I wish I could have captured the kids' breathless excitement as Chimney Rock came into view. It was a sight they had seen in the Oregon Trail computer game or on the Nebraska quarter. They had read about it historical fiction as the first big geological "road sign" the pioneers saw as they crossed the plains toward the mountains. And although our ride was faster and more comfortable than a covered wagon, it seemed like we had been driving through farm lands and flat lands forever until suddenly, there it was. They were seeing it for the first time like many pioneer children and wandering tourists had before them. I think at this point, they really started to understand how special it is, how fortunate we are, to be able to drive across the country and see places like this with our own eyes.