Family Outings

Friday Flashback: Nebraska’s Ashfall and the Missed Photo Op

In 1996, I was privileged to go on road trip with two VIP’s.  At least they definitely were to me.  Weeks away from starting my first “grown-up” job teaching fifth graders, I went up and stayed with my grandparents for several days late that summer.

They were the ones who initiated the outing.  At age 84 and 88, they still got around quite well.  Although they did have me drive, they picked the destination.  Ashfall.

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I loved the time we spent there!  The above picture of a picture almost captures the fun adventures that await for anyone that chooses to visit.

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In fact, I captured the experience in one of my very first scrapbook layouts.  Documenting the landscape and the fossils complete with stickers of the animals that once were found here in Nebraska in ages long ago (probably right before Noah’s great flood), I still enjoy remembering that trip.  I would have enjoyed seeing all of those animals.  Hopefully sometime we will get to take our kids there!

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My biggest regret: while I managed to document the place, for whatever reason I did not document the people.  No pictures exist of the couple that day that wanted to make a memory with their oldest granddaughter. I can still picture them then – Grandma guiding Grandpa along as he was no longer quite as steady.  Arm-in-arm, they walked the paths, just as they traveled through life.

They are both gone now – on to meet their Savior.  I still miss them.  In fact, tears are streaming down my face as I type this.  I am hopeful that maybe a picture of them together that day still exists in one of my many boxes of snapshots waiting to be documented.  But I am afraid that I will just be forever relying on the pictures in my head, rather than on the page, for the memories that day.

I still take many, many pictures of places.  But today, as we were on yet another adventure, I was intentional about capturing my kids in the moment.  For that is what will really matter someday.

 

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Ashfall Fossill Beds: Ancient Adventure in Nebraska

As you  maybe guessed from my title yesterday, a guest blogger is being featured on “Odyssey Through Nebraska” today.  This post is by my dear friend, Lynnette, a fellow homeschool mom.  Our kids are very close in age and get along very well.  Almost too well as they have gotten into some mischief on occasion … 🙂  I know you will enjoy reading her recap of one of my favorite Nebraska places.

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As a transplant to Nebraska, I get to learn about the state right along with my kids. I learned about Ash Fall Fossil Beds a number of years ago- perhaps at Morrill Hall, and my mother-in-law was very excited about doing this trip with us. (She was a high school science teacher before kids, then a preschool teacher for a number of years. The perfect traveling companion for a trip like this with five kids!) We had been waiting for the kids to be old enough to learn something, as well as for me not to be pregnant or nursing. 🙂  The time had finally come!

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Ash Fall Fossil Beds is open from May 1 – October 12 for the 2014 season. Depending on when exactly, the hours are slightly different. We went in October of 2013, and spent a few hours there. It was plenty of time to see and do almost everything. There is an entrance fee, and you also need a valid park permit for your vehicle. If you have a Morrill Hall membership, you can add a “Friends of AshFall” for $10. (A huge benefit of this membership is the passport program which gets you into other science museums around the country for free or reduced costs)

From Lincoln, it is about a three hour drive. An adventurous and ambitious family could make this a day trip. A long day, but doable. We decided to make it a longer adventure, and rented a cabin at Niobrara State Park, so traveled another hour further north. (This is another trip worth doing on it’s own! Beautiful!)

After a long car ride and a beautiful evening at the park, we woke to cold, dreary, gray skies. We found out one reason why this site is closed in winter- no heat in most of the buildings! So bring a sweater if you plan to visit early or late in the season. This site is literally in the middle of fields, so plan your day accordingly by bringing a lunch or eating a big breakfast. It will be a bit of a drive to get to the nearest fast food.

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We started our trip by checking in at the Visitor Orientation Center. Here we got a map and an overview of the grounds. There’s a gift shop and a couple of displays. One wall is glassed off and gives you a peek into a lab. During the summer you may be able to observe scientists at work!

We enjoyed the displays of fossils, shark teeth, and bones found in the area. But we spent most of our time at the interactive station where the children could examine samples for themselves.

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From there we headed outside. On our short walk to the education building, we stopped by two more displays. The first had fossil samples on tables outside of the Visitor Center, the second was a place to stop and dig for bones.

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The building we were headed to (that I can’t remember the name of) is an education building that provides many interactive opportunities for children. We were the only kids there (the benefit of homeschool means we can take a trip like this during a weekday in October). Displays included bones from several animals’ legs, a 3d camel, fossil vs petrified wood, puzzles for preschoolers, and the ever-popular digging experience. Later I learned that these (and the ones you can uncover at Morrill Hall) were made from casts of skeletons found here!

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After examining every display, we made our way to the Hubbard Rhino Barn. Lots of education happened here! There are numerous posters and displays and even volunteers on hand. The main fossil bed is protected within the barn, but on the walk there, we passed several exposed and labeled fossils. Within the building, you can look down from above, you can see the areas that have already been excavated, you can see the exploratory trenches that determined the size of the fossil field, and you can view exposed fossils. That volunteer was great at pointing out things of interest for both adults and kids! She helped to make sense of what we were seeing. During the summer, when scientists are working in the field, there are cameras and video screens that give you a closeup view of what they are working on (the downside of being here during a non-peek time means no scientists). The students who come here for internships get the lovely job of sifting the sand looking for smaller fragments. One of the biggest lessons my kids learned is that being a paleontologist is tedious and time consuming. They’ve been excavating this site for decades!

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Even a trip to the bathroom is an educational experience! The sidewalks were lined with Nebraska rock samples.

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If it had not been so cold and rainy, we would have taken a walk on the beautiful one mile trail.  Perhaps we would have eaten our lunch at the picnic tables.  Although our family could easily have enjoyed a couple more hours here, we did not feel we missed out on anything since we did get to spend 3-4 hours exploring.

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Moving Monday: Opening Doorways to Hope in Lincoln

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  Walt Disney (found at Brainy Quote)

Inept.  That is the most accurate word that describes how I am feeling as I am trying to present this unique art display that is currently happening in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This is not the first time that a community wide art project has taken place in our Capital City.  Yet I think that the theme and the concept this time is SO powerful that capturing the essence of what the Doorways to Hope is all about is a bit daunting.  This joint public art project between the The Lincoln-Lancaster County Habitat of Humanity and the Lincoln Hildegard Center for the Arts has artwork displayed all around town.

To my faraway reader friends, I want to convey the power of these sculptures, so that you feel like you are experiencing them in person.  For my nearby Nebraska friends, I want you to feel so inspired after learning about this display that you feel compelled to go and check all of the “Doorways to Hope” out in person.  Above all, I want you to learn more.

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This is what I decided to do.  I am going to present pictures of the 5 (out of 21) doors that we have visited so far.  Once we have completed our tour, I will do an additional post featuring the pictures of ALL of the doors.  I will also prepare a document that you can click on that will explain our impressions of each of the doors. I think this will be especially great for my out-of-town readers who cannot make it to see the doors in person.

So far we have been to the four library locations and to the one at the International Quilt Study Center.  Each artist collaborated with different members of the community.  The latter one was created by Julia Noyes of the Noyes Art Gallery.  The door is entitled “The Monarch, The Metamorphosis.”The Monarch, The Metamorphosis

Eisley Library features the youngest participants in their creation, “Helping Hands.”  This is the one that featured the puzzle pieces, demonstrating that we all need to work together and fulfill our part!

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Using a car door as inspiration, the piece “A View from the Outside In and Inside Out” is so creative and might possibility have the most interesting story.  Linda Thomas created this with help from her son, Mark, colloborated with the St. Marks United Methodist Church Transportation for Humanity.  The symbolism and meaning of this artwork are compelling!

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My longtime friend, Tamara Kaye, led group of students to create the doors at the other two libraries.  She owns Art Planet in Lincoln – a wonderful place for students of all ages to learn to create.

At the downtown Bennett Martin library, the piece is entitled “To Hope.”  Behind every closed door is the word “hope” in various languages.  My daughter was really excited when she found the “English” door.  Hope just happens to be her middle name!

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Located in the middle of Lincoln, Gere Library is hosting Tamara Kaye’s other “Doorway to Hope.”  The symbolism behind “Window of Opportunity” makes this door incredibly memorable.  This is one that you need to examine with a close-up eye to catch all of the meaning that the artists are conveying.

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As you can tell, these doors inspire stories of their own.  Which door is your favorite so far?  Have you personally been to any of the “Doorways to Hope” in Lincoln yet?  You can download the map and begin your own adventure today!  If you want to know more, please read this excellent article by Erin Andersen, “Opening, Doors, Opening Hearts,” found in the Lincoln Journal Star.

 

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Watching other “football” in Nebraska at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena

Perhaps my post should really read “futbol,” but no matter how you say the word, it sounds the same, although the two footballs obviously have drastically different meanings.  A new kind of football will be featured in the Capital City tomorrow!  Perhaps you are going futbol crazy watching men down in Brazil kicking a ball around.  Maybe you want to kick your game watching up a notch. Maybe you are wanting to kick off the patriotic 4th of July season a bit early.  Or maybe you just are ready to get out of the house, yet still be inside for the afternoon.  Possibly you have been wanting to make it down to the new Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln but have just not had a good enough reason yet.  Boy, do I have an outing for you!

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Tomorrow late afternoon (following church and meal out, of course, if you are like my family) you can watch the United States versus Portugal at Lincoln’s largest venue for FREE.  Here is the information copied directly from Pinnacle Bank Arena’s website.

If you can’t get to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, don’t despair. Soccer fans of all ages can beat the hot temperatures and watch the U.S.A. national soccer team take on Portugal on Sunday, June 22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The match is set for 5:00 p.m. with doors opening at 4:00 p.m.

The public is invited to watch the game on the arena video boards. Admission is free with specials available at select concession stands featuring free popcorn, $2 hot dogs, and $3 beers (12 oz).

“Cheer for Team U.S.A. and watch the game in a fun atmosphere with hundreds of your friends,” said Tom Lorenz, Pinnacle Bank Arena general manager.

Fans can enter the arena from the main and north entrances. Free parking will be available in the Pinnacle Bank Arena Premium Garage, Gate 4 and Festival Parking Lot.

Go, USA!

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The Nebraska Path to Understanding the Underground Railroad

Discovering that the small Mayhew Cabin is not actually in its original location (due to a highway being built) was surprising.  Learning that the current “cave” tunnel was not even in existence during the time of the Underground Railroad was almost disheartening.  I almost wondered why one would even visit this site that is shrouded in mystery as many of the details of its part in the Underground Railroad cannot be confirmed.  Until I heard footsteps …

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Underneath the original Mayhew Cabin through the cellar door you can climb into a cave.  One that has been reinforced for safety and connected with a long winding tunnel to allow you to exit.  I was sitting there waiting for my children to come back.  My oldest had come down and offered to find the others.  He started by looking through the cabin.  Once I heard him walking around above me, the need for this place made me sense.  While I knew who was above me, I was instantly filled with an unexplainable fear.

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The vent may have not been there originally, but it did add to the realism of the experience.

My imagination took me to a place in time over 150 years previously.  Being down in the cave, I suddenly realized what being a fugitive must have felt like.  To hear the heavy thud of footfalls above that might mean discovery.  Was the person friend or foe?  One providing safety or capture that would lead to death or an even worse fate?  Having to hide to preserve your very life and the life of your children must have been incredibly frightening.

My children seemed to “get” slavery for the first time.  They pretended to hide from me the slave owner.  As we were the only visitors at the time, this worked, and thankfully they let me in on this game eventually.  This cabin, cave and tunnel helped history come to life for my family!

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As you walk along through the damp and drafty tunnel, rooms have been chiseled out giving you an additional feel for what a fugitive would have experienced.

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Beside the tunnel, the interior of the museum also gave us glimpses of slavery life.  Including a black curtain closet with a plank ceiling where you could pretend to hide from the slave owners.   While I was talking to the museum docent, my boys managed to silently hide there before I finally found them!  They also have a wagon showing a “slave” escaping in a wagon.

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Can you see the “person” hiding?

They also have shackles that you can try on to experience the misery of not being free.  Do you like my son’s attempt at a mournful expression?

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While perhaps this is not the largest or most polished of the recreated Underground Railroad Stations, at the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown’s Cave they do an excellent job at helping to bring history to life, especially for children.  In addition, you can watch a short video, filmed by a Mayhew descendant, about the history of the cabin.

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To learn more or to schedule a tour, please visit the Mayhew Cabin website.  Note: this is one of the many fine places to visit in Nebraska City.  To learn more about other Underground Railroad significant locations across the United States, please visit the Network to Freedom website.

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Lincoln’s Citywide Art Displays: Doorways of Hope

Today seems to have passed quickly by me.  Since I did spend quite a bit of time doing fun things with my children, I guess this is okay.  But now with it being past 11, sleep sounds better to me than typing away.  Yet since I do like to reveal my Wordless Wednesdays on Thursday, I decided that at least a short post is in order.

Telling about the topic at hand only briefly would be a disservice.  After all, this is one of my favorite ongoing Lincoln area adventures.  Introducing the topic is a better idea.  Without further ado, did you guess what I was featuring?  Of course you did, if you read the blog post title. 🙂

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Across Lincoln for the next several months, you can see displays of community collaboration.  Art projects featuring doors that begin to tell the story of the impact that Habitat for Humanity is making in this city and beyond.  Our family’s mission is visit every single location.  I will talk about the beginning of our quest and those doors that we have seen so far in a special “Moving Monday” next week.

Why wait that long? Tomorrow I plan to feature another place that we visited just this week.  A location that indirectly affected a holiday that was observed by many today.  Official celebrations will be occurring in at least two Nebraska locations on Saturday.  Curious?  Turn in tomorrow to an informative “Flashback Friday.”  (Between now and Monday, maybe we will even manage to observe another door or two, making Monday’s column a bit longer.  See – waiting is not completely a negative thing.)

Good night, for now, from Nebraska!

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Tuesday Travel Tips: So Many Nebraska Places, So Little Time

Looking over my folder crammed full of options, I can see …

20 parks on the Nebraska Great Park Pursuit

80 Nebraska Passport Places

32 options in Lincoln: Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Several Lincoln places are on both lists: The Capitol, Morrill Hall, International Quilt Study Center and the Lincoln Zoo.  That still leaves ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT PLACES to go.  This does not include all of the places that did not make one of the passport tours this year.  Or the places from last year.  Or the festivals that one can find in Nebraska (To find these fun events, check out this list by by Family Fun in Omaha compiled with help from The Walking Tourists )  Or the extra 21 places that just were added to our list of “must-go” places (thankfully there are a few locations that duplicate other lists!  More on those soon!) And they say that there is NOTHING to do in Nebraska?  I say there is TOO MUCH to do!

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Just noticed this building, a part of the Lincoln skyline, and I am not sure I have ever been inside.  Yet another place to explore!

To avoid being overwhelmed at all the possibilities, following these suggestions will help you.

First, set your goals.  How many places do you want to visit? One or two per month?  One per week?  Several in one day ?  We tend to do the latter now that my kids are older.   At the same time, I am committed to spend at least one day per week at HOME!   We need that to stay balanced.   Another question: is going to the travel program places important to you?  Last year, we traveled to Northwest Nebraska. Since we do not have long distance travel plans yet, I know that we will probably not get as many Nebraska Passport stamps this year. Because we are sticking close to home, we hope to hit 30 of the “Lincoln: Be a Tourist in your own Hometown” places. As we needed a challenge, we are going for the platinum level!

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One of the 8 Lincoln passport stops we made today.

Second, pick a theme or a focus. Much to family’s amusement, I am teaching art at our cooperative this fall. While I am creative, my artistic skills might be lacking.  Yet I know that I can improve and grow in this content area. Going to art galleries is a part of that process for me. Today  we saw an original Warhol, and the kids were amazed at the price tag.   This focus has been rather enjoyable !  Need inspiration?  Check out the Nebraska Passport “tours” for suggested themes. Even if you cannot make their specific locations, possibly you have similar places near you.

Third, involve your children in the process.  Ask them where they want to go, but at the same time, give them parameters.   Would you rather go here or there ?  Which place do you want to go first?  Without giving them direction, you could end up on an unexpected three hour tour. Another necessity when traveling with children is to mix learning with play.  Even our children, who have gone to countless places, would not handle going to multiple places without taking play breaks!

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An impromptu short game of hide-and-seek.  Can you see the children?  Thankfully they did not hide very often. Not too keen on this particular activity in busy public spaces!  🙂

How do you narrow down your travel options?  How do you pick your travel destinations?  Wherever you decide to go, I hope your family’s journey is an enjoyable one!

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Moving Monday: Experiencing the Tabernacle in Lincoln

This post was almost not included on this blog.  After all, I try to write about family outings across Nebraska, and I know that not everyone who reads this blog is of the same Faith that I follow.  Yet as this “Tabernacle Experience” has had in its own odyssey through Nebraska, appearing in McCook and Kearney (and also across the United States), I think that it is fitting to appear here.  Plus this was a significant outing for our family.  If you are a practicing Jew or professing Christian, you would definitely be blessed to walk through the Tabernacle.  If you are simply curious about matters of faith or enjoy walking through history, you would also enjoy this event.

For ten days, the Old Testament Tabernacle is in Lincoln.  Now you did not miss a major historical find.  This is simply a reproduction of the Old Testament structure that traveled with the Israelites during the time of the Exodus.  Our whole family visited this event this past overcast Saturday.  Actually I was a bit concerned that we would be drenched by end of the “tour,” but thankfully the rain held off!

Tabernacle Experience

This Tabernacle Experience was created using the dimensions and guidelines found in the Old Testament of the Bible.  In case you are unfamiliar with this part of history, the Tabernacle was a specially built tent with sectioned corridors that traveled with the Israelites after they left Egypt during the time of the Exodus.  As a Theocratic society, this Tent of Meeting guided Israelite life as they met with God here.  This was the centerpiece of Israelite life.

Tabernacle Outside Odyssey

For traveling and logistical purposes, this reproduction has ten foot walls for the outer courtyard boundaries, rather that the original fifteen foot walls.  Additionally as the original tabernacle contained ornate tapestries as well as a plethora of gold, more common materials were utilized due to practicality.  Yet with the courtyard width dimensions being maintained and the biblical specifications being followed, you can get a picture of what the Israelites would have experienced as they camped around this Tent of Meeting.

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This is the sign that greets you before you enter.  To take pictures of the interior is not permissible, and I was glad for that request.  I purposefully left my phone (with its camera) in the car.  Experiencing the Tabernacle can only happen without distractions.  Walking through in pairs, each person is given a set of headphones that guide you through the experience.  Both an adult version and a kid version of the tour is available.  As I walked through with my daughter, we listened to the dramatization of the Old Testament prophet Samuel as a child “telling” us about his experiences.  The adult version is also very meaningful according to some dear friends of ours who also walked through on Saturday.

This experience is recommended for school age children and above.  Our 5 year old walked through with my husband.  When asked what he remembered most about the experience, he said nothing.  Yet we both feel that he actually absorbed much more than he was willing to share.  If you have wandering toddlers or preschoolers, bringing them along might be stressful.  Yet as you move along to ten different stations, if you have a young child who is easily engaged, you could bring them along.  Another group of dear family friends brought their three year old along with her three older brothers, and she did just fine walking through the area.

To cover transportation and other expenses, the cost of the “Tabernacle Experience” is $5 per person or $20 per family.  We felt that we would much rather spend that amount of an event of spiritual significance to us than investing that amount toward movie tickets of a flick that we may not even remember months from now.  This tour will be the basis of many a discussion in our home.

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The event is taking place at the Youth for Christ Lincoln location at 6401 Pine Lake Road. Reservations, which can be made at YFC Lincoln: Tabernacle Experience are highly recommended.  If you attend during a busier time such as evenings or next week-end, you may very well have to wait.  Tickets are handed out upon arrival.   Despite arriving 5 minutes before our “appointment,” we still waited at least 30 minutes before getting to start our tour.  You can sit and wait under the provided tent or peruse some of the tabernacle memorabilia for sale under the adjacent tent.

Having red heads, I liberally applied sunscreen since this is an outdoor event.  Yet enough of the tour is inside the tabernacle tents that I would not have needed to do so.  Seating is also available at various stations if someone has trouble walking around for the 45 minute tour.  Headphones are provided, or you can bring your own earbuds if you prefer.

You can watch this specially prepared video to learn more:

To learn more of my own personal reflections on this experience, you can visit my other blog: The Sacred Line

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Celebrate Lincoln: June 6th & 7th

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Today began the 2 day “Celebrate Lincoln” festival.  The kids I headed down there a little after lunch.  They had fun playing a few games and  were excited about winning a few prizes.

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They also enjoyed playing in the bouncy houses.

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I enjoyed the fact that from 11-2 on both days, there is free admission.  So being outside for a festival worked out well.

They do have a wide variety of great Lincoln food vendors, including HF Crave Burgers, Brix & Stone and La Paloma.  We ended up not eating down there this time.  But if you had picky eaters or like variety, this would be a great opportunity to sample.  You pay for the food with tickets that you buy at a booth.  They do accept credit cards.

A few key things to keep in mind …

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These are the bathroom options – go in advance.

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While they do have a balloon lady, the line was REALLY long. So maybe don’t make that promise.  There was not a big crowd this afternoon, so my kids could go on any of the bouncy houses (probably 5-6 of them) without any wait time.

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One more note: the family zone will close at 8.  And children must be with adults after 9 – probably a good call!

CONCERTS: starting at 5:30 tonight, many groups are hitting the stage.  Tonight at 9:30.  American Idol star, David Cook is on stage.  Tomorrow night at 9:30, David Nail is the artist.  Come rain or come shine.  There is admission after 2, but only $7 per adult and a few dollars for children.  Not a bad price at all to hear such great concerts!

So, go out and CELEBRATE LINCOLN!

 

 

 

 

Go Lincoln Go

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Nebraska Passport: Tours Across Nebraska

I must admit I am a rather big Jeopardy fan.   Not very many shows have made my “follow” list, but that is one that I have watched almost daily for years.  One category that they feature is “Common Bonds.”  As for the pictures that I featured on yesterday’s “Wordless Wednesday,” they all had one thing in common: they are all 2014 “Nebraska Passport” stops.  Many of them I have covered on my blog already.  Several are yet to be shown, so for those I plan to keep you guessing.

Can’t Get Enough Tour

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2) Morrill Hall on Odyssey Through Nebraska

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Forks in the Road Tour

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3) High Plains Homestead (Home of the Drifter Cookshack and Bunkhouse) on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Hit the Snooze Tour

4) ?

Nebraska Homegrown Tour

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5) Prairie Grounds Cafe and Gifts on Odyssey Through Nebraska

How We Move Tour

Carhenge

6) Carhenge on Odyssey through Nebraska

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Patchwork Passion

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9) International Quilt Study Center & Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Rare Finds

Unfortunately I have not been to any of these places recently.  My grandparents lived in Laurel, so I did grow up walking into their downtown.  I am pretty sure that I have been to the Apothecary, but I think that it has drastically changed since then.  Hopefully someday I will make it back!

Sips and Suds Tour

Not sure that we will make too many of these places since we do more of the family tour.  But hey, Nebraska Passport has at least one place that will appeal to everyone! 🙂

Stars and Stripes Tour

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11) ?

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12) Strategic Air & Space Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

(By the end of the Nebraska Passport 2014 season, which happens to be the end of September, every one of the ? mark places will be featured on this blog!  I also will be featuring several of the places from Lincoln’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program as well!)

Have you picked up your copy of the 2014 Nebraska Passport yet? This year they have even added a downloadable app, so you can keep track of your places that way.  Achieving prizes for the Nebraska Passport is a bit challenging.  Since the ones I would really want are for 40 stamps and above, I am pretty sure that we will not be getting any.  But, we will be enjoying the stops on the way.  Some familiar and some that are new.  All places to make memories as we travel across the nice state of Nebraska.

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