We brought our moms to Pawhuska!

That’s right. It’s only been a few weeks since we were in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, to judge the National Indian Taco Championships, but we’re back in town, this time with our moms, Carol Johnstone and Gayle Teget. Having been to Pawhuska twice already this year, we got the sense that they were also anxious to see […]

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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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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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Village Pie Maker pies

The secret to The Village Pie Maker pies

I am the first to admit, I am not a baker. I don’t bake homemade bread, or cinnamon rolls, or cake. And Lord knows, I wouldn’t even think about trying to make a pie other than a chocolate one with three ingredients and a store-bought graham cracker crust. While I’m a pretty decent cook, I […]

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Total solar eclipse photo by Ronald D. Koch of Crete, Nebraska.

Eclipse 2017: An earth-shadowing experience from our home in Crete, Nebraska

When science writer Trudy Bell said to never let anyone convince me that 99% of the sun covered was the same as totality, I didn’t know what to think. She then went on to say, “It’s 1% of the sun’s surface, but it’s 100% of the experience.” The moment the moon fully covered the sun […]

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John and Gayle Teget on their wedding day Sept. 16, 1967.

Happy 50th anniversary, Mom and Dad

Fifty years ago today, something pretty special happened — my mom and dad got married. I feel pretty lucky to have had them both as my parents and we are so excited for them to celebrate 50 years together. Over the years they have been a great example of what it means to be dedicated […]

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On the road again

When I decided to leave my full-time job as a middle school principal this spring, one of the things Ann and I wanted to do in this interim stage was spend more time with our families. For years, our jobs have dictated when we could travel and how much time we could spend each year […]

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