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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Omaha, NE Really... Travel Preview

I have been asked by a few people as to why on earth I am heading out to Omaha Nebraska for my little weekend getaway next week.  Nebraska, of all places, how boring can a state get right?  That is how I have always thought about Nebraska.  One of those states you drive through at night to get to more exciting places like Wyoming and Yellowstone, because to do so during the day is to cause a snoozefest.  As a traveler I am always on the lookout for out of the way places, areas that most people look at you and shake their heads at.  Trying to find the hidden gems of the United States.  Omaha Nebraska might be one of those gems, or it could be the snoozefest that everybody thinks it is.  Either way read on if you want to know why I decided to take a few days to check this state out.

My first reasoning for going to Omaha was honestly distance.  It is about 5 hours away from me AND (important to me) I had never spent much time in Nebraska.  I could not count it as one of my states because of that.  I had heard of Mutual Of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, the old tv show from when I was a kid, and I had mistakenly thought that it had something to do with a zoo in some way.  So I actually looked up Mutual of Omaha Zoo and found out about the Omaha Zoo that way.  I LOVE zoos so I began to plan my trip around the zoo.

After doing some more research I found out that at one point the Omaha Zoo had the largest indoor rainforest in America called Lied Jungle and then I also found out that it had the largest indoor desert with their Desert Dome exhibit, a Wildlife Safari Park, and an aquarium, so I was hooked.  The zoo will be my first stop when I go to Omaha and I am looking forward to it.  Oh it also got #8 in America's Best Online, best zoos in the U.S.

Upon further research(I enjoy researching things, can you tell?  haha) I found out that Omaha also has the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states over the Missouri River.  I am hoping to walk it and take some pictures.   Lauritzen Gardens is a botanical garden that I would like to check out.  I'm hoping that it will have some pretty, spring flowers.  The last thing that I would like to do is to walk around the Old Market area of Omaha for shopping and to get a good vib from the city and of course order a Omaha steak before I leave.  Yummm!

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  1. A little family history! Your great great grandmother Emma Rethmeier Schwemm had an older brother Henry. He left Barrington in the 1880's, married and settled in Kearny NE where he was a successful builder.

    Emma Schwemm was the mother of Florence Pahlke, Aunt Mabel's mother.

    So, you are connected to Nebraska!

    Have a great time

    1. Well how cool is that. I did not know that. I wonder if we have any relatives still hanging out in that area? Awesome! Thanks for letting me know the story.