Nebraska’s Nicest Nine

A couple years ago, Steve and I took off on a 6-day journey to find out for ourselves if our home state lives up to its then new slogan, “Nebraska Nice.” We wrote about some of the nicest things we saw — calling them  our 2014 “Nebraska’s Nicest Nine.”  The list was compiled from the places […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest Nine Recap

Earlier this summer, Steve and I took off on a 6-day journey to find out for ourselves if our home state lives up to its new slogan, “Nebraska Nice.” We wrote about some of the nicest things we saw — calling them  our 2014 “Nebraska’s Nicest Nine.”  The list was compiled from the places we traveled […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #1 – Innkeeper Jeanne Goetzinger

I met Jeanne Goetzinger several years ago, when my daughter, Meghan, and I were exploring northwest Nebraska. We saw a lot of interesting things on that trip, but none was more memorable than the straight-talking, curly-haired woman who greeted us in the parking lot of the historic Olde Main Street Inn and encouraged us to step up […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #2 – Toadstool Geologic Park

Ann insisted we go to Toadstool Geologic Park on our Nebraska trip because it was such an incredible and unique place.  As we rounded the bend into Crawford, Ann reminded me that we had a 19-mile ride on a bumpy road to get to Toadstool.  I decided then and there that it would be best if […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #3 – Neon Bar and Grill

The Neon Bar and Grill, located in the Motel Raine in Valentine, Nebraska, makes #3 on our list.  Normally, we would not have expected to put a restaurant on our list, especially one located in a motel, but this trip around Nebraska made us learn to open our minds and expect the unexpected. If you […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #4 – Circle C in Cody

After driving past more than a dozen small towns in rural Nebraska, we knew there was something out of the ordinary when we approached Cody, population 155. Many of the towns we had passed on our week-long journey through the Sandhills and prairie seemed practically abadoned and struggling to survive. Not Cody. As we approached this […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #5 – Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Ashfall Fossil Beds is located somewhere along Robert Frost’s “Road Not Taken” outside of Royal, Nebraska (population 63).  The truth is the road to this place should be taken.  By everybody.  Ashfall, discovered under a cattle pasture, is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or likely will ever see. About 12 million years ago, some prehistoric animals […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #6 – A Kiss on the Butte

Can I tell you something personal?  I kissed my wife on the butte.  It’s okay, though, because there was no one around to see us, and the scenery was so beautiful, I just had to kiss her.  On the butte.  And she liked it.  I know that joke is a little juvenile, but I work […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #7 – Chimney Rock/Scottsbluff Monument

Any trip through western Nebraska should include a stop at Chimney Rock National Historic Site and the Scottsbluff National Monument in the Scottsbluff/Gering area.  I say this, because these are beautiful places with cool history.  These monuments are located along the Oregon Trail and were key landmarks for pioneers as they headed west seeking a better life. […]

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Nebraska’s Nicest #8 – Wildflowers & Prairie Grasses

Our list of Nebraska’s Nicest would  not be complete without a mention of the wildflowers and prairie grasses of Nebraska. Throughout our more than 1,200-mile journey across the state, we saw extraordinary displays of colorful flowers growing on the roadsides, near the bluffs, and across wide spans of fields.   We found ourselves continuously oohing and awing at […]

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