, I think I will show you an outing my granddaughters and my husband I took a few summers ago.

If you remember studying the Santa Fe Trail, it goes right through a part of our city.  It started in 1821 in Franklin Missouri, a trader wanted to catch wild horses and trap fur and trade with Indians.  He traveled to Santa Fe New Mexico and after that thousands of wagon trains headed out west.  Finally reaching California later on.

A few years ago a sculptor, Charles Groslin sculpted this wagon train along with the various statues to depict the journey.  His grandmother was one of the travelers, he has depicted her walking along side the wagon holding his mother.

The day we were visiting he just happened to stop by and took a picture by our grandchildren. We were delighted to meet him.


These hooves are actual hooves from oxen.

It was a really neat experience.  Hope you enjoyed a little Ole West history.


Barbara Jean said...

Those carvings are wonderful!
And what a sweet family.

Thanks for coming by

barbara jean

Lindy MacDuff said...

Looks like a very interesting place to visit. How neat that you were able to meet the sculptor! Lots of great photos from the day you spent there.

Rene said...

What fun that must have been for you and your family. Thank you for sharing the day with us.


Wonderful pics! Blessings!

LV said...

Thank you for a great outing with your family. Enjoyed the history behind it.

Jeanne said...

Hi Ann, I hope the deer will be alright too. Those fishermen seemed thrilled to play with the doe. I am sure I would have too.

Your post is wonderful. What a wonderful sculptor this man is. Amazing to see. what a day for your children. They may be too young to remember it though. I hope not. I once took our children to see the Nutcracker ballet and not one of them remembered. So much for their culture. HA!

Hugs, Jeanne

Marsha said...

I did enjoy this bit of history - thank you for sharing it :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love history. Those are fabulous carvings. Thank your for sharing this with us today.

~ Tracy

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks like a nice historical outing!

daylily777 said...

Great Pics,very cute grand kids! Looks like a very interesting outing & to get to meet the artist,how exciting !

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love to visit places like this. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Terra said...

I love these sculptures, especially of the woman, wagon and oxen. What strong people the pioneers were.

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