Minnesota to Wisconsin

Sunday was a great day! I found a church in Bloomington, Minnesota to go to, it really made me appreciate my home church! The service was a mix of traditional and contemporary, so it was fun to use some of the “Devine Service II” (if you grew up in a traditional lcms church, you will know what that means! Lol!) and sing a couple hymns. It was confirmation for many young people, which initially I thought “ehhh, really wish I missed the confirmation service for a whole bunch of people I don’t know”, but as God usually does in only the way he can, I was right where I needed to be! In a weird way, this whole road trip is kind of a re-confirmation of my own faith! I am trusting in him in a whole new way right now while I venture completely out of my comfort zone!

Heading into Wisconsin I stopped and toured Crystal Cave and then went to the Leinenkougles Brewery. At the end of last summer I discovered Summer Shandy and love it, so it was fun to stop at the brewery! I have also tried their grapefruit shandy (thank you Danielleūüėä) and I think that is my new favorite!

As I drove to Spring Green, WI, I think google took me on all the backroad highways! It was so pretty! The scenery and terrain is so different than Nebraska- winding roads, up and down hills, and lots of trees. It was a great scenic route that was really nice.

I have so many gadgets and tools to use that make my trip much easier and safer! I love my phone holder that attaches to my car vent, it makes navigating so much easier. Plus google maps is pretty state of the art! I have started talking out loud to her also! We have become great friends! Lol! I also have several apps that will pop up and tell me what is near me which it pretty cool.

Gotta go for now getting ready to tour the Taliesin-Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate! (He’s a famous architect mom!)



Getting in the swing of things!

Friday –
I think I am more a fan of Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert than the original Ingalls family! My all time favorite TV series is Little House on the Prairie, so I thought it would be fun to visit the homestead/museum areas in De Smet, SD. ¬†Right now they are only open for school field trips so I was welcome to walk the prairie and see all the reconstructed buildings – but it was cold and windy, so I looked from afar and didn’t see anything that looked like what I saw on the TV show!!! ¬†(I wasn’t expecting it too!!) ¬†I did go into town and get to tour the Survey’s House that the Ingalls lived in for a winter when they first moved here before they homesteaded. ¬†That was original and very humbling.

Walnut Grove is just a couple hours down the road, there is a museum that I will visit tomorrow, but nothing that looks like the TV show, which is how I came to realize, I am much more a fan of the TV show than the original Laura!!

Saturday –
After a fun visit at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, (this one was fun and included both fact and TV show stuff), I headed for Minneapolis.  Another long day Рbut figured out a lot of things that will be usefully along the way.  I feel like I did a lot of unnecessary driving today and figured out what I need to do to plan better!

One stop that was pretty surreal was going to Paisley Park, Price’s residence. ¬†Before his death I didn’t even know he lived here, but I was only 20 minutes away so I decided to drive by. ¬†It was amazing to see the outpouring of fans and all the items, letters, flowers, and stuff they have attached to the fence around his property. ¬†Quite sad, but very touching to see the love that remains for him.

After day two, I feel a little more at ease and somewhat prepared now. ¬†It’s funny, I have to get used to EVERY decision! ¬†There is no one to ask, “Should we do this or do that?” ¬†I can’t say, “Whatever you want to do is fine!!” ¬†That’s probably why I felt like I did so much extra driving today – I wasn’t a good decision maker!!! ¬†That is obviously a skill I will need to improve! ¬†And I am now talking OUT LOUD to myself!!! ¬†Oh Lord!! ¬†I had to laugh when I would catch myself doing that!!


This is the week!

The excitement is building, but so are the nerves! In less than 3 days, I will be on the road – away from home, family, friends, and the known. I guess with any great adventure comes a certain amount of fear!

After the months of planning and preparing, it’s hard to believe it’s time to set out. ¬† I’ve come to realize though this trip is much bigger than just me and my adventure. ¬†Somehow, someway this trip is all part of a bigger plan. ¬†I’m not sure what God has in store for these next few months, but I know he is the one who is really in the drivers seat. ¬†I can’t even begin to imagine the wonderment that will surely happen throughout this journey. ¬†I guess knowing he is part of all this makes my fear subside for brief moments!

I hope many of you will follow along with me through my blog. ¬†I’m not sure how often I will post, but I plan to frequently as this will also serve as my way to remember everything that is bound to happen along the way! ¬†Please keep in mind, I am not a writer! ¬†So forgive any randomness or lack of structure! ¬†Also, feel free to comment! ¬†You can comment either through facebook, my site, or send me an email at tongish@windstream.net.

Finally, keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  This will be a life changing experience!

3 Weeks and Counting!

Preparing to be gone for over 2 months is an immense undertaking, especially when¬†I’m¬†also trying to finish up tax season at the same time!¬† Keeping my priorities in line is taking effort!

The excitement is building!¬† Looking into places to visit is so much fun.¬† I originally thought I would be gone for about 2 months, but as I add to my list of things to do and visit it looks like it might be a bit closer to two and a half months!¬† It’s so freeing to not have a schedule!

If you have recommendations for places along or close to my route, be sure to comment!  Those are sometimes the best spots!

Can’t wait to get this show on the road!!¬† (pun intended)

The Route



Leaving from Lincoln, NE

  1. Little House on the Prairie Museum, De Smet, SD
  2. Fort Snelling, MN
  3. Taliesin Preservation in Spring Green, WI
  4. Starved Rock State Park, IL
  5. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL
  6. Gateway Arch, Saint Louis, MO
  7. West Baden Springs Hotel, IN
  8. Mammoth Cave National Park, Bowling Green, KY
  9. Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH
  10. Niagara Falls, NY
  11. Shelburne Farms, VT
  12. Mt Washington Hotel, NH
  13. Arcadia National Park, ME
  14. Blackstone, MA  **Colleen!
  15. The Breakers, New Port, RI
  16. Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, CT
  17. Statue of Liberty, New York, NY
  18. The Liberty Bell, PA
  19. Cape May, NJ
  20. New Castle, DE
  21. Annapolis, MD
  22. Washington D.C.
  23. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, VA
  24. Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg, WV
  25. Wright Bros National Memorial, NC
  26. Myrtle Beach, SC
  27. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC
  28. Okefenokee Swamp Park, GA
  29. USS Alabama, Mobile, AL
  30. The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
  31. Vicksburg National Military Park, MS
  32. Graceland, Memphis, TN
  33. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, AR
  34. Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulpher, OK
  35. San Antonio River Walk, TX
  36. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
  37. Pikes Peak, CO