We have returned from our adventure in Nebraska. For those who don't know (and how could you not?) we're endeavoring to see something unique to or interesting in each of the 50 states. "What's interesting or unique about Nebraska?" you ask. Well, there are these guys:
That is a sandhill crane. Every year these lovely things leave their snowbird residences in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico and take off for Canada and Siberia. That's a pretty wide area at start and finish, but they all stop along a 60 mile or so stretch of the Platte River in Nebraska to bulk up for the second leg of the journey.
We stayed at the Oldfather Farm guesthouse near Kearney, NE. If you decide to make this trek yourself, I recommend staying at this place. They have friendly dogs and horses, the house is nice and has some pretty big windows so you can look at the cranes as they feed in the fields around it. Also, FYI, Kearney is home to the Museum of Nebraska Art. It's well worth a look if you're in the vicinity.
The Audubon Society's Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney has a blind along the Platte where you can go spend a couple hours watching the cranes come in to roost for the evening. You can also watch them leave in the morning if you want, but that sounded really early.
It started like this.
Then this happened.
And then it looked like this.
We also went to Missouri to spend a few days with Chandler's parents. While there we went to a Royals game that was won on a walkoff homerun by this guy.
I think he's got the best name in baseball. Anybody dare to disagree?
On Friday nights the Royals have post-game fireworks. It's a lot of fun to be with a happy and energetic crowd right after a win to watch some really good fireworks.
That's six down, 44 to go. Next up will probably be Oklahoma in May.