After spending a lot of time at home the past few months, dealing with the diagnosis of a chronic illness, we decided it would do us both good to get away for a few days … so we’re on the road again.

Because I am still not feeling especially well, we decided to stay somewhat close to home and explore Nebraska. I’ve traveled the state quite a bit with our daughter, Meg, but Steve hasn’t seen as much of the Cornhusker state and was eager to explore Western Nebraska, The Sandhills, and some unique geological formations.

Our plan is to spend a couple nights in North Platte, NE, along the I-80 corridor and then venture west. We’re not exactly sure where our road trip will take us this time around, but we’re excited to get away and truly experience all “The Good Life” has to offer.

  • Who's ready for some pumpkin pie??⁣
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The thought of digging in to a piece of pumpkin pie (served with a cup of coffee with pumpkin spice creamer) takes us back to a small town festival we love. ⁣
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A few years ago, our town of Crete, Nebraska, began holding the Great Pumpkin Festival during the first weekend of October.⁣
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From spring to fall, local volunteers tend gardens filled with pumpkin vines so that folks who come to the festival can take home a reasonably priced, locally-grown pumpkin. ⁣
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The festival is full of games, food, performances and fun. It's a wholesome day where the town turns out to celebrate another year together in a relaxed, calm atmosphere.⁣
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Does your town have a festival? Tell us about it in the comments below.
  • ***NEW BLOG POST *** Today is exactly 8 months since we started our weight loss journey using the @noom app. See how we’ve lost 126.3 pounds while traveling. Just click on the link to our blog that’s in our bio to read our answers to your most asked questions about weight loss. And click to the second photo here to see our “before” pic.
  • Just outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, at the edge of a farmer's field, you'll find this giant replica pair of Buddy Holly's glasses. They mark the start of the trail that will take you to the site of the plane crash that killed Holly, along Ritchie Valens, JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson and their pilot, Roger Peterson.⁣
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On a cold February night, after playing a concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, the three popular musicians boarded a plane bound for their next concert stop in North Dakota. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Mason City, Iowa, airport. ⁣
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Sixty years later, people still come from all over the world to find the glasses, and walk the half mile or so into the field to the location where the plane was found. The incident has been remembered through history and a song by Don McLean as, "The Day the Music Died."
  • Visiting Europe, we've been wowed by things we thought were old. Castles from the year 1200, Roman ruins dating back to the time of Christ. ⁣
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With the help of our driver from @chirtongrange we explored Stonehenge in England. Construction started more than 5,000 years ago and continued for about 1,500 years. And whoever built it brought the stones used from about 180 miles away!⁣
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What they created was a monument aligned with the sun's annual movement. But for all of our knowledge of Stonehenge today, no one knows exactly who built it or why. Which is incredibly frustrating if you think about it. For 1,500 years, everyone knew the answers to these questions. Then, that knowledge went away. We can only imagine the answers.
  • **GIVEAWAY!** To say THANK YOU for following along on our journey, each of us is giving away a prize pack containing our favorite travel accessories! ⁣
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Steve's prize pick is the blue @eaglecreek Pack-It starter set. It includes the garment folder he's always raving about and a small and medium cube.⁣
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Ann's prize pick is an @eaglecreek cinch organizer (she takes it everywhere) and a @travelonbags tech accessory organizer.⁣
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Here's how to enter: ⁣
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1. Follow @postcardjar on Instagram.⁣
2. Like this photo (and any others you wish).⁣
3. Tag 2 travel buddies in the comments who you think would be legitimately interested in our IG feed. ⁣
4. For a bonus entry, share this post on your IG stories and tag us! ⁣
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This giveaway is NOT sponsored. We purchased all of these item ourselves at @thecontainerstore and just wanted to say THANK YOU for following along on our journey. ⁣
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Rules:⁣
No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years or older to enter. US residents only. Giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Giveaway will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Good luck!
  • Our first (of four) holiday gift giving guides is up on the blog! Click on the link in our bio to see gift ideas for the ROAD TRIPPER on your shopping list. Most of the gifts are items we’ve tested, use, and love. Add your gift ideas for ROAD TRIPPERS in the comments below.
  • We’ve been to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, more than a dozen times in the past five years. In fact, we started our blog, Postcard Jar, from there in 2014, just before Ann was diagnosed with a chronic disease called cardiac sarcoidosis. Typically, our trips to Rochester are short and we go straight to the clinic for appointments and then come home. This fall, however, we decided to spend a few extra days to experience Minnesota’s Rochester a little bit more. If your travel schedule allows, we’d encourage you to do the same. We gave a NEW BLOG POST about our most recent visit to @minnesotas_rochester. The link is in our bio.
  • When we toured the Prosecco region with @italyunfiltered, we stopped for dinner at a local pizzaria. We didn't know it when we sat down, but we were about to try the best pizza we'd ever had anywhere.⁣
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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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