Summer/Fall Trip 2010 travel blog

California Tacos and More-Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Bronze Wagon Train in Downtown Omaha

Pioneers on the Wagon Train

Another Wagon on the Train

The First Wagon of the Wagon Train

Bison Spooked by the Wagon Train

More Bison Running Away

Bison Rounding the Corner

Bison Scattering Some Geese

The Geese Taking Flight

Our First View of the Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins Everywhere

First Race of the Pigtucky Derby

Second Race of the Derby

Third Race of the Derby

Last Race - Ran Out of Pigs

More Animals at the Pumpkin Patch

Checkers and Tic Tac Toe at the Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Cannon at the Pumpkin Patch

Another Critter at the Pumpkin Patch

Outside the Haunted Farmhouse

More Pumpkins and Fall Colors

A Tractor Ride on the Farm

An Old School Bus Replica

Leaving the Pumpkin Patch

Today we decided to go to one of the Diner, Drive-ins and Dives but when we got there, we found that it was closed on Mondays and so we went on to another. This one, California Tacos and More, specializes in, what else, California Tacos. These are made with a bread rather than corn tortilla, which is deep fried then filled with the normal taco fillings. It was very good and large enough that one was plenty. After lunch, we went on downtown to a spot where bronze statues have been spread between two parks a couple of blocks apart. They tell a story of westward expansion. It begins at one of the parks with a wagon train and settlers. There are four wagons and numerous statues of settlers. The wagon train has spooked some Bison who head down the street perpendicular to the park. As they round the corner, one of the Bison is seen cutting through the corner of the building (see picture). They run on down the next street where they scare a flock of geese who take flight. The statues are slightly larger that lifesize and quite spectacular. It is really a nice idea, linking the modern buildings of downtown with a piece of its history.

Leaving downtown, we headed for Vala's Pumpkin Patch which is near where we are staying in Gretna. As with most Pumpkin Patches, this one is family run. It began when Mr. Vala graduated from college and decided to go into farming with no prior experience. By trial and tribulation he became quite successful and began to open the farm to visitors for pumpkin season. All of the family participated with grandparents making and selling snacks, mother doing finance and advertising and the children helping out where they could. It has developed into a sort of amusement park. They have pumpkins everywhere (for sale for 39 cents per pound), pig races (called Pigtucky Derby), a host of animals to feed, a Haunted Farmhouse, a Corn Maze (cut to look like jack-o-lantern faces, numerous food outlets and all sorts of activities for kids of all ages. We saw the pig races which were a lot of fun. There were three races involving three rare breed of pigs then a duck race (they needed prompting). We also went successfully through the Corn Maze and visited the Haunted House. We watched them launch a pumpkin with an air cannon about two to three hundred yards away. There are numerous food places where you can get everything from a meal to cotton candy and carmel apples. On nights and weekends, they have bands and entertainment as well as campfires where you can roast marshmallows and make s'mores. While there are many more things to do here, the pumpkins are not nearly as big and spectacular as at Burt's our hometown favorite, and you have to pay to get in at Vala's. We spent a couple of hours at the Pumpkin Patch then headed home.

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