Where Did You Find or Leave Bear?: Derwood, MD

Sunday morning Lucy and her companions woke up early again and began the long drive from St. Louis to North Platte, Nebraska where they planned to stay for the night. Before they left St. Louis, Lucy and her friends made a quick stop back at the Arch so Lucy could dip her toes into the Mississippi River. It was a bit chilly but felt nice since the day was already starting to get hot.

Since Lucy’s new friends were also forensic DNA analysts they decided to stop in Kansas City, Missouri and see the only World War I memorial in the United States. The tower had four statues carved in its top each facing one of the four cardinal directions. They represented courage, honor, patriotism, and sacrifice. The memorial was very moving and Lucy loved the view from the observation deck high at the very top of the memorial’s tower.

Their next stop was in Topeka, the capital of Kansas and the site of one of the most famous court decisions in America’s history….Brown vs. the Board of Education. The case, which challenged the segregation of white and black children in public schools, was heard by the Supreme Court of the United States, and their ruling was the first major step forward in the Civil Rights Movement in the US. Schools could no longer be just for whites or just for blacks, rather everyone had equal rights under the law regardless of the color of their skin. In Topeka, Lucy was able to see the school house that Oliver Brown’s daughter (the man for whom the court case was named) went to school.

The rest of the day was spent driving across the vast prairie land of Kansas into Nebraska, which Lucy could not believe was so flat and wide. Everywhere she looked were fields of long grasses and corn, blowing yellow and green in the breeze. Here and there, fields of sunflowers grew to the horizons and black cattle and colorful horses grazed in fields that seemed to go on forever.

“How would you like to learn to drive here in the United States?” one of Lucy’s companions asked.

“Really? Can I?” Lucy exclaimed with excitement.

“You steer and I’ll work the gas and break pedals,” her companion replied.

“This is so much fun!” Lucy smiled. “Though it’s a little scary driving on the wrong side of the road.”

“Wrong side?” her companions laughed. “We drive on the right side of the road here, literally.”

“Haha, I suppose you are right there,” Lucy laughed.

As they neared their destination for the night, Lucy noticed a few interesting billboards along the interstate and asked her friends if they could stop. The first was the Greyhound Hall of Fame. “For Rex,” Lucy begged. Inside Lucy and her companions met the most famous and successful greyhound in the world, the TalentedMrRipley, or Ripley for short. Ripley, who was 11 years old, had won every possible award that a greyhound could win nationally and internationally in just 2 short years and was retired early. Now he spends his days as the Hall of Fame’s official greeter, and despite her small, furry size, Ripley snuggled gently up with Lucy. The museum itself was dedicated to educating the public on the history of greyhound racing and showcasing the best dogs from across the globe. Lucy’s companions were even able to enter Rex into the Hall of Fame.

Next up Lucy noticed a sign for the World’s Largest Ball of Twine and sure enough there it was on the side of the road with it’s own roof and mailbox for comments. One of Lucy’s friends made sure to make a note in the Ball of Twine’s official notebook for any future visitor to check out Going on a Bear Hunt.

That night Lucy and her friends enjoyed a delicious steak dinner followed by a very special treat for Lucy, s’mores.

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