|the lush green countryside was a vast difference from the rocky desert we had left just a short time ago|
|well off the beaten path, but margaret the gps got us there|
we did not know, but were very pleased to discover, that a celtic festival was present on that very weekend.
|yes, we did purchase a set of these for the kids to do battle with safely. sort of. diana got a lovely little dagger.|
|ander also felt comfortable petting this gentle giant eagle owl.|
we could have stayed all day to listen to music, eat food, and browse the vendors, but the lure of the runestones was too great.
the visitor's center had some great exhibits. more exciting for me than anyone else in the family, except maybe for diana, who spent some time studying runes. she loves the written word in so many forms, including elder futhark.*
there were two paths down to the runestone, which was protected within a building constructed around it. it was fun for the kids to split up to see who would arrive first.
as we drove towards the state border, we discussed with amusement the mixes of words to create names, like arkoma and texarkana. we stopped for lunch at waffle house, since ander did not get his requisite pancake or waffle for breakfast at the hotel. forget about "the natural state" - ander dubbed arkansas "the waffle state."
day 1 - woodland, ca to yosemite bug = 178 miles
day 2 - to san marcos, ca = 390 miles
day 3 - to williams, az = 576 miles
day 4 - round trip train ride to grand canyon = 120 miles
day 5 - to santa rosa, nm = 437 miles
day 6 - to shawnee, ok = 460 miles
day 7 - to lonoke, ar = 319 miles
miles traveled by end of day 7 = 2480 miles
on to the next travel post
* please, to anyone who would like to seriously debate or debunk any of the information about vikings, runes, or anything else pertaining to them, kindly go elsewhere. there are scholars about this who are far more prepared and interested in engaging with you. i present it in the spirit of sharing our experience. it was fun for us.