Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A group of Kansas youngsters is finding out what it might have been like traveling hundreds of miles across wide expanses of prairie in the 1800s.
More than 85 fifth- and sixth-graders are in the third day of a 12-day journey across Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico on a whirlwind tour of the Santa Fe trail. Camping in tents overnight and sharing chores such as cooking and cleaning, participants say they are getting a hands-on experience similar to what early pioneers might have gone through.
All except the air-conditioned bus, of course, that takes them from stop to stop.
The trip has been offered every two years since 1985, and organizers say it builds an appreciation of history the students will someday pass on to their own children.