After a night of severe thunderstorm warnings in Ellendale, we moved on to the next part of our trip - down to Aberdeen where we'd hook up to old Highway 12 - also known as the Yellowstone Trail, which would take us all the way to Miles City, Montana on this day. There were a number of interesting stops along the way to Miles City, so I'm breaking them down into their own separate entries. First stop - Storybook Land in Aberdeen!
I have to admit, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the place as much as I did. I especially thought Paige, now 13-years old, would be unimpressed. But we were both surprised, I think, at how elaborate and fun the place was. There were dozens of life-size settings and characters for just about every famous childhood story you could think of.
|"No, Pinocchio - chiseling your knee won't hurt a bit!"|
|The giant coming down the beanstalk for Jack. Thank heavens he's wearing underwear!|
|The Oz crew|
|The Scarecrow - don't pull his finger!|
|This is actually a giant Tin Man slide - though at first I was afraid that giant ping-pong balls would shoot from between his legs...|
|The Haunted Forest!|
|Paige leaving the Cowardly Lion's den|
Storybook Land is free to walk through. There are also some amusement park-type rides, a gift shop, concessions, bumper boats, mini-golf, go-carts, a petting zoo, and a train ride that winds around the area. Very fun place to go! We spent over an hour there just walking through Storybook Land. I recommend it, even if you don't have kids.