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Sep 18, 2019 - Day 2

We made it to Mormon Island State Park outside of Grand Island, NE today. We got here later than we wanted because we took a detour in Iowa to the Neal Smith National Refuge. It was incredible! We went because I wanted to see buffalo in their natural habitat. It was so much more than that. This place has 5600 acres that they are trying to reconstruct to the original ecosystem of the prairies. It's a huge undertaking. So far they've only completed 300 acres. Definitely a work in progress. Plus, they have the largest butterfly garden that...

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Apr 28, 2019 - Davenport, IA to Grand Island, NE

Thankfully an uneventful trip to Grand Island today. No rain, no snow, lots of cloud and some blue skies here and there. . Interesting things to see along the way - the largest covered wagon in the US, the Bob Feller Museum, birthplace of John Wayne, and Herbert Hoover. Also the Biggest Truck Stop on Iowa 80! Who knew?! We passed a billboard proclaiming a nearby quilt shop with 4000 bolts of fabric ... nope, didn't get to see that one! . Rose and I have figured out that if we were doing this drive alone, we'd probably need a month to get...

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Sep 29, 2018 - DAY 4 - Last Hurrah

DAY 4 SUMMARY – We hit Grand Island, Dannebrog, St. Paul, St. Libory and everything in between. We drove over 200 miles and spent $300. We bought the fewest number of items (around 50), but we got some of the coolest things. It was in the 40s and rainy all day, but our spirits were not dampened by the gloomy weather until our “allowance” ran out and the van was so full we had to pack items in one of our suitcases. The van is packed from the floor to ceiling – the only room left is on our laps! The best, most unusual purchases we made today...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Rock Creek Station

Beatrice, NE Our rubbing/passport quest took us to several places today including Hebron, Nebraska, home to the World’s Largest Porch Swing. The swing seats between 18 and 24 depending on bun width and is suspended from a giant crop irrigator pole. It was built in 1985 and is so popular that tour busses stop by. We have seen quite a few “ests” including the largest ball of stamps and the largest ball of twine. Now we can add one more! Another nice stop was Rock Creek Station, a stage and Pony Express station. In 1861, James Butler Hickok...

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Sep 8, 2018 - Taylor

Grand Island, NE We continue traipsing around Nebraska in pursuit of stamps and rubbings. A delightful stop today was the small village of Taylor, NE, population 182. Although only the main street is paved, we were impressed with the town. The homes were well kept and there seemed to be a lot of civic pride. Taylor’s claim to fame is the Villagers, life-sized people cut-outs painted in black and white. They are made to look like people who would have lived, worked, and played in the town between 1890 and 1920, when Taylor was at its peak....

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Jul 15, 2018 - Grand Island NE – Morman Island State Park

Moving on, we stopped for the night at Morman Island State Park. We were hoping to visit a winery we really like up in Saint Paul NE, but it closed too early on Sundays and we couldn’t make it. Still, we found some peace and quiet which was welcome after the crowds and hubbub at Fremont. That campground really packs in the crowds on the weekend.

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Retired at Last!

Mar 4, 2018 - Goodbye Antenna

. With a winter storm bearing down on the Upper Midwest, Hazel and I got out of town just in time to keep ahead of it. It wasn't until I was a hundred miles or so down the road that I realized we'd been at the lake cabin for 5 months. How did that happen? A body at rest really does stay at rest, and I made a firm resolution not to let that happen again. . Driving the motorhome seemed a bit awkward to me, after months of driving nothing bigger than the Chevy Tracker I was now towing, and I making some mistakes, and things were happening...

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Aug 29, 2017 - An American Tradition

Today we chose to drive and not follow the Oregon Trail, having not slept well at the campground (barking dog, cool night air). We traveled 137 miles to our next campground on the Trail at Grand Island, Nebraska. We traveled part of the way on US 80, the very road that we travel when we visit Marilyn's mom in NJ. It parallels Rte 30, which is the nation's first transcontinental highway and is also known as the Lincoln Highway. It is a road that takes us through towns rather than around them and helps us see more of the country. The towns...

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Aug 16, 2017 - A new timezone

10.5 hours and 4 states later Wednesday, August 16:Indiana to Nebraska Weather: cloudy for most of the day and cooler temperatures in the low 80s. A brief cloudburst passing from west to east just after a gas stop near Stuart, Iowa, which lowered the temperature into the high 70s Route: US-231N → I-74N (surface rough enough to save Dash-Cam video in places) → I-80W (where I-74 becomes I-280 and I-80 turns north); 70mph through Indiana, Illinois and Iowa (dropping to 65mph through cities); 75mph in Nebraska Highlights: -- a quick but yummy...

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Mar 31, 2017 - A easy and short day

It took a little longer getting started this morning. We were all still tired from yesterday. We got checked out of the Salina KOA and got back on the road. Today was only going to be 137 mile day and we should be off the road around 3 or 4 o'clock. We made it to York, Nebraska and stopped at the Walmart to pick up things for dinner. We pulled into the Mormon State Recreation Area in Grand Island, Nebraska. It is a small RV park with a lake and wooded area. It is named because it was a stop over for the Mormons on their way to west. They...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Bunker time

Grand Island NE We were definitely questioning the wisdom of this adventure at 4:30 am when the alarm went off. We had a quick breakfast and were all on the bus by 5:30, albeit a little groggy, driving down the road bundled up in all our winter gear and watching the rain shower the windshield. After an orientation and review of the rules at the Crane Trust, we arrived at the Crane Trust Blind on the Platte River. Here we stumbled down a trail in the pitch black of the night with a wind chill close to freezing. We walked in total silence...

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Birds and Blooms

Mar 20, 2017 - Grand adventure

Grand Island, NE We took off from home and drove a bit over 2 hours to reach Grand Island, Nebraska. For us, the official tour started at the Chocolate Bar in Grand Island. There we met the rest of the group who had come on the bus while we drove our own car. We were 33 in all. At the Chocolate Bar in the downtown area, we had a beautifully presented and yummy lunch in an historic building. From there we proceeded to the Grand Theatre. We learned the history of the building and about the group preserving it. We also had a brief seminar on...

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Birds and Blooms

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