What do you do during the summer when you need to raise money for College? You open a Shaved Ice stand!

Take a beautiful Drive along the Republican River to Arapahoe and cruise into downtown. On the east side of Main Street you’ll find the SnoBiz Shaved Ice stand. Here you’ll meet a young, enterprising woman named Alayna. Her goal . . . earn money this summer for college.

With the help of here parents, they found a small concession trailer perfect for serving Shaved Ice. They serve a vast assortment of flavors, toppings and different sizes. They are open later in the afternoon and evenings.

What a great treat on a hot, humid summer Nebraska day!

Situated right in the middle of Nebraska, along the Platte River and I80 sits the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. The existence of the center is to maintain and protect the physical, hydrological, and biological integrity of the Big Bend area for the continual support of Whooping Cranes, Sandhill Cranes and many other migratory birds on the river.

The trust currently owns and manages approximately 10,000 acres, open to the public year round. This center is at the heart of Spring Migration for Sandhills Cranes, and offers public tours during this migration for a close up experience. The center manages several blinds and a few of these are reserved for overnight viewing, if you want to stay longer.

Take the walking path from the visitor center and you will find a viewing tower, and several viewing bridges along the way. Oh ya . . . The even have a herd of bison here!

This is an unexpected surprise right along the interstate, that many people may overlook.

Open 9 – 5 Monday thru Saturday (except holidays)

For migration season the hours differ. Please look online for their schedule.

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center


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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year in 2018. Get out and find a new trail, path, highway or small town you’ve not visited before. Enjoy the fresh air and simple beauty our state has to offer.


Summer is a great time of year in Nebraska. The corn is growing, everything is green and amazing Thunderstorms roll across the plains.

The result of these storms are some the best sunsets you’ll find anywhere. This was near Twin Lakes, west of Lincoln.



Smack in the middle of our great nation Is a state that requires
some explanation.
To east and west coasters who’ll come right out and ask ya’,
“Is there anything of interest in the State of Nebraska?”
It’s true we don’t have mountains all decked out in snow,
But we do have the world’s biggest live chicken show.
We’re the makers of Spam.
… We invented Kool-Aid, and this is where the first Reuben sandwich was made.
Our insect, the Honeybee. Our bird, the Meadowlark.
The strobe light, our creation, works best in the dark.
Governmentally speaking, we’re a freak of nature.
Since we have the only one-house state legislature.
On Arbor Day, when you plant a tree,
Remember that it started in Nebraska City.
We were once called a desert, but that name didn’t take,
Since we have the country’s largest underground lake.
We have the world’s largest forest planted by hand,
And more miles of rivers than any state in the land.
The College World Series calls Omaha “home,”
And yes, this is where the buffalo used to roam.
We were the first state in the nation to finish our Interstate section,
And the first to run two women in the gubernatorial election.
We invented 9-1-1 emergency communication,
And we’re the number one producer of center pivot irrigation.
Our woolly mammoth fossil is the largest ever found,
And our monumental “Carhenge” is certain to abound.
We have several museums that could be called odd,
Dedicated to Chevy’s, fur trading, roller skates and sod.
In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no woman wearing a hat, Can eat onions in
public. Imagine that!
We built the largest porch swing and indoor rain forest,
And anyone who visits is sure to adore us.
So pack up the kiddies, the pets and the wife,
And see why Nebraska is called “THE GOOD LIFE.”

The author is Curt Bright, from the band Stringbeans, and here is a link to their website. https://www.thestringbeans.com/

Even in the cold, February and March is a great time to get out and see Bald Eagles wintering in Nebraska. Several locations along the Missouri River are reporting eagles including locations near Gavin’s Point Dam by Yankton.

We have personally viewed eagles this last weekend (Feb. 20th – 22nd) at Johnson Lake near Lexington and several small lakes along I-80 near Grand Island.

Nothing cooler than watching these birds snatch a full size fish near the edge of the ice out on the lakes. Truly an awesome sight.

A few words of advice. . .

1. Show respect for the birds

  • Give them space ( view from a distance)
  • Do not hunt ( it is illegal, and also an American Treasure)
  • Show respect for private and public lands. (Ask for permission on private property)

Follow these simple rules for a great viewing experience!



Paul Revere Dick was born January 7, 1938 in Harvard, Nebraska and died October 4th, 2014 in his hometown of Garden Valley, Idaho. The band, Paul Revere & the Raiders began as an instrumental rock band led by organist and founder Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014).

In his early 20s, Revere owned several restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho and first met singer Mark Lindsay while picking up hamburger buns from the bakery where Lindsay worked. Lindsay joined Revere’s band in 1958. Originally called the Downbeats, they changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their first record release for Gardena Records. The band garnered their first hit in 1961, with the instrumental “Like, Long Hair”. When Revere was drafted for military service, he became a conscientious objector and worked as a cook at a mental institution for a year and a half of deferred service. During the same time period, Lindsay pumped gas in Wilsonville, Oregon.

By summer 1962, Revere and Lindsay were working together again in Oregon. Around this time, KISN DJ Roger Hart, who was producing teen dances, was looking for a band to hire. Hart had a casual conversation with a bank teller who told him about a band called “Paul Revere-something”. Hart obtained Revere’s phone number and they met for lunch. Hart hired the band for one of his teen dances. Soon afterward, Hart became the group’s personal manager.

Their first major national hit, “Just Like Me” (No. 11, 1965) was one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo, performed by guitarist Drake Levin. The band appeared regularly in the U.S. on national television, most notably on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, Happening ’68, and It’s Happening, the latter two co-hosted by Revere and Lindsay.

Their hits from the this period included “Kicks” (Billboard Pop Chart No. 4), “Hungry” (No. 6), “The Great Airplane Strike” (No. 20), “Good Thing” (No. 4), and “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” (No. 5). Of these, “Kicks” became their best-known song, an anti-drug message written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil that was originally earmarked for the Animals. In mid-1967, with three gold albums to their credit, the Raiders were Columbia’s top-selling rock group. Later, top 40 hits would include “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” and “Indian Reservation”.

On October 13, 2007, Paul Revere & the Raiders were officially inducted, along with their Manager Roger Hart, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. In attendance were Mark Lindsay, Phil “Fang” Volk, and Roger Hart to accept their awards. In 2010, the band was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Revere announced his retirement from the band in August 2014; the group plans to tour without him as “Paul Revere’s Raiders”.

In October 2014, the band’s web site announced that Revere had died “peacefully” on October 4, 2014, at his Garden Valley, Idaho home, a “small estate overlooking a tranquil river canyon”, after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
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Nestled along Interstate 80 in western Nebraska is a pleasant restaurant waiting for you to stop off at after a long (or short day) of driving. Buffalo Point Steakhouse and Grill. Even though part of the neon sign is burnt out, don’t be fooled. The interior of this steakhouse is very spacious and includes a life size Buffalo as a center piece, surrounded by Buffalo, Elk, & Pronghorn heads on the walls. The attached bar also provides ample space for a refreshing beverage.

Prices are reasonable and service is very friendly. You can get a good ribeye, sirloin, or even a buffalo steak here.

A stones throw to the west is Sidney’s pride & joy. . . Cabela’s. This is the flagship store of this now famous outdoors outfitter. It all started here.