01Mar22: Wake up, Andrew! It’s a special day!

Wake up, Andrew! It’s a special day!

Yes, it’s Nebraska’s 155th birthday…and…the crane migration is on through the Central Flyway!

They’re birds, Andy. BIG birds. You like birds, eh?! Yummy, BIG birds?

Well, folks, I guess Andy will miss the crane migration again this year.

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Andy and I are native Nebraskans. We are proud to be that! Nebraska is a jewel in the middle of the United States, a so-called “flyover state” because most Americans think the state is flat and featureless. That misconception comes from I-80, the Interstate highway through Nebraska, which follows the Platte River floodplain. You know, the flattest route through the state! This video starts out on my end of the state. “Flat”! LOL!

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Here’s a lot more information on Nebraska, more than you probably want to know! Of course, if you do want to read this, you will find Nebraska is more than flatlands in the middle of the USA.

Nebraska – Wikipedia

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My hometown, Alliance, is a quirky place and features one of the quirkiest roadside attractions you’ll find in the USA, Carhenge.

CARHENGE – The Nebraska Answer to Stonehenge

You’all come!

 

29 thoughts on “01Mar22: Wake up, Andrew! It’s a special day!

  1. We have never had the pleasure of being in Nebraska but from what I’ve read it is a diverse state and similar to BC in the fact of 2 different climates. The lower mainland here is mild and it only snows during freak weather conditions. Here in the northern interior it snows through to April. Then everyone is delighted to see signs of Spring. It is true we northerners appreciate the coming of Spring more because of the winter conditions.

  2. I am one of those who has only seen Nebraska from I-80. Rick and I used to travel west and back every year when we were living in Connecticut, and generally took I-80. We played music in North Platte one year, many years ago.

  3. Have a wonderful celebrating. The term fly over country only holds until you get off the Interstate, and enjoy what each locality has to offer. Maybe Andy will like to watch some CatTV of the cranes?

  4. I actually think Nebraska is beautiful! And I speak as a native Californian! I take high umbrage when one of my fellow West Coasters sneer about “flyover country”—most of them don’t know what they’re talking about, as they’ve never lived anywhere else, nor have they considered visiting the prairie states. But I miss seeing the vast sky change during the summer, when a thunderstorm gathers and lightning strikes the horizon. (Mind you, I enjoy this best when the storm is miles away from me.) I also miss seeing the wildlife around the Platte River, not only the birds in migration but antelope, deer, and one time, buffalo, which weren’t really wild but were owned by some ranch that sold buffalo burgers! I also had the pleasure of visiting Willa Cather’s childhood home in Red Cloud. My kids were terribly bored, but they were good sports about letting Mom thrill over seeing the house of one of her favorite authors. So I wish Nebraska a happy birthday, and hope that someday I might visit again. Though I’m sure Andy is glad not to venture out into the cold and damp now!

    • Wow! the Nebraska Tourism people could use you! You captured several of the things I love about my state. Being caught in one of those thunderstorms makes me appreciative I didn’t have to endure it in a covered wagon! Willa Cather is one of my favorites, too, as is another Nebraska author, Marie Sandoz.

  5. happy birthday to your beautiful state!!! how great that your are natives… sadly none of us is native breton you had to be there before queen anne, but we try to be bretons by heart ;O)

    • One time, I helped with the vintage in Hunawihr, south of RibeauvillĂ©, in Alsace. One fellow was a Breton. He had a handsome Brittany spaniel, which he proudly proclaimed “…is a Breton, too!” I regret I didn’t get to Brittany when I was in France in the early 1970s. As for you being natives of Brittany, home, as they say, is where the heart is!

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