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North America » United States » Nebraska » Omaha May 21st 2011

It was nice being able to leave the house at 6:20am and not need a jacket. The driveway showed signs of a rain sometime during the night but the forecast was not calling for rain. The cooler was filled with cheese, mayo, onion, 12-grain whole wheat bread, mustard, and a couple of jugs of Nestle iced tea. The sun was already up when I left the house and drove to the highway and headed north to Omaha. For personal reasons I had cancelled my appointment with the Henry Doorly Zoo but the issues had been resolved late Friday night and I decided to continue with the trip. About an hour south of Council Bluffs, IA, I realized that in my haste of getting everything ready to go, I had neglected to pack the deli cuts in ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska May 9th 2011

April 29, 2011 Friday North Platte, NE. Weather clear, 56 degrees and very windy. Mileage 4379; got gas at $3.789 per gal. Buffalo Bill Cody had a ranch in this town, which was a surprise to us. We expected Montana or Wyoming, but not Nebraska! One of the biggest freight yards for the Union Pacific Railroad is located here. Drove interstate 80 to Brule (not to be confused with Buhl, which we go through later), and then on Highway 30 (which seems to be THE old Oregon Trail road) to a dirt road to see the California Hill ruts. This was the typical directions that we were following. “Drive west through Brule on US 30 for about 4 miles. Watch for a granite 1912 Neb. State Historical monument for the Oregon Trail on the north side ... read more
OT72 Ap29 Our footprints on the Trail
OT73 Ap29 roads to the ruts
OT74 Ap29 Ash Hollow looking down on the N. Platte

North America » United States » Nebraska May 6th 2011

Headed for the Rock Creek visitors’ center to tour the exhibits and see the outside buildings. It was closed, so we wasted a morning waiting around for it to be open at the posted time. Looked over the ranch buildings from the top of the hill and at the ruts and swales. Fortunately we had a little brochure that showed the layout of the buildings. This station made famous by the penny novels of the day. Wild Bill Hickok was a hired stock tender at this pony express/wagon trails station and murdered the owner and two other men, but it was written such that he was a hero and killed 3 bandits—thus began his career as gunfighter extraordinaire. Drove on to Fairbury and looked at a city mural of a visiting circus passing down main street ... read more
OT62 Ap28 Rock Creek Station
OT63 Ap28 Fairbury mural
OT64 Ap28 Fort Kearney blacksmith shop

North America » United States » Nebraska April 21st 2011

The last day and it is raining. Got train and managed to get seats but all the marathon runners were going home so packed. into New York on time. Had time to look at the city again before the limo ride back to the airport. 7 hours later we were at Heathrow. Another bus ride back to our multi million pound terminal 5 and our latest adventure is over.... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » North Platte March 28th 2011

Heading back east, crossing the Colorado state line at Nebraska. 80,000,000 head of cattle couldn't be wrong!... read more
Northeast Colorado Cattle Ranch
Future Big Macs and Quarter Pounders...Yummy!
Welcome to Nebraska...Home of Excitement!!


North America » United States » Nebraska » Omaha September 20th 2010

It's 1:56 a.m. as I write this post. Why am I up so late, you might ask? Because you all mean that much to me! That's right folks, I have put making sure I keep in contact with YOU ahead of packing. Did I mention I leave in two days? But that's the fun about a trip like this. I have spent 12 years of my life planning, organizing, preparing, studying, swimming, and generally working my butt off. Now it's time for me to just BE. While I'm in New Zealand, I'll work 4 days, then have 3 days off to travel and experience New Zealand outside of Wellington (where I'll be staying). A shout out to Grandma Wise for the quote of the day: "Wherever you are, make sure you're there." I fully intend on ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Lincoln September 13th 2010

So this is the beginning of my blogging experience. My intention for starting this blog was to document my travels/adventures for my upcoming season in Antarctica. In order to give a full spectrum of the experience and to learn more about blogging, I have decided to start with a quick illustration of preparations and training leading up to deployment in October. Currently I am sitting in Lincoln NE. enjoying all the culture this fine place has to offer, and surprisingly, even to myself I am not being sarcastic. The town is actually quite nice maybe a little isolated form all things that I have grown accustom to growing up in california but the downtown area is quaint, and the surrounding landscape is not flat, however it is covered with corn and soybeans. This weekend I ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Scottsbluff July 24th 2010

Arrived at Scottsbluff in the middle of the pm and got set up, ran out to the store, got things out to wipe down the RV, and prepared to grill outside. Can you guess what happened? We got our first heavy rain since we left Sunshine RV Resort in Lake Placid, Fla. the middle of April. How about that? We have been commenting on how fortunate we have been with weather. We have now had a thunderstorm and a short rain --- which came just after we had wiped down the RV to remove dust. It lasted a whole half hour at the most with drizzle, rain, heavy rain, and then drizzle. Then it was gone!!!!! And out I went to grill! It was to rain all night but if it did we didn't notice. In ... read more
Old School or church
Bill standing by outer wall

North America » United States » Nebraska » Alliance July 18th 2010 bottom was hurting this morning when I woke up !! I'm thinking there just wasn't enough cushion on that saddle yesterday. Thank goodness the pain got a little better as the day went on. We were in Scottsbluff, Nebraska at the local Wal-Mart when we got up but we wouldn't be there long. It was an early morning for us and we were up and at it at the crack of dawn. Not only was I hurting from the horseback ride yesterday but I was also still feeling a little anxious about the rattlesnake incident. I just couldn't get that rattling sound out of my head or the vision of the rattler itself rattling. Hopefully, in time, I will be able to put it all out of my mind and forget about it. Tim had ... read more
Hanging out by the tree at Buffalo Bill's Ranch
Beautiful scenery at Buffalo Bill's Ranch in North Platte, Nebraska
Scouts Rest Ranch barn at Buffalo Bill's home in North Platte, Nebraska

North America » United States » Nebraska » Doniphan July 11th 2010

This morning the wind has calmed which was good since we had to take down the camper without it turning into a sail. We headed out about 8 am. Had planned on stopping for breakfast right off but the town of Pine Bluff didn't have anything. We stretched the gas before our first stop until the reserve light came on. NEVER WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN especially in the middle of Nebraska! We finally found a McD and a gas station in Sidney, NE. They even had a Wal-mart. The best part was they are the headquarters for Cabela the sport outfitters. Had to check that out. They had this huge display with stuffed animals like none I've ever seen even in a museum. They also had huge fresh water fish tanks with the kind of ... read more
Stuffed goats at the entrance to Cabela's
Huge stuffed display in the middle of Cabela's
Children of the Corn

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