|What a nice surprise!|
I remember a million years ago I was in Nebraska with my kids for one night and had the best steak. Since we almost never have steak anymore I figured this was a good place to give it a try. Whiskey Creek Woodfire Grill serves a tasty rib eye!! Nice to be back in a good size town with a broad selection of eateries and services.
50 degrees is the forecast high, but we never see 40. Our free-standing electric heater continues to be one of the smartest thing we added. It's a great supplement to the gas furnace we have to use when it's colder than 40 outside.
|On-the-water becomes in-the-water. We really appreciate being up on the concrete pad.|
|At first I think it's fog then realize it's snow!! It continues off and on for a few hours, but never builds up.|
The only thing on my "list" for this stop is Fort Kearney. It's a week before the park's official opening, and it's 43 degrees, so we check out the small site from the warmth of the Jeep.
|Reconstructed blacksmith shop.|
|Sites of barracks and other buildings.|
|This stunner greets you at the entrance.|
|Not much other Spring color yet.|
|The nearby recreation area has a dozen fishing ponds. All camping sites have electric but we didn't see any water spigots. There is at least one shower house so they must have them!|
The cold and damp means we don't get out much, but do enjoy a couple great meals. Alley Rose and Cunninghams are both excellent.
|About a third of the campground. All sites have power and water. Five have 50 amp.|
|We appreciate that our gardener is making our backyard nice. It's very cold.|
Six years ago we were in Socorro, New Mexico, on Cinco de Mayo. It was a last minute reroute for family issues, and we figured we'd really lucked out being there for the holiday. We still laugh that we couldn't find a Mexican food place with margaritas! Had to opt for a hotel lounge :-)) This year we're in Nebraska, and yep! Numerous options for Mexican food and margaritas. One should never assume.
|Blood Orange margarita sooooo good!|
|La Mesa Mexican restaurant gave us these pretty glasses for the holiday. Deep fried ice cream was the perfect ending to a great meal.|
|It even felt like a holiday - good job Nebraska :-)|
The expected rain doesn't show this time, but it never warms up all day. Looking ahead it will be in the 90's here by mid-week!
|The blue skies and sunshine are invigorating!|
We always enjoy our National Wildlife Refuges so we check out one about 35 miles north. Unlike some, the drive isn't a loop and we don't get back to the visitor center after exploring. Red-wind blackbirds, Canada geese and adorable turtles make up our wildlife sightings. Frogs are singing but we don't see any.
|Desoto National Wildlife Refuge|
|Coming back for the slow-pokes.|
Unfortunately Tessa does find other wildlife and we pull over two dozen ticks off her :-( So gross. But her white coat makes it a lot easier than when I had black poodles as a kid! We check, and none made their way to us.
|Historic neighborhoods have several vintage beauties.|
|Barns always grab my eye. The big doors must be on the other side!|