We are excited to announce that we’ve been asked to speak at what is sure to be an incredible ecotourism symposium in April called Plains Safaris. That’s right Plains Safaris.

Nebraska Sandhills

A view of the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska.

If you’ve followed our blog for any time at all, you know that we live in a small, rural community in southeast Nebraska and we absolutely love our state! There is something special about watching the sun rise over the Nebraska Sandhills, studying the ancient fossils of long-extinct animals, and hearing tens of thousands of Sandhill cranes descend on the Platte River at dusk. There is so much to see and do on the Plains of Nebraska and we’re happy to do our part to tell more people all about it.

Sandhill crane migration, Nebraska, screenshot

A slide from our presentation talking about the sandhill crane migration.

We will be speaking about Social Media in Tourism and learning from other speakers like award-winning photographers Joel Sartore and Michael Forsberg, as well as traveler Dean Jacobs. In addition, we’ll hear from Rebecca Herrera-Schlicting who is working to spread ecotourism ideas to Indian tribes across the Plains.

Plains Safaris is open to anyone and we hope you’ll join us in Kearney, Nebraska, April 18-20 for this incredible event! The conference will also include a panel of other travel writers, including Melody PittmanMegan Bannister, and Sara Broers, along with Lisa & Tim Trudell.

Plains safaris

Plains safaris

Registration is $125 and the deadline is April 1, so if you’re interested, don’t delay signing up. You can register HERE. In addition to the slate of insightful speakers, the conference also includes hands-on opportunities to see and learn about ecotourism destinations and attractions during a series of optional pre-conference field trips and workshops including a Harlan County prairie dog tour, a guided bike tour in and around Kearney, and a workshop about integrating star gazing into nature tourism.

I could watch the prairie dogs at the Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge for hours.

I could watch the prairie dogs at the Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge for hours.

We signed up for the agritourism progressive meal where we’ll visit two Nebraska breweries and a winery. Each stop will include a tasting and food, a tour of the facilities, Q&As with the owners, and discussions about agritourism ideas and strategies. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Of course, we’ll be writing more about the Plains Safaris conference later on, but we if you can make it, we’d love to see you there as we learn more about the incredible destinations and attractions on the Great Plains of Nebraska.


For more information about Plains Safaris, visit their website at https://www.unl.edu/plains/2018-ecotourism-symposium

Conference co-hosts include The Center for Great Plains Studies College of Arts and Sciences, Visit Nebraska, and Heartland Byways in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Arts and Sciences.

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It began with a crust made from artisan wheat flour. Baked in a wood-fire oven, the thin crust was crispy and chewy in all the right ways. The toppings were fresh and flavorful.⁣
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Every time we see this picture, we just sigh and remember that glorious evening, sitting in the square of a small town, and the way the flavors of this pizza danced in our mouths.
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When we think of why we love cruising so much, images like this come to mind. And really how can you not love a view like this one?
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We had the chance to eat at El Pollo Rey on a hosted foodie trip to @visitkansascityks. Put this restaurant on your list of places to go on your next visit to KC. But go early as the line could be long.
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This landmark needs no introduction. We stopped here during a cruise and grabbed this photo. And while the tower and it's history are interesting, we really enjoyed the tour of the area. ⁣
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We love cooking our own cranberries, and hearing the sound as they pop open while cooking. It's a sound that takes us back to childhood, back to good memories of holidays spent with family. ⁣
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Do you make your own cranberry jelly for your family get-together?
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Offering just three menu items, a whole chicken, a half chicken, and chicken wings, this restaurant's chicken is the stuff dreams are made of. Don't take our word for it...ask the folks lined up out the door who are willing to wait an hour for this tasty treat.⁣
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Served with tortillas (fresh made across the street), rice, beans, and pickled onion, one bite of this meal will have you going back for more. We loved our complimentary visit.
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We wrote a new blog post all about the best places to eat and drink in KCK with mouth watering photos of all of them. ⁣
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Just click on the link in our bio to read it and let us know which places you'd like to try most.

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