Sherman tree at Sequoia National Park

A guest post from Ann’s brother about his unplanned stop Sequoia National Park

This is a guest post, written by Ann’s younger brother, Robert Shrewsbury. Robb and his family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By Robert Shrewsbury On a recent business trip to Fresno, California, I had a meeting canceled and found myself with some extra time. I discovered that Sequoia National Park was about an hour away so […]

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April Fool's blog post

Our crazy flight from Miami to Houston blog post: How we did it!

Last week, we shared THIS POST about a horrible flight Ann and I had from Miami to Houston. If you have not read it, click on the link and check it out. I’ll wait. . . . OK, now that you’re back, you realize that the whole thing was a hoax! But if you’re like […]

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postcard jar blogiversary 4

At least for us, blogging is more about relationships and not just the numbers

This week marks the fourth year of our travel blog, Postcard Jar, and we can’t thank you enough for following along on our journeys. Since we wrote that very first blog post from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, we’ve been collecting all kids of data and analytics to gauge the success of our blog. […]

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Our first wonder of the world: Chichén Itzá

It may surprise you that despite spending most of my career as a public school administrator, I was actually an anthropology major in college. Yes, that’s right, I majored in anthropology and am not ashamed to admit that I’m an archaeology geek. I loved the semesters I spent studying the Mesoamerican cultures and their histories. So, when […]

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Carnival Cruises Valor

Five things that made our first-ever Carnival Cruise so much fun

When you quit your job after 21 years, the first thing you want to do is get away and have fun. That’s why the morning after my last day as a middle school principal, we were in the car headed south to the Port of Galveston for our first-ever Carnival Cruise. While we are big […]

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5 things to do in Omaha when it's freezing by Postcard Jar travel blog

5 things to do in Omaha when it’s freezing

We planned an overnight trip to Omaha recently on what turned out to be one of those bone-chilling cold days we have here in the Midwest. The forecast called for snow showers, 30-mile-an-hour winds, and temperatures dropping to below zero that night. Instead of cancelling the trip, we made a bold decision and decided to […]

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Where we’re headed in 2018

Some people make resolutions on New Year’s Day. Not us. We make reservations. It has become a bit of a tradition for us to sit in bed on New Year’s morning, sip mimosas and finalize vacation plans for the year. The best part of the day is when I get to click the, “complete booking” […]

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Postcard Jar's Best of 2017 Part 2

Best of 2017 [part 2]: Our pics for best food, museums, views, and experiences

In Best of 2017 [part 1] we posted our picks for best attraction, show, new place, and people. Today, we’re back to share some of the best food, museums, views, and experiences from our year in travel. Best food – Chicken fried steak at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (Pawhuska, Oklahoma) Chicken fried steak is a […]

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Postcard Jar's Best of 2017 Part 1

Best of 2017 [part 1]: Our picks for best attraction, show, new place, and people

It is -6 degrees today where we live in Crete, Nebraska. Church was cancelled. We’re still in our jammies. And we’re not going outside. Instead, we’re pouring a second cup of coffee, cranking the heat up, and reminiscing about some of our favorite travel experiences from 2017. So, snuggle up in a blanket, grab a […]

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A parade, The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, and Pawhuska at Christmastime

Just after Thanksgiving, I received a text message from the Pawhuska (OK) Chamber of Commerce that said, “Kind of kidding, but if you Steve want to be in Pawhuska the first weekend in December, I have two judging spots left for the parade. We just miss you all!” It had been several weeks since we’d […]

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