Hi! We're Josh and Tori with 1 Anchored Fam! We, along with our 4 kids (14, 12, 8, and 6) ) and 2 dogs, traded in the American dream of 4 walls (4,200 sqft. to be exact) to take our show on the road full time. We figured there was no better time than now to get out and explore this amazing country we live in than now!
When we decided to go through Sioux Falls, we started looking for things to do. After reading travel guides and magazines and seeing videos of the area, we knew a trip to Sioux Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota was a must! After days of really weird and not so great weather, we were able to get out and explore. We really enjoyed the area and the falls, but we kept wondering what happened to all the water ,as it looked nothing like the pictures and videos we had seen. After speaking with some ladies in a local restaurant, they told us the whole area has been in an extreme drought all year. This was kind of a shock to us, as we have seen non stop rain for most of our travels through the year along the lower half of the US. Even with the lack of water, it was still so beautiful and very cool to see all the rocks and how the water runs through them. We walked around in the downtown area getting to see some of the old buildings and the amazing architecture. When we were out in town, we met a lady who recommend we try a South Dakotan staple called chislic, so we added it to the list of must do items. We knew that since we were in an area with so many cool things to do, we had to play tourists for a bit! We made our last day in Sioux Falls the day to get it all done. We dropped phones off at Best Buy (for repair) and went to lunch to give the chislic a try. With the exception of Andrew, we all liked it. Brookelynn said it just tasted like deep fried steak, which is essentially what it is. From there, we headed back to set up the boys' new tent for a quick test run and to pack up for travel day.
As we continue our Little House on the Prairie tour this stop was our favorite. To not only visit but also camp on the real homestead was beyond amazing. As you walk on the exact ground as they did and looking at the history in front of you it really brought it to life. Once we started to exploring the amazing staff walked us through the whole place as the books portrayed it in every aspect. We started our day seeing the simple homes they lived in before they actually built their family home. Then we ventured down to see the resident baby Cow Bright that the kids fell in love with. He just loved all of the attention and so did we lol. As we continued dow to the barn the kids got a lesson in how they lived on the farm and some of the things they did to make products and keep the family feed and clothed. We finished off they trip with a ride to the old school house and a walk to the original church. We were beyond blessed to experience this place and the wholesome feeling it gave us to what was once such a simpler and less complicated time in this world to live.
This stop has been a must see for Tori for about 6 months. Her love for Little House on the Prairie runs deep into her childhood and she got to finally live it out. From the minute she discovered that this place still existed, we knew we had to get there. As we got into town, her excitement began to build more and more. We even got to stay at Plum Creek Park literally on the banks of Plum Creek and Lake Laura. When arrived at the museum to take the tour, it became surreal to finally be there. Every little piece of history spread across the property brings you back to a simpler time when people truly knew how to enjoy the things they had. Spending this time reflecting on the history and explaining it to the kids was so worth the trip. It is definitely a must while in Walnut Grove. We head out the following day to another piece of Little House history when we get the opportunity to visit to the prairie they actually lived on! This place is amazing because we get to actually camp there and enjoy the experience first hand. We hope you enjoy EP-43 and come back next week as we continue this amazing experience as a family.
Although the town it’s was super busy once we got to Slide Rock it was worth every bit of drive. This place is so magical and full of history. These photos barely scratch the surface of what we experienced. We also got to spend some time an awesome family we met in Arizona who have three amazing kids that our kids totally connected with
They fight non stop daily and can’t stop messing with each other to the point where we get beyond frustrated. But they have a very deep special bond that we don’t often see come out. They love each other and most of the fighting comes from the fact that they love each other and love messing around all day.
While getting ready for bed the storm had just started. All of a sudden our daughter came running into our room screaming that something was wrong. As I came out of my room I could see the glow of fire through our blinds to the rear of the trailer. I opened the window and saw our 50 amp cable on fire. I pulled our fire extinguisher 🧯 and ran outside. When I got outside it was still arcing and burning. I was able get the fire under control and get everything disconnected.
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