Fairfield Inn & Suites Omaha Downtown
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... demonstrations/experiences to see because it was not the weekend. They seem to run a limited experience programme during the weekdays, but still charge the same price. I guess the trade off was a very quiet zoo experience. After the zoo we had dinner at Cheesecake Factory. We both had salads and we shared a 30th birthday cheesecake. It was a reasonably warm day today, but it was pants weather so no shorts today. As we head south from tomorrow we will be getting back to hotter ...
... all trip we were grabbing for both pants and jerseys before we went out though. Omaha appears to be a city that overseas tourists generally don't come to. Both the rental car guy and the hotel receptionist questioned why we had come to Omaha, like they were surprised. In the case of the hotel I can understand because they appear to be used by a lot of long distance drivers (eg truckies). It's a fairly large and spread out city ...
... life, presidential years and a lot about his post-presidential activities. Visit West Branch, IA if you're ever in this region of the country.
The remainder of the afternoon included motoring 250 miles across the rolling cornfields of Iowa. It really is pretty farmland with strips of terraced fields including some large wind turbines - immense 3-bladed affairs, scattered across the fields and miles of highway.
Unfortunately, we were unable to view ...
... is magical.
Signs of Iowa/Home were all around: Hy-Vee Food Stores, Casey's General Stores, Menards, low speed limits and a surprising amount of Journey playing on the radio. Best of all, I knew I would see familiar faces at the end of the line: Karin and Brent and Kris and Tim and baby Marina were all waiting for me. While the businesses superficially designate a return to Iowa, it's those friends that meant Home. Solo travel can ...
... Yet she had made the decision to stay active, not slow down, and not let it overtake her health. And here she was now, age 90, not frail and bent over, but very active. What an inspiration! It just goes to show, sometimes health matters are a mind over matter. I WANT THAT, TOO!
Later in the morning we returned the rental car and waited for our plane to depart a couple of hours later. We had extra time in the terminal and ...