We have had the privilege of having season tickets to Nebraska Cornhusker football games for the past five years. Every fall, we look forward to returning to Memorial Stadium, going through Gate 20, walking up and up and up to section 108, and squeezing ourselves in the 17-inch spaces known as row 1, seats 7 and 8.  We love having season tickets and cheering on our beloved Huskers each year. We’ve also grown to enjoy the other season ticket holders around us, some more than others. There’s the bearded man who sits down the row and can always be counted on for leading a GOOOOOOOOO — BIIIIIIIIIIIIIG — REEEEEEED chant, and there was the woman who for several years yelled, “Give it to Imani,” “first down,” and “run like a laser!”

But some of the people we’ve enjoyed most are Mark and Kathy, who drive 180 miles (each way) from Le Mars, Iowa for home games. They sit in the row behind us, just a few seats over. They arrive early like us. They yell when the defense is on the field and we can always count on them for a high five when the Huskers score. We like visiting with them before games, hearing their takes on the play calling and turning to Kathy for explanations of questionable penalties since she usually is listening to the radio broadcast through headphones.

We’ve enjoyed meeting their exchange students and hearing about what’s going on in Le Mars. We even stopped in Le Mars last summer on our way to Minnesota to see the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor (definitely worth the stop).

 

The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa, is a great place to visit. The two-story building includes an old fashioned ice cream parlor, gift shop, a museum, and of course, lots of great Blue Bunny ice cream.

The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa, is a great place to visit. The two-story building includes an old fashioned ice cream parlor, gift shop, a museum, and of course, lots of great Blue Bunny ice cream.

So many choices of fantastic Blue Bunny ice cream. Two of our favorites are Mocha Me Hoppy and Bunny Tracks.

So many choices of fantastic Blue Bunny ice cream. Two of our favorites are Mocha Me Hoppy and Bunny Tracks.

We haven’t seen Mark and Kathy for more than a month now, but we knew they’d be gone. They told us when we played Illinois, Oct. 1, that they would not be in their seats for the next home game because they were going to be in Rome, Italy. We were excited for them to have the opportunity to travel abroad and reminded them to send us a postcard. We’re so glad they did!

Vatican postcard

Vatican postcard

 

They sent us a postcard from Vatican City in the heart of Rome, a place where we traveled in the summer os 2015. You can read more about that HERE.

It is always great to hear from people when they travel, and we’re hoping Mark and Kathy are back in their seats tonight as Nebraska takes on Minnesota. We have a lot of catching up to do.

[well]When you’re traveling next, be sure to send us a postcard at Postcard Jar, P.O. Box 334, Crete, NE 68333. We’d love to hear from you![/well]

  • A chic, swanky boutique hotel, located in a renovated Middle School, @hotelgrinnell offers guests comfortable accommodations as well as great food and drink options. With a full auditorium, and a ballroom in the former gym, this hotel is perfect for anything from a weekend getaway to a major event. We had the opportunity to stay in the hotel on a hosted visit, and wrote a blog post about our stay. See the link in our bio.
  • On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, there is a point where you round a bend and see this view, with the Atlantic Ocean on the left, and the Caribbean Sea on the right. ⁣
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Ann took this photo several years ago when we visited St. Kitts for a day while on a cruise in the Caribbean. ⁣
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We met our friend, Mikey Tross, on the island and with the help of a local driver and guide, we toured the entire island in a day. ⁣
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We climbed to the top of Brimstone Hills, saw the beaches, at at Fredo's (a local restaurant) and toured Caribelle  Batik at Romney Manor. ⁣
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St. Kitts is a beautiful island and the people there are incredibly generous. If you haven't already been there, add St. Kitts to your bucket list.
  • The Grinnell, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce offices are located in a former bank designed by famed architect, Louis Sullivan. The architect built a series of "Jewel Box" banks, called that because they resemble jewel boxes.⁣
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These buildings are intricate in detail and rich in their finishes. The next time you pass near Grinnell, it is definitely worth the stop to step into American architectural history.
  • In downtown Kearney, Nebraska, you'll find @mccuesnebraskataproom, home to all sorts of Nebraska libations. When you visit, you can choose from a large selection of beers, wines, and even liquors all made in Nebraska. It's a fun environment where regulars welcome visitors, and fun is had by all. We look forward to going back one day and know that a visit to McCue's will be a part of our visits to Kearney in the future. ⁣
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@visitnebraska @visitkearney
  • A rite of passage...⁣
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The Swinging Bridge in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, has thrilled residents and visitors alike for decades. When it was originally built in 1929, it was the only way to cross from one side of Bird Creek to the other. Today, there are other bridges, but the beloved swinging bridge still spans the creek and dares folks to cross.⁣
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Long-time residents will tell stories of rieding their bikes across it when they were kids--and it should be noted that back then it didn't have the chain link side guards.⁣
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No visit to Pawhuska is complete until you've tried The Pioneer Woman's chicken fried steak AND crossed the swinging bridge. Go ahead and try...we dare you!⁣
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@TravelOK @VisitTheOsage
  • While looking for a coffee shop in @visitkearney, we stumbled into a really cool store. @elevate.people is a locally owned business specializing in both leather goods and in helping people around the world build better lives for themselves. ⁣
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All of the leather goods for sale here are handmade by people in third world countries. Elevate, it turns out, is a non-profit that gives local artisans small, low interest loans to get started in the leather making business. When loans are repaid, the money is loaned out to another craftsperson so they can get started. Meanwhile, Elevate provides access to a market to sell the goods produced so the worker continues to be supported. They also have an online store.⁣
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We have purchased several items from Elevate, and have loved all of them.⁣
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@visitnebraska
  • After a day of tests and appointments at the Mayo Clinic, this was a perfect place to relax and unwind.⁣
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We were treated to a complimentary stay at the brand new Hilton in downtown @minnesotas_rochester. Located near the Mayo Clinic, it's an incredibly beautiful hotel with nothing but the best amenities and top-notch service. One of our favorite places in the hotel is the hot tub in the pool area. How can it not be? Look at this place. And yes, it's as relaxing as it looks, especially at sunset. ⁣
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The room in this new luxury hotel are just as nice. We enjoyed it so much that we changed our travel plans and booked a second night on our own dime. It's our new go-to hotel in Rochester, Minnesota.⁣
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@minnesotas_rochester @exploreminnesota @hiltonhotels
  • Our hosted food tour in @visitkansascityks began with a bar-b-que spread from several local restaurants. Needless to say, we had to sample a little bit of everything because it was for science. We enjoyed ribs, smoked sausage, brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, burnt ends, rice, beans, and even warm potato casserole. ⁣
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If you love bar-b-que, head to KCK. Trust us, you'll love it. Just wear your stretchy pants.

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