Wagons Ho! Omaha sculptures tell pioneer story

Nebraskans are known to have a pioneer spirit. It’s considered the determination and strong work ethic we take pride in. That attitude can be explained by having more than 600,000 people cross the state over a two-decade period in the mid-1800s along the Oregon and Mormon trails. The pioneer story is recognized with a series […]

Stars align – Planet Comicon rolls into Kansas City April 28-30

Thousands of fans, dozens of celebrities and hundreds of cosplayers will descend on to Kansas City in less than a week in one of the Midwest’s largest and most popular comic cons. Planet Comicon will host its 19th convention at Kansas City’s downtown convention center April 28-30. What started as a small gathering in 1999 […]

Nebraska at 150: Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland

Editor’s Note: Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. As the state observes its sesquicentennial, we are revisiting some of the state’s attractions. Today, we take a look at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland… My dad’s parents came to America from Malmo, Sweden, in the early 1900s. So, my dad and his twin […]

‘Talk to the Animals’ – Meeting new animals at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The red wolf is a perfect example why we need to protect wild animals. Less than 30 years ago, only 14 red wolves existed in the world. The wolves were captured and brought to the Tacoma zoo, thanks to a program supported through American zoos and aquariums. The Species Survival Plan helped Point Defiance Zoo […]

‘The Rock’ – Visiting Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz is called “The Rock.” It sits in San Francisco Bay, minutes away from the city by boat. It was a place where prisoners who could not be controlled went to spend their time. Visiting Alcatraz is an awesome experience – both sobering and exhilarating. You can see where some of the most famous criminals spent […]

Guten Tag: Check out New Ulm’s history and culture

History and culture combine to provide a fun-filled weekend in New Ulm. The southwestern Minnesota community has an interesting history, from German immigration in the mid-1800s to being part of the Indian Wars in the early 1860s. The town defended itself against two attacks by the Dakota tribe. The tribe had a reservation near the […]

Nebraska at 150: Kearney Classic Car Collection

Editor’s Note: Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. As the state observes its sesquicentennial, we are revisiting some of the state’s attractions. Today, we take a look at the Classic Car Collection in Kearney… The Classic Car Collection in Kearney should be on everyone’s to-do list when traveling in central Nebraska. We stopped […]

Go Big Red! Lincoln collector opens Husker football gallery

Nebraska Cornhusker fans love their football. They love everything about the Husker program. I remember a time when once someone found out you had tickets to a home game, they held you in awe. Kids grew up wanting to be a Husker. The state basically shut down during a home game, especially back in the […]

Anchors Aweigh: A visit to Bremerton’s naval attractions

As we entered Bremerton, the first thing that popped into my head was the song “Anchors Aweigh,” the Naval Academy’s march. If you’re a fan of American naval history, then the city along Washington’s Puget Sound is for you. My daughter Mallory and I spent an afternoon touring the Navy museum, as well as a […]

Otterly Divine: Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

My second visit to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo could have been titled “Otters. Otters. And More Otters.” Our daughters are addicted to otters. They even have matching otter tattoos, with outstretched arms toward the other. My visit with Mallory included spending extra time at the otter exhibit (to be fair, they are adorable animals and […]

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