Nebraska

    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. We explored…

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

    5/12/18 •

    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 volcano more…

    Experience Authentic Czech Cuisine at the Bohemian Cafe, Nebraska

    2/29/16 •

    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 apple strudel…

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

    10/02/17 •

    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 a time,…

    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 the last…

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

    4/21/18 •

    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 confluence of…

    Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Nebraska

    5/21/17 •

    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…

    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. A climb…

    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 grand view…