Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Field Trip - Nebraska

My first trip to Nebraska started with a connecting flight through DFW on American Airlines.  The weather was fairly pleasant when I arrived in the afternoon.  Hotels were hard to come by in Omaha so we stayed across the border in Iowa.  It reminds me of the boundaries in Rhode Island where within a blink of an eye, you are in another state.
The Hampton Inn in Iowa was connected to a river casino and the room had a view of the river.  Being use to Las Vegas buffets, the cost of the casino buffet was pretty steep.
The next stop was Lincoln and a meet up with the local cops.  Crime is very low with only 5 murders a year.  The town center was very green and clean.  
The Embassy Suites in Lincoln was right in the down town area and had a great water fall with an indoor creek and gold fish.
There was some rain as the drive due east on I-80 to North Platte for some additional interviews and a stop over further east in Sterling to pick up an interview that was missed on the last field trip to Colorado.  There was alot of time in the car as the countryside was flat and green.  We saw this bridge type deal but we didn't stop.
Dinner at the Whiskey Creek was delicious with a huge grill.  I had the prime rib special and it was almost as good as my Dad's preparation.  For dessert, they had a great s'more at the table which was pretty fun.
Right around the corner was a free museum devoted to Buffalo Bill.  He definitely was a buffalo killer.
As the week neared an end, the trek back to Omaha commenced with more time in the car.  It takes about a day to traverse the entire state.  We visited downtown and ate at the Rock Bottom Brewery where I had a lunch special of seafood quesadillas with a side of mac n cheese. 
Outside the restaurant was a yarn bombing which I thought was awesome.
A visit to the Union Pacific headquarters was interesting and I picked up a couple of kitchen pot holders in their store.  Looking at the building, training rooms and cafeteria, UP is definitely earning a profit.
Another stay at the original Hampton Inn and another buffet dinner rounded out the tiring trip before heading back home.

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