Nebraska

    The Picturesque Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Nebraska

    3/24/15 •

    Where can you find a picturesque state park, a drive-through safari and an enormous air museum -- all at the same freeway exit? They're clustered at I-80's Exit 426, located between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park offers family-friendly activities and beautiful scenery year-round. Its 70-foot observation tower offers a...

    Arbor Lodge Historical State Park, Nebraska

    2/17/14 •

    If you think of Nebraska as a flat, treeless prairie, a visit to the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum will change your mind. This site in Nebraska City is the home of Arbor Day, a national tree-planting holiday initiated by Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton in 1872. Arbor Day is observed on...

    Take Part in the German Heritage Days in Grand Island, Nebraska

    4/18/15 •

    The "running of the wieners" at German Heritage Days in Grand Island, Nebraska is safer than the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and more fun than a barrelful of monkeys. Every September, about 100 dachshunds speed down a special track in the Wiener Dog Race. Eight to 10 dogs race at...

    Unusual Lighthouse at Lake Minitare State Recreation Area, Nebraska (1)

    2/24/13 •

    While traveling in western Nebraska, my husband and I heard about an unusual lighthouse at the Lake Minitare State Recreation Area. The 55-foot-tall structure is the only inland lighthouse in Nebraska, and one of only seven nationwide. Civilian Conservation Corps workers built the shelter/observation tower out of native stone between 1937 and 1939....

    The Pony Express Station in Gothenburg, Nebraska

    8/27/13 •

    While we were returning from a summer camping trip out West, my husband and I found the charming prairie town of Gothenburg, which bills itself as the "Pony Express Capital of Nebraska". Here, you'll find two of the few remaining Pony Express stations, including one on private land 4 miles south of town....

    Experience Authentic Czech Cuisine at the Bohemian Cafe, Nebraska

    9/18/12 •

    If you're hungry for authentic Czech cuisine, stop at the Bohemian Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska. Established in 1924, the restaurant reflects the area's strong Czech heritage. Specialties include goulash, roast duck and veal -- and you can't beat the wonderful sauerbraten and traditional sweet-and-sour cabbage and dumplings. For dessert, I recommend the homemade...

    Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park, Nebraska: Home of the Largest Intact Fossil Bed

    10/24/12 •

    Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in northeast Nebraska contains the largest intact fossil bed ever discovered from that time period. It includes hundreds of perfectly preserved animal skeletons (see above) wrapped in a blanket of ash that's thought to be 10 million years old. Scientists believe the ash came from an Idaho...

    Hiking, Fishing, and Boating at Niobrara State Park, Nebraska

    9/04/12 •

    While traveling in our RV along the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska, we took the advice of a friend and camped at Niobrara State Park, near where Lewis and Clark made camp during their epic trek. Our friend was right -- this is truly a lovely place. Situated among rolling hills at the...

    Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Nebraska

    8/10/12 •

    Decades ago, I visited Father Flanagan's Boys Town, about 10 miles west of Omaha, with a college group. You know what they say about first impressions. Well, I was impressed -- and memories of that visit are still vivid to this day. In the nearly 60 years since, Omaha has expanded around...

    Prairie Dog State Park in Northwestern Kansas

    7/26/13 •

    ...40 campsites with partial hookups and 16 with just electrical hookups, plus showers, restrooms and two dump stations. The park is on State Highway 261, about 1 mile south of U.S. Highway 36 and roughly 5 miles southwest of Norton, which is where Highway 36 meets U.S. Highway 283, 11 miles south of the Nebraska...

    Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington: Turning Sheep's Wool Turn Into Fabric (1)

    7/18/12 •

    ...machines rinse, soak and dry the fabric, tightening it up. During final inspection, workers watch the fabric pass over bright light panels. They mark even the tiniest flaw with a piece of tape, alerting manufacturers. The fabric is then shipped to Nebraska, where it's sewn into world-famous Pendleton garments and blankets. With this tour under...

    Missouri's DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge: 200,000 Artifacts on Display

    2/11/15 •

    The cargo of the sunken paddle-wheel steamboat Bertrand, on display at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, provides a fascinating snapshot of life in the steamboat era. The Bertrand sank 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska on April 1, 1865, while heading up the Missouri River to newly discovered gold...