Lisa’s 2016 adventure travel bucket list

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It’s 2016. A brand new year of possibilities.  I have also recently turned another year older. It makes me realize how many things I still want to try. I want to stretch myself this year and – besides hitting new destinations during our travels – I want to try new experiences. I have decided to… Continue Reading …

Stella’s burgers live up to the challenge as the best in Omaha

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Hungry? Hungry enough to devour six burger patties, 12 pieces of bacon, six slices of cheese and six fried eggs between a bun? Wait. Don’t answer yet. Let’s top it off with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, jalapenos, peanut butter and pickles. Add a side of French fries. How about now? Eat it in 45 minutes,… Continue Reading …

Vacation memories: Minnesota Paul Bunyan hunt

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Part of an ongoing series reviewing past trips: Who would spend most of a day tracking down Paul Bunyan-related statues and attractions in Minnesota including driving almost 50 miles in cold, rainy weather? Aunt Lisa and Uncle Tim. That’s who. This story goes back a few years. Actually, almost seven years. We spent a week… Continue Reading …

Black History: Topeka’s Brown vs. Board of Education ended racial segregation in schools

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Segregation in education was common through the first half of the 1900s. It would take a series of class action lawsuits and a United States Supreme Court decision to end the practice of separating children for school based on ethnic background. Topeka, Kansas, is the site of the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic… Continue Reading …

Stopping and smelling the flowers at Omaha Cathedral’s annual floral festival

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Hollywood came to Omaha recently as St. Cecelia Cathedral was the site of the 31st annual Cathedral Flower Festival. The two-day floral exhibit featured the theme “A Night at the Movies.” About 25 movies were used as the inspiration for floral designs by Omaha-area florists. We took in the event with Lisa’s aunt Vicki and… Continue Reading …

Black History: Midlands played role in Underground Railroad

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It’s believed that at least 100,000 slaves escaped from the southern states through the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a series of routes and safe houses located throughout the South and other areas that helped slaves escape to safety in Florida, Mexico, northern states and Canada. The Underground Railroad route to Canada included safe… Continue Reading …

National Park Service offers free admission dates as part of its centennial in 2016

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  The National Park Service turns 1oo years old in 2016. Do you know what the very first national park was? Yellowstone National Park was deemed a national park in 1872 by President US Grant. Other parks and monuments followed, but the National Park Service didn’t come together as an organization until 1916, when President… Continue Reading …

New places, familiar haunts highlight our 2016 travel plans

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Trips to Indiana, Wisconsin and return visits to Seattle, South Dakota and North Dakota highlight our 2016 travel plans. Our travel schedule kicks off with a February visit to Clear Lake, Iowa, Feb. 20th. We are going to check out the annual Colors of the Wind kite festival. Participants fly giant kites on the frozen… Continue Reading …

Vacation memories: Glacier, moose , good times top Anchorage visit

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Part of an ongoing series reviewing past trips: As Lisa and I start penciling in plans for a return trip to Alaska next year to visit friends, our thoughts go back to our first visit to America’s “Last Frontier” almost eight years ago. We loved everything we did there, from spending a couple of days… Continue Reading …

Enjoying Clear Lake in the winter

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People tend to hate the snow and cold that comes with winter. Lisa and I visited Clear Lake, Iowa, recently. The weather wasn’t the greatest. A fog prevented us from getting a good view of the lake. Of course, the lake was frozen over for the winter. Winter gives us an opportunity to find a… Continue Reading …

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