5 things to do in Omaha when it's freezing by Postcard Jar travel blog

5 things to do in Omaha when it’s freezing

We planned an overnight trip to Omaha recently on what turned out to be one of those bone-chilling cold days we have here in the Midwest. The forecast called for snow showers, 30-mile-an-hour winds, and temperatures dropping to below zero that night. Instead of cancelling the trip, we made a bold decision and decided to […]

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Ann and Steve Teget of Postcard Jar

A gift from Nebraska Tourism and the most popular post from our home state

Yesterday we received a nice surprise in the mail from the Nebraska Tourism Commission Staff. As a thank-you for our help spreading the word about Nebraska’s tourism industry, they sent us two beautiful calendars and each page included … wait for it … a postcard! What a nice idea and a thoughtful gift. We enjoyed […]

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Elk at Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari

Yes, Nebraska has a safari and I’m so glad we finally took the time to stop there

No matter where you live, there are likely tourist attractions nearby that you’ve driven past for years. You have good intentions of visiting, but never actually take the time to stop. At least once a month for more than 16 years, I’ve driven past a large, green sign on the interstate that says, “Wildlife Safari.” […]

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Remembering Johnny Carson at the Elkhorn County Museum

Talking with Johnny and other things we did in Norfolk and Neligh, Nebraska

We’d been on the road for several days, now, and while Valentine marked the turn toward home on our Nebraska adventure with my folks, we were far from done with our trip. We set out from Valentine, our sights set on the Ashfall Fossil Beds, and made it east of town a whole three blocks […]

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Most hilarious TripAdvisor manager responses

TripAdvisor’s most hilarious manager responses from Robert J. at Peppermill

With more than 500 million candid traveler reviews, TripAdvisor has quickly become a go-to online resource for many travelers, including us. We often roll into a new city with cell-phones in hand, searching for a top-10ish restaurant to stop for dinner. We typically look for local places with a 4 to 5 green-dot rating, at […]

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Smith Falls, Valentine, Nebraska

What’s not to love about Valentine?

Valentine, Nebraska is an easy place to love. And not just because of its name, either. When we took our trip around Nebraska this summer with my folks, we knew that one of our stops had to be Valentine. There is just so much to see and do in and around this city of only […]

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Fall foliage at Quarry Oaks Golf Course

How we drove 18 holes at Quarry Oaks Golf Club and didn’t lose a single ball

Yesterday, we drove carts through an entire 18-hole golf course and didn’t have to stop once to look for a lost ball. Only because we didn’t hit any. Not this time, anyway. This time, we didn’t have to tee off once. My sister, Laura, works for a memory care residence called CountryHouse and she invited […]

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Nebraska Sandhills

Don’t judge Nebraska until you’ve gotten off of I-80 and seen the Sandhills

There is nothing quite like getting off the interstate to help you get to know a place better, and nowhere is that more true than Nebraska. Our state has a reputation for being flat and boring because the interstate used by hundreds of thousands of people each year follows the Platte River valley. Head north off […]

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North Platte, Nebraska

Bull whips, the Wild West, and genuine hospitality – North Platte, Neb., has it all

Finally, I got to show my parents that 14-year-old me was right. On the second day of our trip across Nebraska this summer, we woke up at our hotel, mere steps from the place I’d wanted to go when I crossed the state with mom and dad 30 years earlier: Fort Cody Trading Post. Fort […]

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Lion head water fountain at Cody Park in North Platte, Nebraska

Trains humping and other fun things we saw on our trip through central Nebraska

Day 1 of our Nebraska trip with Steve’s parents began with a stop at The Village Pie Maker in Eustis, Nebraska. After learning the secret to making the best pie ever, we headed north to Cozad where we crossed the 100th Meridian. Having been on Interstate 80 a thousand times, we opted for the more […]

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