A day on I-80

Trip Start Aug 15, 2013
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 15 - August 29, 2013

Today was all about I-80. About 600 miles and 10 hours.The first few hours were in Wyoming and then we crossed into Nebraska. Nothing against either state, but the landscape along this route is boooring! Somehow we occupied ourselves and the time passed by pretty painlessly. (Lost an hour when we crossed into the central time zone.) But poor Ron, he is allergic to the prairie!! He had several allergy attacks on the way out and in Yellowstone but today seemed to be the worst of it. The cornfields of Nebraska brought some relief (as did Claritin and Zertec) and hopefully from here on it will be much better.

This afternoon I exchanged texts with our friend and neighbor Carolyn, who grew up in Fremont, NE. She quizzed us on some Nebraska trivia. Here are a few fun facts we learned:
1. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska. It was the idea of James Sterling Morton and the first one was held on April 10, 1872. Over a million trees were planted in the state that day. (Date and number of trees courtesy of Wikipedia.)
2. Three well-known actors who won Academy awards are from Nebraska. They are: Henry Fonda, Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando. (Prior to today the only famous Nebraskan I knew of was Johnny Carson.)
3. When Memorial Stadium at University of Nebraska is full on game days it becomes the third most populous "city" in the state.
4. The ratio of cattle & pigs to people in Nebraska is about 15:1.
5. Multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffet is from Nebraska and used to play bridge with Carolyn's grandmother!

I have attached three photos that our friend Rudi (from Germany) e-mailed to us today. Two are group shots of our families--one was taken by Rudi and the other by his daughter Natalie so everyone could be represented. :) The third photo is of Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most famous and beautiful hot springs in Yellowstone. We never got to see it; he shared this photo so we can pretend we did! To reciprocate, we sent him a photo of the black bear we saw!

Arrived at Victorian Acres RV Park in Nebraska City at 9:30 pm.

Quote of the day--
Carolyn via text, regarding the flatness of Nebraska: "My hometown is so flat they actually created a man made hill so kids could sled in the winter!"

Subway for lunch.
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Carolyn Cornhusker on

Yeah baby! Flat is the new black! Go Huskers!

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