September 29, 2014

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Today’s another installment in a series about Lincoln, Neb. Read the entire trip recap here.

No trip to Lincoln with kids is complete without a stop to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. The lines between petting zoo and full-blown zoo are blurred here, making a child’s experience all the better. The zoo will be expanding in 2019, so stay tuned for updates!

One of the first animals to greet you when you enter the Lincoln Children's Zoo.

One of the first animals to greet you when you enter the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

 

During our whirlwind 24-hour trip to the city, we decided to visit one early Sunday morning. It’s a small enough zoo to plan a morning visit and finish in time for a kid’s nap time… if that’s a factor in planning trips.

 

Favorite parts

My favorite aspect of this zoo is the pretty meandering path from exhibit to exhibit. Trees and landscaping made it difficult to see what was around the bend, making each turn an adventure for my kids.

Checking out the flamingos at the zoo.

Checking out the flamingos at the zoo.

It’s really a nice place to stroll – and you can really get up close to the animals.

High five the zoo residents.

High five the zoo residents.

The zoo’s strengths are its hands-on activities, particularly the animal encounters. Mooch loved touching all the animals.

Mooch hit the jackpot with the Critter Outpost, a booth with young volunteers showing some fuzzy, feathery creatures.

Mooch hit the jackpot with the Critter Outpost, a booth with young volunteers showing some fuzzy, feathery creatures.

 

The only drawback to these hands-on activities, were that the encounters were a little too close. Farley – being our bouncy, vibrating-with-energy, Farley – accidentally stepped backward onto one of the lizards on the floor. I was about ready to resign from zoo visits.

Better to have the animals on a table than on a floor...at least when my kids are around.

Better to have the animals on a table than on a floor…at least when my kids are around.

 

Kids can have the opportunity to feed goats and other critters (like a camel), for a small fee, and they can also pay to ride ponies.

Feeding time is all day here.

Feeding time is all day here.

 

There are also small play areas for children scattered throughout the zoo. Sometimes kids just need to climb around like one of the animals, right?

Zoo Collage

Climbing, jumping and sliding are on tap for young zoo visitors.

As for the rest of the zoo, a lot of the exhibits were designed to get youngsters as close as possible to animals. There are also regularly scheduled activities with animals, so during our morning visit, we got to watch the penguins dine on fish.

It was fun to watch the keeper feed the penguins - they each have names and she keeps track of all of them. The crowd had fun trying to keep track of the names, too.

It was fun to watch the keeper feed the penguins – they each have names and she keeps track of all of them. The crowd had fun trying to keep track of the names, too.

 

There is a train to ride at the zoo, but I was disappointed in its route. It circled the outside of the zoo, barely giving you a chance to see animals from a different view.

Family selfie on the train.

Family selfie on the train.

Regardless, the kids loved it, and the tunnel the train goes through seemed to be exciting for them.

This is largely an outdoor zoo – so it’s only open from early spring to late fall. And if you visit during less-than-wonderful weather, you have just a handful options for indoor hideouts (Animal Kingdom being your best bet). We were there during a rainstorm and you just have to make do.

There is a place to buy food and enjoy it outside near a playground and a large dinosaur dig pit (yay for sand! – not). Like most zoos, you’re not going to find a ton of health foods, but there were fruit and vegetable options.

 

If you go

Where: 1222 S. 27th, Lincoln, Neb.

When: Open seasonally daily, April  through mid-October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including holidays

Admission: Adults, 13-61, $9.95; children 2-12 and seniors, 62+, $8.95; children 1 and younger, FREE. Tip for Omaha zoo members – your zoo membership gets you 50% off admission at the Lincoln zoo! Take advantage of it.

Lincoln Zoo 3

 

More About Lincoln, Nebraska:

24 Hours Of Fun In Lincoln With Kids

Lincoln Children’s Museum

Things To Do Near Lincoln Children’s Museum

Things to Do Near Lincoln’s Zoo (Sunken Gardens, Antelope Park)

 

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September 23, 2014

Things To Do Near Lincoln Children’s Museum

Today’s another installment in a series about Lincoln, Neb., and the fun things you can do there with your family. Read the entire trip recap here.

 

Let’s say you’re planning a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Museum, but you figure you might as well do a little bit of exploring while you’re down there. Make that hour drive worthwhile, right?

Lincoln CollageWM

Here are a couple of ideas within walking distance of the museum (though, I’ll be honest, with little kids, you may want to drive to some of the places on the university campus).

The museum is located in downtown Lincoln, not far from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. This campus is nice enough to walk around, and it has a few buildings you may want to check out with the kids.

The hall of mammoths at Morrill Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The hall of mammoths at Morrill Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Our favorite is Morrill Hall, the state’s natural history museum. If you visit that museum with young children, don’t forget to head to the Science Discovery area in the basement – it’s full of hands-on activities for little ones.

Three other options recommended to in a recent guest post are The Sheldon Museum of ArtKiechel Fine Art Gallery and International Quilt Study Center & Museum. (see that original post about Lincoln here)

You’ll find a lot of dining options in downtown Lincoln, particularly on O Street. Right near the museum, you’ll find the chain restaurant Jersey Mike’s, which offers a free kids meal with the purchase of an adults meal when you show them your children’s museum admission sticker. You could go local, and try the pizza place Lazzari’s at 1434 O St.

 

Your turn: For those of you from Lincoln or familiar with the city, what are some of your favorite places in downtown Lincoln? Give me your best restaurant recommendations!

 

More About Lincoln, Nebraska:

Sept. 8 – 24 Hours Of Fun In Lincoln With Kids

Sept. 16Lincoln Children’s Museum

Sept. 23 – Things To Do Near Lincoln Children’s Museum

Sept. 29 Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Oct. 7 – Things to Do Near Lincoln’s Zoo (Sunken Gardens, Antelope Park)

 

More from Oh My! Omaha:

Insider’s Family Guide: Lincoln

What’s Kid-Friendly In Lincoln’s Haymarket

Adventures At Morrill Hall

September 16, 2014

Lincoln Children’s Museum

My family recently made a quick 24-hour visit to Lincoln, Neb. Read the trip recap here.

The first stop on our to-do list was the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

 

It's hard to capture all three levels of the Lincoln Children's Museum in one shot.

It’s hard to capture all three levels of the Lincoln Children’s Museum in one shot.

You know how tempting it is to compare new things to what you’re used to at home? I did it with the Lincoln Children’s Museum and Omaha Children’s Museum. I couldn’t help it. I’d heard so many people say this or that one was better.

There was no clear winner. There’s a lot to like at each, and each did some things better.

Let’s talk about Lincoln’s, though. It’s located a few blocks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the downtown area. Parking is tricky, especially if you time it like us, and go on a Husker game day. There is no parking lot for the museum, it’s all street parking.

The three-story museum is a lot to take in for the first-timer. My kids had no idea which way to go, but they spotted a hot air balloon and water feature on the bottom level first, so off we went.

The bottom level had a lot we hadn’t seen at our home children’s museum.

Farley entranced by the water area.

Farley entranced by the water area.

The water area was really large, and was my son’s favorite in the whole museum. Kids could build dams, play with water toys, and for the youngest, there were little seats that gave them access to splash with their hands.

There's a stage in the basement of the children's museum, complete with a sound booth for kids to play with (or dads, as the case is here).

There’s a stage in the basement of the children’s museum, complete with a sound booth for kids to play with (or dads, as the case is here).

The rest of the lower level was an assortment for different interests – a tunnel system to pretend to be prairie dogs; a stage and dress up area; the fun photo opp, the big red rocking chair; and several other play areas.

Enter in those holes at your own risk. Grown up rear ends don't glide through there so easily.

Enter in those holes at your own risk. Grown up rear ends don’t glide through there so easily.

The middle floor featured areas that represented Nebraska life well. Here are a few things you’ll find in Tiny Town:

Tiny Town at Lincoln Children's Museum.

Tiny Town at Lincoln Children’s Museum.

Kids could play at places like:

Kimmel Family Apple Orchard (with a game both my kids enjoyed).

Learning about the harvest season at the Kimmel Family Apple Orchard exhibit.

Learning about the harvest season at the Kimmel Family Apple Orchard exhibit.

 

A Hy-Vee Grocery store

The Nebraska Cornhuskers corner – featuring stuff from the football, volleyball and baseball teams

Note the little Husker football player hiding in the back of the court.

Note the little Husker football player hiding in the back of the court.

 

It also had an area for children to pretend to be in the police and fire departments, as well as a cute separated area for younger visitors.

The place for the littles to play.

The place for the littles to play.

The top floor had some exciting stuff for my kids – a full-size plane, plus a mini space station.

Kids can get inside this airplane.

Kids can get inside this airplane. Or adults, if that’s what you’ve been dying to do.

It was also the location of the small art center and face painting stations, the top of the tree house (the tree runs through all three levels) and some other transportation-related stuff.

A view of the top level of the Lincoln Children's Museum.

A view of the top level of the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

Favorite parts

My preschooler said he loved the water room the most. The sound of the running water was relaxing, and there was a lot of space to play.

Water play at its most fun, with only a slight chance of soaking clothes. Parents and kids differ on whether this is a good or bad thing.

Water play at its most fun, with only a slight chance of soaking clothes. Parents and kids differ on whether this is a good or bad thing.

My 2-year-old seemed to return the stage again and again. Between the costumes and being able to see herself on TV, I know she loved it. I liked how there was a sound booth kids could play with and they can change the scenery themselves.

Dress up is always a hit with this kid. She also liked changing the scenery, so she could be a princess under the seas or in the jungle.

Dress up is always a hit with this kid. She also liked changing the scenery, so she could be a princess under the seas or in the jungle.

If you go

Lincoln Children’s Museum

Where: 1420 P St., Lincoln, Neb.

When: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission: Children younger than 18, FREE; $10.95, children (18 months to 15 years old); $9.95, adults (ages 16+). Reciprocal membership alert! If you have a Patron membership to Omaha Children’s Museum, you receive 50% off admission for up to 6 people.

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More About Lincoln, Nebraska:

24 Hours Of Fun In Lincoln With Kids

Things To Do Near Lincoln Children’s Museum

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Things to Do Near Lincoln’s Zoo (Sunken Gardens, Antelope Park)

 

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September 9, 2014

24 Hours Of Fun In Lincoln With Kids

Updated: April 27, 2018

For a quick escape, there isn’t a better city than Lincoln with all it has to offer. We took a day trip to Lincoln last winter and the kids had fun (maybe it was seeing their cousin, Jake).

I invited Gretchen from Odyssey Through Nebraska to write about her hometown not too long ago and her post (read it!) spurred the idea I ought to revisit in warmer months. I had attractions on my to-visit list, too many for one day when you had a child who still took naps.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll write about different places we visited, so check back often. Below is a brief recap of our overnighter.

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We left Omaha early in the morning on a Husker game day – what was I thinking?! I didn’t even dress myself or my kids in red. Oh, the horror.

Our first stop was to the Lincoln Children’s Museum. We got there late morning and played until lunch time.

Multiple levels of fun found at the Lincoln Children's Museum. Plan on having a hard time getting your kids to leave.

Multiple levels of fun found at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. Plan on having a hard time getting your kids to leave.

This is easily a winner with children of all ages. Plan a few hours of your day here because it’s hard to get kids to leave. We had to promise a quick stop back after lunch, actually.

Downtown Lincoln offers a lot of dining choices, though if you go on game day, you’ll expect a wait at a lot of them.

We hit up Yelp and found The Sultan’s Kite, a well-reviewed Mediterranean quick-service restaurant, located a few blocks from the museum. If you’re an adventurous family, there’s great food to be had.

Pita bread and Chicken Tikka Korma were hits with the kids at Sultan's Kite.

Pita bread and Chicken Tikka Korma were hits with the kids at Sultan’s Kite.

If your kids are young, you’re better off just giving them some of your food. My husband’s order, Chicken Tikka Korma, was a big hit with the kiddos.

After a laughable attempt at nap time, we decided to enjoy the beautiful weather with a long walk. Our destination: The Sunken Gardens. I have family in Lincoln all my life and somehow, I’ve never been here. Crazy.

Taking a break to look over the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.

Taking a break to look over the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.

It’s a beautiful public garden (Read: FREE) not far from the Lincoln zoo. Across the street from the Sunken Gardens is another smaller public garden and park. You have to cross a busy intersection to get to it, but it’s not far and it makes for a longer walk.

Dinner was disappointing with a botched take-out order of pizza, so I’m not even going name names or get into it.

We had plans the next morning to meet two of our nephews (University of Nebraska-Lincoln students) for breakfast. The kids were up early, so we went to Oak Lake Park – it’s not from downtown Lincoln with a view of the stadium.

Oak Lake Park is near downtown Lincoln.

Oak Lake Park is near downtown Lincoln.

Breakfast was at Green Gataeu, not far from the UNL campus. Being the day after a game, both nephews bailed on us – for various reasons. Their loss. The restaurant is a popular spot apparently, and we timed our non-reservation visit before the crowd arrived. They have a kids menu, but frustrating for us, the kids didn’t eat much of what we ordered. While there were a lot of kids at the restaurant, it’d be a great place to go with friends or a significant other – it’s the kinds of place that has a bacon Bloody Mary on special.

 

The charming exterior of The Green Gateau. The inside is even more lovely.

The charming exterior of The Green Gateau. The inside is even more lovely.

Probably my favorite part of the breakfast were the chocolate beignets we ordered. One order consists of two puffy pastries.

Sunday morning was spent at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. It was a rainy but fun few hours. You’ll want to keep an eye on this zoo’s renovations: It’s expanding in 2019!

One of the first animals to greet you when you enter the Lincoln Children's Zoo.

One of the first animals to greet you when you enter the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. You’d better have food ready, the greedy little guy.

We ate lunch at the zoo, rode the train, and then decided to top our afternoon off with ice cream before heading back to Omaha. Oh, but first, the kids saw a ginormous park that we had to stop at. Antelope Park made me want to be a kid again.

Antelope Park is located near the Lincoln Children's Zoo.

Antelope Park is located near the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

I counted 12 slides in the big kids playground alone (there’s an area for 5 and younger as well). One neat note about that park – there’s a wheelchair pathway on the equipment.

Onward to ice cream. On the East Campus of UNL, you’ll find the UNL Dairy Store, in business of making homemade dairy products – ice cream – since 1917. I wasn’t sure what to expect- ice cream – but I was pleasantly surprised by the setting and the food options (they serve sandwiches – and ice cream).

Smiley kids after an ice cream cone at the UNL Dairy Store.

Smiley kids after an ice cream cone at the UNL Dairy Store.

If you plan ahead, you can arrange for a tour of the facilities, but the kids were fine with peeking in a window.

 

Find more family-friendly things to do in Lincoln:

Lincoln Children’s Museum

Things To Do Near Lincoln Children’s Museum

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Things to Do Near Lincoln’s Zoo (Sunken Gardens, Antelope Park)

 

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July 7, 2014

Insider’s Family Guide: Lincoln

Insider’s Family Guide is a guest blogger series that runs occasionally on Oh My! Omaha. See previous Insider Family Guides to St. Louis, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs. Today’s post on Lincoln, Nebraska, is written by Gretchen, the blogger behind Odyssey Through Nebraska. I think you’ll be surprised at all the Lincoln has to offer, especially if you haven’t visited in a while. Enjoy!

I like to keep my options open.  Because of this, I am a big fan of buffets.  Not that I eat enough to make the price worth it, but because I get excited about all of the choices.  My husband is the opposite.  He prefers cut-and-dried, ordering off the menu.  In fact, I often order for him for that very reason.  (No, Waitress, I am really not that bossy!)

When I was asked to write a “Local’s Guide to Lincoln” post for Oh My! Omaha, I was honored.  Struggling to narrow down my favorites was a bit hard, but maybe for a girl who does like possibilities, this makes sense.  Therefore, I made a decision.  By including links to a bunch of places, these varied options are for those of you who like to write your own adventures.  For those of you who like to be guided along, I will include lengthier information about my “favorite” places to go around Nebraska’s Capital City.

What To Do

If I were bringing the children along, stops at the Lincoln Children’s Museum and at the Lincoln Zoo would be high on my list.  If just my girl were along, I would stop by the Nebraska Governor’s Residence, so that she could see all of the inaugural ball gowns and the First Lady dolls.  My three sons always enjoy a visit to the UNL Tractor Test & Power Museum.

Among the places in Lincoln to visit with kids is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tractor Test Museum. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Among the places in Lincoln to visit with kids is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tractor Test Museum. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Catching a Saltdogs baseball game, a Lincoln Stars hockey match or any Huskers sporting event is always fun for our family.  We particularly love taking a scheduled tour of Memorial Stadium.  Our football facilities are amazing to see!

For those art aficionados, I would recommend The Sheldon Museum of Art and also Kiechel Fine Art Gallery because seeing an original Andy Warhol in person is just cool.  Another one of our favorite creative places to visit is the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

To pick only ONE place to take guests in Lincoln, the choice is an obvious one for me.  Viewable across the city, the Nebraska Capitol is my favorite Lincoln location to visit.  Featuring exquisite architecture, detailed mosaics, storied tapestries and so many spaces to explore, the Capitol is a feast for the eyes.

The state capitol building is the a must-visit. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

The state Capitol building is the a must-visit. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

By taking a tour, you will learn the significance of all of the components that were brought together to tell Nebraska’s story.  Wandering through the Hall of Fame gives you a glimpse into the lives of some of the men and women that have made our state what it is today.  While you can walk around on your own, you will miss the insider perspective and will also not get to see quite as much as the judicial chambers are typically locked up and the legislative chamber can only been seen through the glass panels.

The Nebraska State Capitol. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Capitol. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

What do my four children love the most about the Capitol?  Riding the elevator to the very top and looking out across Lincoln.  On days where the weather cooperates, the exterior balcony doors are propped open for you to go out and take a peak.  Picking out buildings and locations across the Lincoln skyline is a fun challenge.

Where To Eat

For being a smaller city, Lincoln has many, many delicious and unique locations to dine.  Being known for Nebraska beef, Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery and Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill provide great options.  We also have several original renowned ethnic eateries: The Oven (Indian cuisine), The Blue Orchid (Thai cuisine), Sebastian’s Table (Spanish tapas) and The Normandy (casual French cuisine). These are all places that I would go on date nights.

Getting pizza from Valentinos or from Isles Pizza and Pub in Havelock are also great food options.  If I were to eat out with my family across Lincoln for one day, these are the locations that I would pick. Maybe we will have to have a stay-cation soon!

Breakfast:

The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln’s new Railyard District. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

The Doughnut Hole in Lincoln’s new Railyard District. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

 

Wanting to start your day with a sugar rush of deliciousness?  Look no further than The Doughnut Hole (350 Canopy Street) in Lincoln’s new Railyard District.  Their selections change daily and even seasonally, with a few standard options such as vanilla-bean glaze and their popular maple-bacon are always available. Featuring Stumptown Coffee, starting your day here provides a great beginning.

 

On my to-try list is A Cafe by ChefauChef which is a new downtown Lincoln bistro that just opened in June.  If I were looking for a sit-down week-end restaurant, I would visit

The Green Gateau at 330 S. 10th. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

The Green Gateau at 330 S. 10th. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

.  Having been to many a bridal shower here, we often picked brunch as our time.  My favorite is definitely the French Toast!

Lunch: The Burger Wars

Enjoying a great burger for lunch always sounds like a winning option to me.  We have two favorite places to grab a burger, and they happen to be on opposite sides of Lincoln.  We tend to frequent the northeast one more often since it is closer to home, but when we are eating out in southwest Lincoln, we do enjoy the other place as well.

 

My husband and I enjoy date nights at Honest Abe's, but we cannot tell the kids our destination, or they would BEG to tag along!  Both of the framed pictures describe my husband! Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

My husband and I enjoy date nights at Honest Abe’s, but we cannot tell the kids our destination, or they would BEG to tag along!  Both of the framed pictures describe my husband! Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom is located at 854 N. 70th St.  The actual restaurant space is rather small, so if you want to dine in, I suggest not arriving at 6 p.m. Thankfully, you can get burgers to go any time. While they do have a few standards that always remain on the menu, they are also known for having a rotating menu. I really like the 1809 featuring a 6 oz. patty, smoked gouda, applewood bacon, pickled apples and smoky honey mayo. While I could order that any visit and be perfectly happy, often their featured “temporary” burgers sound so intriguing that I go that direction  as well since they are around for a limited time. Paying the extra $1 for the Parmesan Truffle fries is a great idea!

Getting their menu updates are possible if you sign up for their Honest Abe’s Facebook page.  One important detail to note: they are CLOSED on Sundays.

HF Crave at 2801 Pine Lake Road. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

HF Crave at 2801 Pine Lake Road. Photo courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

HF Crave can found at 2801 Pine Lake Road in the SouthPointe shopping complex area. This is a farm-to-table restaurant in the purest sense. JR & Marcy Hollenbeck and family raise the beef that is served in their restaurant. They have “Build It How You Crave It” where you pick the type of bun, type of meat and your desired toppings. A whole line of signature burgers is also available where they pick the toppings for you. I really like the PB & B featuring peanut butter and bacon especially with their sweet potato fries!  Yum!

Dinner: A Nebraska Original

Parker's Smokehouse 64th and O. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Parker’s Smokehouse 64th and O. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Located at 64th and O, near Gateway Mall, Parker’s Smokehouse now has expanded to have locations in both Ashland and Nebraska City. This is often our family’s pick for birthday celebrations. As far as menu options, their tagline, “Barbecue with Soul” says it all. Featuring their slowly-smoked meats such as Georgia pulled-pork, Texas beef brisket and St. Louis-style BBQ spare ribs, the barbecue options are amazing. Deciding from the options may be challenging as they are all delicious and determining which of their four sauces to top your chosen meat with may also cause you some thought. On the weekends, they make the choices even harder when they add smoked prime rib to the menu. Not into barbecue? Having signature salads and sandwiches are also always options. Whatever you choose, you will leave satisfied.

Food at Parker's Smokehouse. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Food at Parker’s Smokehouse. Photo collage courtesy Odyssey Through Nebraska.

Did I give you enough options to provide you with a great day in Lincoln? I hope so. The people here are friendly, and often Lincoln has been called a “small town” city. We hope you come to visit us soon! If you want to learn about additional Lincoln adventures, I often feature my hometown, as well as other Nebraska places on my blog, Odyssey Through Nebraska.

 – Gretchen Garrison has been married to her best friend for 14+ years.  Together they are raising their four children, and she is attempting to homeschool them.  (All four will be in school officially this year!)  By blogging at www.odysseythroughnebraska.com, she is inspired to take her kids places rather than just planning to go there “someday.”  

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