Postcards from the Johnstone family

Postcards from the Johnstone family

Ann’s brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Carrie, took their two sons, Nathan and Noah, on a driving adventure last summer. They headed out across northern Nebraska, through Valentine, and up into the Badlands of South Dakota. They wanted to take a trip that felt far from home without actually going that far, and they chose some neat destinations and made a lot of memories.

Nathan, Steve, Carrie and Noah at the iconic Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

The Badlands have some very cool geography, and are worth a visit if you ever find yourself in South Dakota. Stephen and Carrie sent us a really cool postcard that has a 3D effect which highlights the landforms found in that area.

From there, they headed west to Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills. It sounds like they had a great time while there.

They had one more stop in South Dakota before coming back to Nebraska: Wind Cave National Park. We have not been there, yet, but a little research about it makes me think that we need to put it on our list of places to go. The postcard they sent was based on a poster designed circa 1939!

Their final stop was at Scottsbluff National Monument, one of Ann’s and my favorite Nebraska locales. Scottsbluff was an important landmark for pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail, and is a wonderful stop for families driving west across Nebraska today.

Stephen, Carrie and their sons had a blast traveling as a family last summer–and they didn’t have to go too far from home. We can’t wait to see where they’re headed this summer!


Next time you’re traveling, send us a postcard. We’d love to hear from you. Mail to: Postcard Jar, PO Box 334, Crete, NE 68333.

Thanks, Jim and Kelly

Thanks, Jim and Kelly

Our friends and neighbors, Jim and Kelly, celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary this summer by traveling back to their original honeymoon destination — The Black Hills of South Dakota.

We were delighted that they would take time out of their anniversary trip to send us a postcard — and a fancy one, at that. When it arrived in our post office box, we quickly noticed something different about this one. The postcard featured photos the couple took on their vacation, and the note on back was personalized, but not hand-written. And, there was no stamp.

With little closer look (and a phone call from Kelly)  I realized they had used a phone app called Touchnote to design and send the postcard. With Touchnote, you just download the app on your mobile phone, upload some pictures, and plug in an address. Then, for $1.99, the postcard is mailed to the recipient. That’s it. Super easy to use and a great alternative to stopping at a gift shop, looking for a place to buy a stamp, and finding a post office or drop box.

It was great to see photos from Jim and Kelly’s return visit to Mount Rushmore and see the the progress of the Crazy Horse Memorial. They even explored two new places they’d never seen in western Nebraska — Chimney Rock and the infamous Carhenge. Kelly even shared a couple snapshots from their honeymoon back in 1981 when they visited Reptile Gardens, another Black Hills favorite.

Kelly and Jim on the giant tortoises at Reptile Gardens near Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1981.

Thanks again for sending us a postcard, Jim and Kelly, and congratulations on 34 years of marriage. We wish you many more years of great adventures together!

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