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Jun 4, 2018 - The journey begins
Elkhorn, NE Our goal for this trip is to travel along the Oregon coast. It will, however, take some time to get there. Given our penchant for rapid travel, we expect this trip to require only 4 months. After all, we project needing 2 days just to get out of Nebraska! It should be fun. As we travel across Nebraska, we are participating in 2 programs. The Great Park Pursuit chose 20 sites across the state. Participants follow clues that lead to a GPP post, where we use a pencil to make an impression of the post. The goal is to "promote active...Jump to full entry
Sep 28, 2017 - De train, de train!
Elkhorn, Ne Although Amtrak has a route right through Omaha, we have never before availed ourselves of this mode of transportation. That is about to change! We are entraining in Omaha and detraining in Denver. Once there, we will have an 8-day tour around Colorado (albeit a very small part of Colorado) and then travel via train back home again. Another item off the list - yahoo!Jump to full entry
Jul 5, 2017 - End of the Journey
Elkhorn, NE We regretfully bid adieu to our hosts and headed out. We made 2 stops, thus requiring 8 hours to travel what some foolish people would do in 3 ½ hours. Nebraska sponsors an activity called The Great Park Pursuit. Nature impressions are located at 20 Great Park Pursuit sites throughout Nebraska. The challenge is to visit as many of the selected park areas as one can between May and September, and do a rubbing of the impression. We stopped at Sioux City Scenic Park to do just that. The Park Pursuit is fun because it takes us to...Jump to full entry
May 31, 2017 - New Adventures
Elkhorn, NE The legendary Great Chowder Cook-Off is the original and longest running event of its kind in the nation, and officially kicks off Rhode Island’s summer festivities! We weren’t doing anything else so we decided to “run out there” since it is less than 1500 miles away. Naturally this will take us quite some time to accomplish despite being well-seasoned travels. We are even planning some 300+ mile days.Jump to full entry
Apr 9, 2017 - End of the journey
Elkhorn, NE What was originally expected to be a 3-day tour turned into a 22-day, 4484-mile adventure. We set out to see birds and blooms and accomplished that. When we passed through the flyway on our way west, there were about 400,000 of the 650,000 Sandhill Cranes around, some having left already because of unusually warm weather. Now, on our return through the area, there are less than 100,000 cranes. Most have eaten their fill and have moved on. By travelling the roads less travelled we were able to spot fewer than 600. Nonetheless, it...Jump to full entry
Mar 19, 2017 - Another adventure - count on it!
Elkhorn, NE The only place in the world where more than 80% of the world’s population of cranes converges every year is on Nebraska’s Platte River Valley. They come to a corridor about 80 miles wide on their journey from Mexico and Central America to as far north as Siberia to rest and refuel. This has been happening for centuries. The shallow braided channels of Nebraska’s Platte River provide safe night-time roost sites. Waste grain in crop fields and insects and plants in adjacent wetlands provide the food needed for migration. That...Jump to full entry
Oct 26, 2016 - Fini!
Elkhorn, NE We spent the night in Waukee, IA, with Jim’s brother Ron and his wife Mary. Another couple from Jim and Ron’s youth joined us. After a wonderful meal cooked by Mary, we enjoyed the rest of the evening in great conversation, laughing at old memories. After a hearty breakfast today, again prepared by Mary, we were off on the final leg to home. Our cultural fix for the day was a stop at the Freedom Rock. The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton, 12-foot tall) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2016 - Wanderlust strikes
Elkhorn, NE We were home for most of the months of June, July and August. Obviously it was time to hit the road again. We had been trying to catch up on all those chores left undone over the last two years and there is only so much one can handle of that!We are headed west to start and then will do an about-face, go east past Nebraska as far as Wisconsin and eventual loop around to head back home. Sure beats doing home maintenance!Jump to full entry
May 7, 2016 - Weary Travelers
Elkhorn, Nebraska Another adventure has ended. Our departure from Antwerp entailed getting up at 4:30, trotting off through the length of Central Station, hopping a shuttle for the trip to Brussels, and going through endless checks at the Brussels airport. Sandi, Rick and brother-in-law Jim all got pulled out for extra checks. Finally we were all boarded and on our way across the ocean. Four of our group left Brussels for Dublin where they changed planes to complete their trip. Our route took us to Chicago where we changed planes and headed...Jump to full entry
Nov 8, 2015 - Home again, home again, jiggity-jig
Elkhorn, NE We were on our last leg of the trip home but just had to make a couple of stops on the way. First we stopped at the Homestead National Monument of America which commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862 and is actually located on the site of the one of the first homesteads claimed under the Act. This Act allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for 5 years of residence and improvement of the property. The Act eventually transferred 270,000,000 acres to private ownership. A...Jump to full entry
Apr 24, 2015 - The end
Elkhorn, NE Weston was once the 2nd largest port on the Missouri River. Buffalo Bill Cody was at one time a resident, and the town was a major "jumping off" point for the Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trails and the California Gold Rush. Now it is an historic town with lots of interesting shops and today was host to the 23rd annual Antiques and Collectibles Show. It is also home to the National Silk Art Museum - truly a one-of-a-kind museum. It exhibits the world's largest collection of woven silk tapestries (more than 300) produced 200 years...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2015 - Southward, ho!
Elkhorn, Ne In our quest to visit all 50 states since Jim's retirement in 2010, we are headed off to the Southeast. Jim has dubbed this one the Dixieland Spring Tour. Given the snow and incredible cold we had been experiencing while this trip was in the planning stages, searching for spring seemed like a good idea. Wouldn't you know it, we are now having gorgeous weather in Nebraska. It is shirt-sleeve weather; things are starting to bud; green things are poking through the ground; almost all snow is gone. Nonetheless, we will be off Friday...Jump to full entry