I've been offered a midwifery apprenticeship in Oregon, so it looks like our family is going to be making the drive from upstate New York to Lebanon, Oregon this fall.
We'll be driving along I-84 and Rt. 20 for this part of the trip and I am looking for field trip suggestions for stops along the way.
Our children will be 11, 8, 6, and 4 when we make the trip. We've always homeschooled and I'm thinking we'll treat this like the biggest homeschool field trip we've ever had.
What can you suggest that's clost to the highway that we shouldn't miss?
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
Check out City of Rocks state park, which is in southern Idaho. I haven't been yet, but have heard rave reviews and seen some pretty awesome pictures. It's a good place for kids who climb on rocks. :-)
Boise has a number of nice city parks with a Greenbelt connecting them, which is nice and cheap if everyone needs to stretch their legs. I like to check out the Pendleton Wool Mill in Pendleton, Oregon, though they don't have great bargains too often. HTH!
The High Desert Museum in Bend is really cool, so is Newberry National Volcanic Monument (bend area).
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is pretty cool for a learning experience on wetlands/wildlife, etc-it's about 30mi south of Burns.
The 20 is pretty remote until you get to Bend, Eastern OR is really beautiful.
Once you get to Lebanon there are so many daytrip opportunities that are great experiences for kids-the Willamette Valley is a really great area with tons of stuff to do! Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
I know you posted about homeschool info, my partner is checking with a friend & I'll get back to you once we get some info.
Mommy to DS (12/18/09) Partner to KC
Just going to second the High Desert Museum and the lava caves and such near Bend. Both wonderful!
Not sure what route this is around in Idaho, but the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center there is fantastic. Though it may be too far north.
might not be on your way but the ape caves are cool: http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/MSH/NatMonument/PointsInterest/ape_cave.html