Lincoln “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown”

The Capitol: A Nebraska Masterpiece

Capitol Exterior

Truly the Nebraska Capitol is one of my very favorite places across the whole state.  Why it has taken me a year to feature Nebraska’s most recognizable building on this blog I am not sure.  Maybe this is because writing this post is STILL daunting to me!    How can you narrow down a building that contains so much architectural beauty, cultural significance and Nebraska symbolism.  I think this is why this post has never been written.  Today, in my own feeble way, I will attempt to give you a”quick” tour of this Nebraska Masterpiece.

Nebraska’s Capitol building is filled with murals, mosaics, tapestries and distinguishing architectural details.  Because I am pretty certain that no one will take the time to read 32 pages of one blog post, I am setting those details aside.  Additionally I plan on writing a separate post on my kids’ favorite part of the building: the tippy top.  To ride to the “14th” floor, one must climb into a rather small, older elevator.  By the way, in case you were wondering, despite its appearance to the contrary, you CAN in fact fit a double stroller inside to ride up.  We have done it successfully several times!

Back to the purpose of today’s blog … Just like our national government, our Nebraska state government has three branches.

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The Judicial branch.

Capitol Legislative Chambers

The Legislative Branch.

As long as the judges and senators are not work, both of these sections are part of the daily tours that run hourly (except at noon.)  Now we also happen to have an executive area where the governor and his staff are busily at work.  Since they are a bit more involved in the daily aspects of government, this section is usually closed to the public.  As we once had a special family event take place inside the Capitol, I do have a picture of the executive press room.

Capitol Executive Press Room with family

Cropped and from my scrapbook, really you only get a good idea of the official press conference desk.

These are the main sections that exist inside of the capitol.  Of course, the basement is filled with legislative offices and the cafeteria and a gift shop.  Statues of famous Nebraskans line the rotunda, but I think that is another post as well.  Guess you will be hearing about the Nebraska Capitol for a long time to come!

Capitol Walkway

Another favorite area – the outdoor mezzanine.  By walking around the outdoor platform, one can learn the names of all of the Nebraska counties.  One could also learns the basics of the history of government.  The relief carvings above the walkway are not necessarily in chronological order, so I do recommend getting the explanatory pamphlet from inside the capitol.  By the way, I wrote a more detailed article on walking around the Capitol with children for the May/June/July issue of the Lincoln Kids Newspaper.  You can pick up a copy from many area Lincoln places, or you can look online.

The Capitol Website has a wealth of information on all of the history and interesting facts of the building.  NET Public Television has also produced an excellent documentary on the Nebraska Capitol.  Our family was rivoted – okay, I definitely was, but my husband and kids also enjoyed the show!

Nebraska’s Capitol Masterpiece

Would you look at that?  I used the same word to describe the capitol that they did!  If you have never been to the Nebraska Capitol, I HIGHLY recommend you visit.  The Capitol Website also has downloadable building, Abraham Lincoln and civics scavenger hunts.  Completing these will help your older kids be engaged in the experience.  As for your younger kids, have them go on a shape and color hunt as you walk through.  The Capitol is filled with all sorts of possibilities!  In fact, below is a picture of one of the courtyard areas I have yet to explore.  Maybe someday I will figure out how to do that!

Capitol Courtyard

One more important item to note: The Nebraska Capitol Building can be found on both the “Lincoln: Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” passport and the Nebraska Passport.  When you go visit, make sure to get a stamp.  The programs run through the end of August and September respectively.

 

 

 

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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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Greater Nebraska: The Temporary Art Exhibit at Lux Center for the Arts

The current exhibit entitled “Greater Nebraska” that is currently at Lux Center for the Arts has many different elements.  Now to be honest, I would not call every element family friendly, at least not for small children.  (I think some supervision and distraction just might be in order).  But there is much in the exhibit to appreciate and to contemplate.  Since the display is so diverse, you will definitely find a piece that will appeal to your sense of artistic impression.

Here are two of my favorite pieces:

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“Three Season Porch” and “Scratch Track” were both created by Matthew Sontheimer.  Why they appealed to me?  I am not great at painting or sketching, but I do like to create with words.  So these two pieces appealed to my unique artistic side.

As for my kids, they definitely enjoyed the interactive art piece.

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The mixed media creation by Jay Kriemer entitled “Bobbers” allows the viewer to interact with the subject.  (Finally I had to convince the staff member that perhaps turning the amplification off was a good idea! 🙂  They did have fun!)

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Photo cropped directly from the Lux Website

One other display that would definitely qualify for Friday photography is the framed photographs by Katherine Endacott.  I first read about this local photographer in an article in the Lincoln Journal Star last fall.  Many months ago she started a Facebook page entitled, “Good Morning Pleasant Dale.”  Using her Android phone, she captures images from her country neighborhood.  A delightful collage of her framed photographs are a part of this exhibition.  You can also personally check out her Good Morning, Pleasant Dale! Facebook page to see more.

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Lux Center: Arts for the Community

Gallery.  Studio. Workshop.  Display Area.  Museum. Boutique & Gift Shop.  Gathering Place.  All of these describe the Lux Center for the Arts.  And that is exactly how they like it!

Lux Center Sign

We first discovered the Lux Center  as a part of Lincoln’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program.  We have attended a family event or two as well, and I wish that we made it back there even more often, as they present so many great family events.

According to Christine Hunt who happens to be the Community Director of Involvement, the heart of the Lux Center for the Arts is just that: community.  They want the community to come inside to see their changing exhibitions.  Even more, they want families and individuals to be a part of creating their own art through workshops and classes.  Beyond this, the Lux Center staff go outside the building to provide outreach to those who cannot attend classes.  To the shut-ins,  elderly or even incarcerated patrons, they want to give the gift of art.  So, some of the artists bring a studio to those who cannot travel to one.

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Children’s Classes and family adventures are available, as well as summer camps.  Including date nights and “girls night out,”  class opportunities abound for adults as well.  Pottery, jewelry making, painting, drawing: you name the artistic medium, and you may very well find it at Lux Center for the Arts.  Tomorrow I plan on telling you all about a special celebration that is happening there this week-end, as well as one of their current exhibits that has to do with Nebraska.

 

 

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Travel Tips Tuesday: Passports and Pursuits are Back

This is a fun time of year to be a tourist in Nebraska.  All three of the programs that we enjoy participating in as a family are back.  Basically you go to their suggested places and get rubbings or stamps to show that you visited.  Then you are eligible for prizes.  Best yet you get to make memories as you travel around our great state!

Nebraska Great Park Pursuit (Explore 20 of Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas!)

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Nebraska Passport (80 options across the state on several tours including “Forks in the Road” and “Stars and Stripes”

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown (Lincoln): This one just started again YESTERDAY, so the links may not be up quite yet.

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You can pick up the passports at participating locations.  I will be featuring many of these places over the next several months on my blog!  Go out and explore – today is supposed to be a beautiful day!

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Springing Into the Lincoln Zoo

Did you guess what place we featured yesterday?

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Yesterday was opening day of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, so I knew that I wanted to feature them at the beginning of the season.  Now I must confess that when we went to the zoo earlier last summer, writing a Nebraska blog was not on my radar.  Obviously the pictures that I took were not with publishing in mind, and for whatever reason I took hardly any that day, even of my kids.  Although I did go back later to take a few additional shots of the entrance, if you want to see the animals, you will have to go there yourself! 🙂  Or enjoy the photos on the website taken by Lincoln’s National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore.  His shots are AMAZING – maybe I won’t post any upcoming animal pictures! 🙂

Zoo entrance

One interesting program that was started last year was Zoofari with Nebraska’s own Larry the Cable Guy.  Throughout the zoo, you can see the videos playing which tell about the science behind zoology in a fun way for kids.  The best part about these videos?  They were developed with children’s hospitals in mind to bring Zoofari to children who maybe cannot visit the zoo right now themselves.

In the future I hope to do another post after I have traveled through the zoo purposefully with the intent to share ideas.  For now I will simply share our favorite things about the zoo.  We love watching the penguin show.  Just wandering around to look at all of the different animals can keep my kids entertained for hours.  Usually each visit we are there for almost all day, and the zoo is really not THAT big.  My kids just enjoy visiting.

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Of course, our other favorite part is riding the train.  But empty cars are definitely a bit sad.

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The train cars look much more fun when filled with happy kids!  Especially my boys have loved riding when they were younger.  Although we went there right before one of my kids turned two.  He was not such a fan and sobbed loudly the whole two times around the zoo’s perimeter.  Funny now but rather frustrating at the time!

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has all kinds of classes and programs for kids of all ages.  If you have a teenager, they can even volunteer with the zoo crew.  Memberships are also available.  We enjoyed having one a few years ago, but due to a busy summer ball schedule, we usually just manage to make it there once now.  But I do always look forward to our annual trip!

P.S. If you make a trip to the Lincoln Zoo next week, you could win a family membership simply by taking your picture!  They are part of the See Lincoln: Picture to Win Contest.  Here are the details on what you need to do to participate.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Date: April 14-20

Snap photo: In front of “Leo” the Paper Eating Lion

Prize: One Family Membership

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Hockey in Nebraska: Go, Lincoln Stars!

Did you guess where we were?

Lincoln Stars sign

Back in September when one of our sons won a prize from the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program, I knew that a Stars game was going to be on our agenda.  He was very excited to win four tickets.  He decided to take his older brother and his parents along.  🙂

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We had not taken our kids to any hockey games yet.  Next time, I think I will check out some children’s non-fiction hockey picture books.  I like knowing what is going on, and I have not watched enough games to understand the penalties and strategies.  Although I could always tell when they scored and definitely know that the Stars won!

Two other important things:

1) Wear warm clothes.  After all, the games are played at “The Ice Box.” 🙂

2) Bring ear plugs.  While the music adds so much to the atmosphere, your ears will be ringing by the end.

We enjoyed getting to go out with just our older boys.  They enjoyed their first hockey experience, although one admitted he definitely could have done without the fighting and some of the slightly more obnoxious cheers.  But he definitely liked hockey itself.   I think he will have a greater appreciation for the Olympics hockey games now that he has attended in person.

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Not into being a spectator and would rather enjoy being active?  The Ice Box has public skating sessions most week-ends.  Eventually a bigger ice venue will be coming to Lincoln.  Until then, the Stars have made their home at their rink located on the former Nebraska State Fair Park.

A big thank you to the Lincoln Stars for providing the tickets and to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for providing such great tourism incentives. We are excited to participate in the “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program again this summer!

 

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First Friday with Kids: Experiencing the International Quilt Study Center and Museum with Kids

Other than as bed coverings, one does not often think of quilts in conjunction with kids.  The International Quilt Study Center and Museum would like to change that.  And I think their quest has been successful so far.

Quilt folder

First of all, every child that visits can pick up a free folder that contains activities that correlates to the latest exhibits.  The current activities include a “Quilt Blocks” word search to find such terms as “Log Cabin” and “Flying Geese” with correlating pictures.  Going along with “The Secrets in Stitches” exhibit, the child can do a dot-to-dot that reveals a hidden shape.  Every time the students can choose to find their favorite quilt, describe it and even draw a picture to commit the quilt to memory.

Quilt Activity Center

An activity table with rotating projects sits out in the commons area.  (No, there are not crayons available in the actual quilt areas! So, moms, you can relax!  🙂  )

Quilt cart

While children cannot interact with the display quilts, the museum does not leave kinesthetic children behind.  A rolling cart is filled with activities that allow tactile learners to touch various types of quilts.  Piecing, applique, quilted and finished materials can be found in each mini drawer.  Not to mention quilt foam puzzles where each child can “create” a temporary masterpiece.

Other fun things about the museum:

The area full of doll quilts and furniture on the 3rd floor.    A few books and even a puzzle or two also can be found in this “research” area.

I must confess that one of my kids’ favorite parts of the museum does not involve fabric of any kind.

Quilt stairs

My kids love the stairs.  And I also must confess that if no one else is around, I might let them go up the stairs at a pace that is faster than a walk.

As far as the displays, children can actually visualize more in the pieces than what we give them credit for.  When I took my kids this summer, my daughter noticed shapes that I did not initially see (and a nearby quilt expert confirmed that she was correct).  My older kids enjoy the quilts without much explanation.  With younger kids, I try to play “I Spy” to keep them engaged.

Quilts stars and shapes

What shapes can you spy?  What colors can you see?  Easy questions for us, but they

You can even give your child an introduction to quilts before you visit.  Check out the online quilt explorer where you can “interact” with over 1,000 online quilts.  You can even “make your own” quilt online.   And if you happen to be a parent or an educator, you can also download curriculum, lesson plans and ideas on making the museum come alive for children.  Information is also available online for school group tours as well.  The website is full of ideas and information about quilts!

Quilts Lighted Sculpture

My kids also notice the beautiful outdoors statue every time we drive by.  When the intricate white sculpture is illuminated at night, the piece is even more lovely.  Tonight is the perfect night to see the place in person.  As I mentioned yesterday, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum is open later tonight.  You have an hour left to explore.  (Sorry – I meant to post this earlier, but I had outdoor clean-up to do today! 🙂

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And in case you want to check out other First Friday art walk events taking place in both Lincoln and Omaha, here are a bunch of links …

First Friday Information from the Lincoln Arts Council

First Friday in Downtown Lincoln

First Friday in the Lincoln Haymarket

First Friday in the Omaha Old Market

Omaha First Friday

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And a Winner for the 2nd time in the Lincoln Passport …

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My 2nd son!  We received the call on vacation that Zechariah was a winner for the 2nd time.  Several years ago, he actually happened to win the grand “gold” prize for the kids division.  That included a box at the Salt Dogs as well as him getting to throw out the first pitch at a game.

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So to find out what he won this year, Z and I went to a dinner at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, along with all of the other winners.

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We were both rather excited about the evening and the Fazolis dinner that we would get to enjoy.  Z especially liked the breadsticks and the fact that I let him have a Mountain Dew at suppertime (that RARELY happens).

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A distant shot of the winners – my son is near the left.  I did not take too close of a shot on purpose since I did not stand on top of the table to ask permission to publish the picture or anything.  🙂 

Well, right after dinner, they got right down to handing out the prizes to all the winners.  If you completed 6-10 Passport stamps, you were eligible for a “silver” prize; 11 or more: a silver OR gold prize.  30 or more stamps: the grand prize (A box at a Lincoln Saltdogs game again). (Close to 250 people turned in passports that were eligible to win a prize.  But, only 8 people completed 30+ stamps – possibly represented by only 2-3 families – you had a good chance to win if you went to over 30 places!)

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The Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director, Jeff Maul, explained the program and then enjoyed “fist bumping” all of the winners.

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One of the adult gold prizes – a huge basket from Hillis.  Plus I think that winner also got a gas gift card -something we all can appreciate these days!

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My son won hockey tickets, Champions Fun Center game bands and a licorice gift certificate.  Plus, he was sweet and asked if he could bring home a breadstick for his sibling and Dad.  That was the winning moment for me – when he thought of others.  (Although we did deplete what would have been a nice lunch the following day for the Chamber staff – sorry again!)

I was impressed again with the Lincoln “Be a Tourist in your own Hometown” program.  We will definitely continue to participate and hope others will join us.  Maybe next year we will try for the grand prize …  Thanks to Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau staff and especially a BIG thank you to Tracie Simpson who coordinates this program.  She has done a great job with it!

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P.S. You have less than 2 weeks to complete your Nebraska Passports if you want to be eligible for their prizes.  I am glad that these two passport programs exist, as well as the Nebraska Great Park Pursuit.  They definitely motivated our family to get out and experience more of what Nebraska has to offer.  Even if we do not win any more prizes through either of the other programs, we definitely won with the experiences that we had.  (I should go into PR 🙂  )

 

 

 

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Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center: Natural Nebraska

Place at a Glance

Name/Location Spring Creek Prairie Audubon: 11700 SW 100th Denton, NE
Website/Facebook Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center; Prairie Audubon on Facebook
Open hours Center: 9-5 weekdays; 1-5 week-ends; trails until sunset; closed 6 holidays
What to Know Bring sunscreen, bug spray; proper shoes, water and snacks
Cost Adults: $4; Seniors: $3;Children (6-17): $3;  All are free on Tuesdays
Group Tours $3 admission – some adults free; several programs available; 2-6 hours
Museum Manners You can hike throughout the grounds – keep in mind that you need to leave the trails how you found them (no collecting items or unnecessary trampling)
Recommended Ages A lot of walking for little kids – while the Visitor’s Center is nice, it would not occupy preschoolers for long; could possibly hike with an all-terrain stroller; perfect for hikers about age 8 and up

So, maybe flip flops/sandals weren’t the best idea.  Or venturing out on the about the hottest afternoon of the summer.  But we did carry water.  And we had a glimpse of what being a pioneer on a blistering hot, windy day might have been like.  For it was Tuesday – free admission day to Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, located near Denton, Nebraska.  And when you want to have your kids enjoy lots of experiences, free is a good thing!

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Our kids had spent the night at my parents, and we had a co-op meeting.  So I had planned on us going home before venturing out (hence the sandals).  But I knew stopping by home would result in staying home due to all that was undone there.  So, we headed out west of town (and caught up later).  I am glad that we went.  I think the kids are glad, but there was definitely a bit  lot more complaining than normal due to the heat.

So, you hike down a path from the parking lot and come to a discovery building full of exploration possibilities, especially for children.  I did not manage to take pictures of all of the various displayed items (such as light up prairie maps) and animals on display.  But I did capture a wagon wheel – aren’t you glad? 🙂

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The building also has a lovely gift shop with items that will continue to help you explore nature and Nebraska.  Plus the space reflects nature.  This happens to be the picture about the water fountain.  Such a lovely mosaic.

Dragonfly at Spring Creek

The Audubon Center definitely wants kid visitors.  They have several backpacks that family can checkout to help enrich the experience.  A few of the choices: one for scientists, artists, photographers with activities inside and suggestions on what to look for while out and about.  We picked the “artist” pack, and each of my children got to have journals to capture their hiking experience.  Love the idea, unfortunately this is where the heat came into play.  My oldest wore the pack, but we never really consulted it.  On a cooler day, my kids would have appreciated all of the suggestions.

Yes, despite the warm temperatures, I did make us go for a hike.  This is where I made a few additional mistakes.

  1. First of all, not consulting the map.  We were really close to wagon ruts left there by the pioneers a century ago.  And they were clearly identified on the map.  By markers.  The map that I folded in my pocket and left there because I wanted to move us along.  My hikers were not happy, so I wanted us to keep moving.
  2. Paths.  As with most nature places, I assumed that we had to stay on them.  Wrong.  The prairie is for exploration.  Including the wagon ruts and the creek and the middle of nowhere.
  3. Trees at Spring Creek Prairie   Proper clothing.  This goes back to the rushed day part.  If we would have all been wearing tennis shoes, we maybe would have wanted to hike across the prairie.  We would have found the wagon ruts.  (Yes, I am bit too focused on dents made by conveyances from long ago!)
  4. The hot temperature did affect our trip more than I expected.  As in, we probably should have waited.  We were basically the only visitors that afternoon, other than people who stopped by to buy a t-shirt.  Obviously most explorers knew that some days staying home is a better option.  I did ask my kids if anyone of them would have enjoyed being pioneers when we came back from our hike.  They all said a resoundingly strong NO!  Just adding a bit of reality to the dreams of exploration!

If you have never been out to the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, I would highly recommend the place.  Especially if you are dressed appropriately and go on a day when the temperatures are reasonable. Rather than reflecting further, I am going to share some pictures that we took that do show a bit of the beauty of the prairie.  (With a few comments of course since today isn’t a “wordless” day).

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Visitor's Center

One of our farthest spots that we hiked.  I am not sure if I used zoom or if the path was winding because it felt like we were a lot farther away from the building.  Maybe the almost 100 degree weather was causing me to see things?

Spring Creek Turtles

We did like seeing the little turtles playing on the log.  What?  You can’t see them.  Guess you will have to use your imagination. 🙂

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My one son wanted to split open the milk weed.  Somehow I convinced him not to.  Pretty sure destroying nature isn’t the goal of the place.

Prairie

Loved being able to see untouched land.

Spring Creek Cutoff sign

Since the Spring Creek was known as an Oregon Trail cut-off between Nebraska City and Kearney, a lovely historical marker denotes the location.  To actually read what the sign says, you can go to Nebraska Historical Markers: Nebraska City/Fort Kearney Cut-off.

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