In Search of the Oregon Trail

After reading “The Oregon Trail A New American Journey” I knew where my next road trip would take me. The book is the story of the author Rinker Buck’s,  “crazy ass passion” to make the first unassisted covered wagon crossing of the Oregon Trail in over 100 years. I was totally captivated by the personalitiesContinue reading “In Search of the Oregon Trail”

Embarrassment of riches

This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching I was looking forward to new opportunities.  Like  most retirees I had a long list of things I was going to “get around to” after I retired.  A good share of those things are stillContinue reading “Embarrassment of riches”

April snowfall creates silver-white wonderland

  A six inch snow fall late Thursday and early Friday morning created a silver white wonderland in Washington County and the Omaha Metro area.  Early morning light and clearing skies made for a picture perfect walk along paths at Black  Elk – Neihardt Park and Arbor Park Arboretum in Blair.

Crane migration nears peak along Platte

Row Sanctuary reported Thursday that the sandhill crane migration along the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney is at or near its peak this weekend. Estimates are that 680,000 cranes – plus or minus 70,000 are roosting on the river. While the waterfowl may be enjoying the weather, the extremely wet conditions have restrictedContinue reading “Crane migration nears peak along Platte”