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Central Nebraska Junk Jaunt!

The 300 mile garage sale begins this Friday, September 22nd and lasts through Sunday, September 24, 2017. From perusing the 2017 Shopper’s Guide for the Junk Jaunt, it looks to be bigger and better than ever!
Fourteen towns along Nebraska Highway 2 are in the Shopper’s Guide, from Thedford to Grand Island. I hope to make a stop in each of the 14 towns to meet junk jaunters and maybe pick up a treasure or two. Will I see you out there?
Please remember that there will be many out of staters as well as folks from other areas of Nebraska who will be slowing down and turning around trying to locate different junk jaunt sites so give them plenty of room, time and courtesy! We would like everyone to stay safe and enjoy Central Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt!

Sending many Prayers

It is hard to imagine the destruction and loss that so many of our fellow countrymen are suffering through right now while here in Nebraska life is calm and the weather is beautiful. To our West wildfires are burning up the land and the trees and homes and displacing wildlife. To the South, hurricanes and rain destroying lives and towns and cities.
We offer our prayers and hopes that things will calm down soon and people can rebuild and that they stay safe! We pray that your lives will be able to resume some semblance of normalcy and that you will emerge stronger.

Beautiful beautiful Fall!

Can it really be September 1st already?  I know that it is because the Nebraska State Fair is in full swing and we are harvesting tomatoes at every turn!  We canned 22 pints of salsa this week and earlier froze a case of roasted Hatch chiles and before that we froze sweet corn.  I think we will once again eat well this winter.  More tomato canning will take place today.

Dwindling Days of Summer

total solar eclipse
from Grand Island, Nebraska

Well the total solar eclipse over Nebraska has come and gone. What a thrilling experience it was! I am not sure what I expected but it surely wasn’t what I got! Standing in darkness at 1:00 in the afternoon for 2 minutes and 38 seconds and seeing Venus glowing brightly in the afternoon sky almost knocked me to my knees. So thankful for our clear skies overhead in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The days of summer are coming to a close soon but there are still summerish things to do! The Nebraska State Fair starts this Friday for its 11 day run until Labor Day, September 4. Fair food! Rides! Lots of 4-H animals, the draft horses, dog shows, musical shows… so much to see and do. And after the State Fair, well there is still time and warm weather to take a canoe ride down one of Nebraska’s many rivers, or a weekend trip to one or two of the many state parks, or to finish up your Nebraska Passport visits.

Big Red football season is about to begin again with its sea of red and high spirits and hopes for the new season.

Nebraska City’s Applejack Festival is next month as well as the Junk Jaunt! SO much to do here in Nebraska.

Total Solar Eclipse! August 21, 2017

The excitement is building and you can feel it in the air.  Anticipation  is great for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 and accompanying events. The path of totality crosses directly over a large portion of Nebraska Highway 2 and we could not be more excited for the visitors, the communities and the huge economic boost it will give our State of Nebraska.
In Ravenna, Nebraska, the totality is predicted to last 2 minutes and 38 seconds!!! The community of Ravenna, Nebraska has partnered with Kearney, Nebraska which will help with lodging and food. Most, if not all, motels and camping spots are already full but please contact the Visitors Bureau in Grand Island or Kearney or Broken Bow and they will try and help you find some place to stay. In the Grand Island and Ravenna areas, you can visit the website for more information at https://solareclipseravenna.com/. This is going to be a once in a lifetime event and the place to be a part of it is here!
Protection for your eyes is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Many businesses are selling the special glasses for as little as $2.00 a pair. Beware of fakes which will not offer the eye protection you will need. Looking directly at the sun can cause blindness spots on your  eyes’ retinas which is not repairable. Please be especially vigilant with children and make sure they keep the glasses on while looking at the sun. The glasses can be removed during totality but that lasts only a short while (up to 2 minutes and 38 seconds) and the glasses should be put back on once the totality is complete and the partial eclipse resumes.
We are very excited for this big event and hope you will come and enjoy it with us!!!

Discoveries in small towns

My intent that Friday was to drive west on Nebraska Highway 2 to Broken Bow and take some good pictures to include on the webpage, www.nebraskahighway2.com/BrokenBow.  Because there are small towns between Grand Island and Broken Bow I have to convince myself not to stop at any of them before getting to Broken Bow or I would lose my focus and time. It was overcast and raining when I started out and cloudy, grey skies are not what I wanted for my pictures representing Broken Bow.  The earlier weather forcast and the skies told me that the storm would be moving out of the area at some point so knowing I had a bit of a delay, I drove right through Broken Bow and headed for Halsey National Forest so I could  purchase a lifetime National Park  Senior Pass before the price goes up this Fall.
Once at the forest, I spent some time in the Ranger’s office chatting with a knowledgeable ranger (whose name I did not remember… sorry fella) who answered my questions with relish.   I found I should leave some www.nebraskahighway2.com information pamphlets there for travelers to pick up to learn what is available to them along the highway.  I did spend a little time enjoying the forest and then was on my way back east towards Broken Bow and the clearing skies.  But those small towns just draw me in and the next thing I know is I am turning  into Dunning, Nebraska with thoughts of what I would create for the webpage for Dunning. I have visited the Sinclair Station at Dunning, many times before over the years (it is right along Nebraska Highway 2) and admired and purchased some of the pottery that is sold there. The pottery is created locally by Marlene Van Diest of Sandhills Pottery  and each piece I viewed was unique.

I drove down main street Dunning and parked and decided to photograph some of the interesting buildings.

I spotted the Sandhills Heritage Museum which was open so I stepped in.  The Sandhills Heritage Museum  is located in an old bank building right on the main street of Dunning.  And yes, that is a hitching post in front of the museum.  It is a snapshot of life in the area and holds some interesting and surprising items from the Sandhills life from years gone by.  The days and hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. It can be opened anytime by request and availability of board members.

museum

Whether to Weather

Weather is a big BIG deal here in the midwest part of the United States.  Here in Nebraska there are miles of open roadways that offer little to no protection from hail, wind, blazing sun or blizzards.  In other words, know what to expect on your travels along Nebraska Highway 2 and be prepared!

Gas stations, motels and restaurants are also scarce in some parts of the State of Nebraska so prepare before you go!  Our website www.nebraskahighway2.com offers you the information you will need before beginning your travels.  The weather will be accessible on each community page.  Each community page will offer information on  motels, restaurants and fuel.  Many communities also have auto repair shops, hardware stores, grocery stores and medical clinics.  But not all of them do.   And it can be a very long stretch between  communities.  Plan your drive!

 

Look! The world is waking up!

April – beautiful month of early Spring and the welcome return of birds and flowers and leaves on trees. Motivation and new energies coming at us from all directions.
www.nebraskahighway2.com is undergoing a complete redesign of the website. We are making the website semantically correct — to aid those with visual disabilities and also making it responsive. Those visiting and traveling the highway and exploring the communities are relying on their smart phones and tablets for information on events and ammenities. Will they find you?
We are also updating the Farmer’s Markets page so the information is accurate and up to date. In anticipation of the thousands of visitors that Nebraska will play host to this August alone for the total solar eclipse and that huge economic stimulator we want your business to be found.  The total solar eclipse alone will bring hundreds if not thousands of dollars into our communities and our businesses need to make the very most of it!
We are working towards the date of June 1st for our total renovation to be up and live including the webpages for the bannercommunities of Broken Bow and Lincoln! A big order but well worth the investment. Speaking of investments, will your business be found on the internet by visitors this summer? Place an ad on www.nebraskahighway2.com and reap the rewards of having an ad accessible 24 hours everyday by anyone in the world!

SUMMER DAYS in FEBRUARY! WHAT?

sandhills along Nebraska Highway 2
sandhills along Nebraska Highway 2

The weather in Nebraska is always varied. The saying “if you don’t like the weather just a wait a few days” is well known around our State. This week – In FEBRUARY – we are enjoying warm, sunny 70 degree temperatures. And in two days we will have a winter storm watch bringing a possible foot of snow for the northern and western sections of our State. What? Yes, say the weather predictors. Oh, okay.
I have been attending the Nebraska Agri-Tourism Conference in beautiful Broken Bow, Nebraska this week. Yesterday, we traveled a few miles out of Broken Bow into the Sandhills and visited the Kinkaiders Brewery. What a lovely day it was. The business owners shared their stories of how they came to start their business, the support from the community they received and their hopes for the future of their business. We then broke into groups and toured the buildings and the taproom and enjoyed a cool beverage outside on the deck.
Supper was deliciously provided by Kinkaider’s restaurant chef, MIchelle Paris, a longtime chef from Portland, Oregon.
The first day of the Nebraska Agri-Tourism Conference was full of information, lots of laughs, great food and drink and the opportunity to meet many new and familiar faces from around our State. Looking forward to today’s full schedule!

Looking Forward to SPRING!

January 2017 is almost behind us in the rear view mirror.  Closer and closer to Spring we are coming.  I am beginning to shake off the lethargy of winter and its grey, cold days and dream of  new, young green sprouts poking up from newly turned earth.  Green buds on the trees and the early flowers; tulips, crocus, daffodils.  The Sandhill cranes and snow geese will be circling overhead their distinctive cries filling the skies as they make their way home northbound.

The Crane Center near Alda, Nebraska is just a very short way from Nebraska Highway 2 as it passes through Grand Island, Nebraska.  The Center offers early morning and early evening viewing but you need to reserve a place soon as they sell out quickly.  The experience of the thousands of cranes in the Platte River and flying overhead is something that will stir your inner soul and will leave your spirit forever changed.  Find it on the internet here: https://cranetrust.org.