A few months ago, we got a sweet comment on our blog from a man who had read our post about 70+ Things to do in Crete, Nebraska (our hometown). He wrote,  “My newly discovered half-sister and I have planned a trip to Crete in June to explore our family roots. Your list of things to do in Crete is filled with good humor and practical advice!”

Things to do in Crete, Nebraska

We exchanged a few more messages and were delighted when we asked about how he found the post and he said, “Yes, I Googled “Things to Do in Crete, Nebraska,” and your blog popped up. I was charmed when I saw that Trip Advisor had offered you no responses to this same question. But as you demonstrate, there are many things to do in Crete!”

There are many things to do in Crete. In fact, there are at least 70. We kept in touch with Ben and he wrote again last week to say that he and his half-sister were planning a trip to Crete to explore their roots and would like to meet. We were so delighted to accept their invitation and asked them to stop by our place this week for coffee and a chance to check something else off their “things to do in Crete” list: #29 – eat a kolace.

#29 on our list of Things to do in Crete was eat a kolace.

It was so nice to finally meet Ben and his sister, Jackie (Jelinek) Eggers and hear their story. Ben, who had been adopted as an infant, grew up with wonderful parents and after their deaths, decided to look into identifying his biological family. Through a series of inquiries, ancestry websites, and eventually a DNA test, he found that he had a half-sister, Jackie. Ben contacted Jackie’s grown son and with his approval, contacted the sister he’d never known until last year.

The two siblings and their spouses and families have quickly developed wonderful relationships and their trip to Crete was a next step in their journey to better understanding their past. They visited the Benne Museum in Crete, drove to nearby Wilber to explore Czech heritage there, and found a granite memorial that we’d never even seen. The memorial was erected in 1929 in memory of the Bohemian pioneers who settled in Saline County, Nebraska.

Memorial to Bohemian pioneers near Crete, Nebraska

We had a lovely time with Ben and Jackie, discussing their family history and our hometown. And of course, we had kolace.

Kolace in Crete, Nebraska.




  • There is nothing quite like preparing a perfect dish in your own kitchen. Courtesy of @thechefandthedish, Ann prepared a traditional Spanish paella with Cyndi Kane, a.k.a. Ree Drummond's BFF Hyacinth. Sure, learning to make the dish was fun. Savoring the meal, and the friendship that went with it, was the best part of that great afternoon.
  • In the chilly, pre-dawn light of an early spring day on the Platte River in central Nebraska you can be sure of one thing: soon you'll witness one of nature's greatest spectacles, tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes taking to the air for a day of foraging for food. If you have never witnessed this incredible sight, you must make sure you @visitnebraska so you can experience this for yourself. @visitKearney
  • A good cocktail is an experience. Instead of just having a drink to throw back, we love savoring a well-crafted beverage. Something we love about @celebritycruise is that good cocktails are easy to find. We aren't huge drinkers. Instead, we are strong believers in quality over quantity.
  • Something that always impresses us is the sheer size of a cruise ship. The fact that something that large can move and float and provide great service never ceases to amaze. But one of our favorite views is when we're docked next to another ship, and walking down a pier suddenly feels like walking through a canyon.
  • Here's a bridal shower idea...we put bottles of flavored water, juices, and sparkling wine from @wholefoods and @traderjoes in a large drink bucket with ice. We then served the drinks in stemless flutes with a cute, colorful straw.
  • We've been to many different farms in our lives, but never to one quite like this. Our cruise ship excursion in Grand Cayman took us to an actual turtle farm. We had so much fun walking the grounds, looking at the various turtles and learning all about them. Have you ever been to a turtle farm?
  • We just love tea time on @celebritycruises. Every day there are new, delicious treats. Take this delectable morsel, for instance. One bite of pure deliciousness!
  • Who remembers begging your parents to buy you a bag of these when you were a kid? Well, at the Archway Monument in @visitkearney, you can buy them for yourself! We just love these smooth, colored rocks and all the great family travel memories seeing them brings back.

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