How we spent our Valentine’s Day

We love being home together on Valentine’s Day. Typically, we spend the evening cooking together while listening 80’s love songs and then enjoy a nice dinner by candlelight. This year, our Valentine’s Day celebration started a bit earlier in the day, as we were invited to give a lunch presentation to the PEP (People Encouraging People) […]

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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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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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Why we love Valentine, Nebraska

It seems like a fitting time of year to write about a place we love to visit — Valentine, Nebraska. Meghan and I drove to Valentine for the first time on one of our annual Nebraska road trips when she was in middle school. We went to see Smith Falls, Nebraska’s largest waterfall, but ended up discovering so […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest Nine Recap

Earlier this summer, Steve and I took off on a 6-day journey to find out for ourselves if our home state lives up to its new slogan, “Nebraska Nice.” We wrote about some of the nicest things we saw — calling them  our 2014 “Nebraska’s Nicest Nine.”  The list was compiled from the places we traveled […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #3 – Neon Bar and Grill

The Neon Bar and Grill, located in the Motel Raine in Valentine, Nebraska, makes #3 on our list.  Normally, we would not have expected to put a restaurant on our list, especially one located in a motel, but this trip around Nebraska made us learn to open our minds and expect the unexpected. If you […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #4 – Circle C in Cody

After driving past more than a dozen small towns in rural Nebraska, we knew there was something out of the ordinary when we approached Cody, population 155. Many of the towns we had passed on our week-long journey through the Sandhills and prairie seemed practically abadoned and struggling to survive. Not Cody. As we approached this […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest Nine 2014

I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled with Nebraska’s new tourism slogan, “Nebraska Nice” when it was introduced a few weeks ago.  I felt it lacked a certain something and didn’t capture all it could.  “Nice?”  Really?  I felt the tourism board could have said “Nebraska Swell” or “Nebraska Nifty,” or some other milquetoast word like that and captured […]

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