Friday, July 06, 2007

Thru the Arches and over the road, to Omaha we go...

Lots of driving today, lots of driving through Wyoming and Nebraska. The land got flatter the further east we drove; more settled, more farms, more rivers and more traffic. Ugh. But the kids did fine for the eight hours of driving that we did today.

We made a stop in Kearny, Nebraska at the Great Platte Trail Stopover point thingy (I don't have the title in front of me right now...), a museum that arches over I80. It is a convergence point of several trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Overland - so the museum paid tribute to the families that pioneered through Nebraska. They had a tasty cafe there - we actually thought that maybe this cafe overlooked I80, but alas, once we got there we were informed that it was not the case. At that point Faye remembered maybe it was Chicago. Oops.

Tara drove the rest of the way to Omaha from Kearney, so I sat in the back with the kids to keep the peace while I read my Michener book - Centennial. Good stuff. Once we arrived at our hotel, we got changed, let the kids run around to let off some steam, and then went downtown. Very impressive. We at the Spaghetti Works Factory something - it was in a huge renovated machinery mill. Great decor, funny waiter, a balloon artist was delighting the kids, and the food was scrumptous. We all agreed that Ft. Wayne should redevelop some of their aging industrial buildings in the downtown area like what Omaha did.

Once back at the hotel, Tara had the rare privilege of taking the kids swimming while I played with Eli in the room and got the beds and stuff ready. Lucky her. Now the kids are sleeping (bedtime was about midnight), and we are planning on visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo in the morning. If we wake up at a reasonable time.

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