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!
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!!!
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.
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 communities 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!
Things have changed. That seems an obvious statement but really, things have changed. In the past it was expected that once the farmer’s child graduated from high school they went on to college or university and settled in a large town or city to make their way. Few returned to the farm or small town where they were raised. There weren’t enough opportunities to make a living for themselves and their young families. But now! There are so many opportunities to work from home via the internet and to live in rural areas and on farms or ranches. And where there are young families there are opportunities for other businesses to grow and thrive to meet the needs and wants of these young families. Have you considered moving to a small community. A peaceful, clean, community focused home town? And just why not?