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Oct 23, 2020 - Home

Elkhorn, Ne although we were slated for another couple of days on the road, the severe turn in the weather made Jim worry. The expected low tonight is 25F which is cold enough to freeze pipes. Our sprinkler system was still on - hence the concern. When we left Ft. Morgan, it was chilly with a strong wind suggesting that the storm predicted for the weekend will have some teeth to it. Because of the marathon drive (6 1/2 hours of driving is HUGE for us!) we had no sight-seeing stops. One can, however, see the Great Platte River Road Archway...

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Aug 5, 2020 - Home again, home again, jiggity jig

Elkhorn, NE We continue to wend our way home. The landscape is starting to change to crops although there are still areas of ranches and cattle. Our Park Pursuits to day were both at reservoirs - essential but distinctively man-made in appearance unless one is a careful photographer. Our Passports stops were a little frustrating. Two of them were closed - one for their hour-long lunch and one because it had afternoon hours only. We were able, however, to get into the Platte County Museum. It was actually 3 buildings, one of which was an...

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Jul 25, 2020 - Out of the heat

Elkhorn, NE Almost packed - the heat index is 105 to 110 so heading to the mountains sounds like a great idea! We will be off in the morning to Colorado. Our sister-in-law rented a condo for a week and invited us to join them. The "them" will consist of our sister-in-law Diana, our niece Elizabeth, our grand-nieces Kayla and Lily and our grand-nephew Sawyer so there will be 7 of us.

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Jul 1, 2020 - Odds and ENDs

Elkhorn, NE This was the end of our 10-day stay in Keystone, SD. We were headed out to Scottsbluff in the western end of Nebraska. It seemed like a good idea when we were planning the trip. How were we to know it was going to turn hot? Temperatures all across the plains of Nebraska are in the 90s with high humidity. Then the air conditioning on the car (repaired only 1 month ago) went out. We got nothing but hot air - just like outside. That decided it. We cut things short and headed home. It was a marathon drive for us and was pretty...

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South Dakota Sortie

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...

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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!

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Choo Choo Colorado

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...

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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.

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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...

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Birds and Blooms

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...

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Birds and Blooms

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...

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Up in Door

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!

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Up in Door

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