|I-80 in Nebraska, will it ever end?|
Well the funeral home photography job in Boulder didn't pan out so we left Longmont, Colorado around 10:30 Monday morning (5/5) and drove east thru Nebraska on I-80. Nebraska is one long (about 450 miles) and boring state! We spent our first night on the road at Walmart in North Platte and then continued East on I-80 until we finally left Nebraska and arrived at our home for the next 8 nights - Neola, Iowa (just east of Council Bluffs). We are staying at a small but very nice county park - Arrowhead Park. The campsites including electricity are $15.00 per night, you can't beat that! There are a few hiking trails here and a small fishing lake. They even rent canoes and paddleboats. This is one of the prettiest parks we've stayed at. There are only 4 or 5 other campers here and we are off by ourselves on the banks of a small creek. This may change on the weekend but for now it's just about perfect. I am sitting outside right now writing on my iPad, looking over the creek and listening to the birds. Life is good!
|The view out our front window|
The jail remained open until 1969. Today it's run by the Historical Society of Pottawatamie County. According to some history buffs it's one of Council Bluffs most haunted buildings. Paranormal groups often visit on weekend nights and the public is occasionally invited to special ghost-hunting events.
There are only three of these jails left (none being used for prisoners) and one of the others is in Crawfordsville, IN which is the town my grandmotherr grew up in. We will definitely be checking that one out.
|Lewis and Clark Monument looking west over the Missouri River|
|We'll have a barrel of fun . . .|
We got back in the car and headed back to check out Neola. This town is tiny, only about 850 people. There is one small grocery store, and a couple of small restaurants which I'm sure we will be checking out before we leave. We drove a little further east to another small town, Minden. We were just going to pass thru but saw a junky looking 2nd hand shop and decided to stop. I am now the very proud owner of a windup Santa Claus holding an accordian that plays the Beer Barrel Polka! My siblings will understand how cool that is (at least my sisters will).
|Danish Windmill in Elkhorn, IA|
|Inside the windmill|
|I still don't like heights!|
|The tiny Morning Star Chapel|
On Saturday we drove back across the Missouri River to Nebraska to check out a few estate sales. We went to four but didn't find anything to re-sell on ebay. I did pick up another scrabble game and one of these days I really will do a craft project with all these scrabble tiles that I keep buying - anyone have any good ideas (or old scrabble games)?
Sunday was very low-key, we visited the laundromat in Council Bluffs and then hung out around the campground. As we were watching television we heard a strange tapping noise so we had to check it out - it was a Baltimore Oriole tapping on our bedroom window at his reflection, so funny!
|Hey, you're hot|
|How much is that birdie in the window?|
When we woke up Monday morning most of the other campers were gone and we were back to only about four rigs in the whole park, just the way we like it.
Geese are our only neighbors but they are sure a lot louder than the human ones!