My parents were great fans of road trips and they always tried to be sure there were opportunities along the way. Once I had a family of my own, I continued to find museums and historic sites to visit during our vacations. Our girls loved to get the auto club books and mark the pages for places they wanted to see. There were usually more chosen than time to visit, but it was a great way to get them involved in our travel planning. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to follow this tradition with our grandson who loves to follow maps and provide directions.
|The original sign for Casa Grande|
One of our favorite things to incorporate into our trips is a visit to nearby National Parks, Historic Sites, and National Monuments. Their Junior Ranger program is a fantastic way for EJ to have fun and learn about the local area. Our first visit this year was to Casa Grande Ruins National Historic Site. We printed the junior ranger activity book out at the hotel so EJ could work on it during the drive there from our vacation base in Tucson. This worked really well, it kept him occupied plus he was ready to hit the ground running as soon as we got to the park. There was a lot to learn about identifying cacti that grow in the area as well as the history of the ruins.
|One of our friendly guides explaining the history of Casa Grande|
|EJ recording the ruins on our GoPro|
|Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony|
Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped at the large covered picnic area for a late lunch. This area boasts several picnic tables and plenty of space for kids to run around and play. There are also a number of interpretive signs that explain more about the area.
|One of the interpretive signs near the picnic area|