Well that was unexpected. Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska

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This week brought Gurdy to new and uncharted territory! At least for us anyways. We headed to Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska and boy was it hot! Luke and I were both super surprised by just how hot it was because we thought going up north away from Arkansas would equal…well ya know, not hot? Turns out that was an incorrect assumption. But nonetheless we made the best of it and had a fun time during our week here.

The Sunken Gardens- Lincoln

So I’ve kind of been on a garden kick lately, not sure if I’m missing having my own plant babies or what. This desire to look at and admire plants that are not mine brought us to The Sunken Gardens in Lincoln. Minus my face almost melting off and falling onto the road during the motorcycle ride there, it was just lovely. The entrance is this neato dome that looks like a forest,as you can see, and lets the light shine through just right. I always like to lay on the ground and look at domes. They’re just better that way. People may look at you but who cares, they’re the ones missing out on seeing the dome the right way.

Told you it was better to view laying down.

The Sunken Gardens was a depression era project built atop an abandoned dumpsite. It was renovated in 2003 after 73 years of wear and tear. The gardens host koi fish ponds, lots of scultures, and of course flowers, trees, and shrubs.

National Museum of Roller Skating

After the gardens we needed a little relief from the heat so we hightailed it over to the National Museum of Roller Skating. So cool! Seriously you would not believe how many roller skating sports existed that you never knew about. The Museum is located at the back of the USA National Roller Sports office so you’ll pass several cubicles and work stations before reaching the museum. Check out this cool old roller skating poster (below).

I love 50’s posters. “For Health’s sake- Roller Skate”

So, like I said, the national offices for roller skating are right next door to this museum, so I’m sure they were pleased when we put a quarter into the old Roller Skating “jukebox?” (not really sure what to call it) and it played music that would’ve been heard at the rink in the early 1900’s. The lovely song lasted at least 4 minutes haha… oops.

Roller skates throughout the decades
This was a traveling roller rink, quess where it is in this photo? Little Rock, AR! How cool.
May I present to you, the Cowboy boot skate.

Turns out you can also teach animals to roller skate?! Horses, bears, elephants, cows, monkeys, birds. Look at them go!

Roller skating animals throughout the years.

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

Luke was very excited about this stop in Nebraska. The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace museum that features Cold War era planes and jets. We dawned our masks for the indoor excursion and loved the up close views of these massive planes.

“War Weary”
The first dogs to go to space!
Fallout Shelter exhibit, Cold War era
Fallout Shelter exhibit, Cold War era

Kasumi Sushi

Since Covid struck, it has been entirely too long since we had delicious sushi. A small problem, I know, but a downer nonetheless. We headed to downtown Lincoln for Kasumi Sushi’s all-you-can-eat lunch. I’ll have to say this felt a bit classier than the usual all-you-can-eat meal. The service was super slow but the waiter was so stinking nice I couldn’t be upset (he was this cute little old man that would say “you got it buddy” every time we asked for anything.)

So it might look a little unusual but trust me on this, the pork buns at kasumi are perfect. Tender pork, soft bun, delicious teriyaki sauce. Ignore the pink of the bread, I promise it just tastes like a soft bun.

Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska

Iron Horse Park
We made attempts to visit the Telephone Museum but no such luck 🙁 it’s still closed until further notice.

The Alpine Inn-Omaha, Nebraska

This was literally my very favorite thing we did in Nebraska, and quite possibly Luke’s too. Why you ask? When you dine at the Alpine Inn, you are not alone, you’re in the presence of many glorious raccoons (AKA trash pandas). Now of course the raccoons aren’t inside with you but one side of the dining room has large glass windows for viewing. We got the best seat in the house, right by the raccoons food bowl. They. were. adorable.

The Alpine Inn is always well known for their fried chicken and I’ll have to say it’s pretty good. It’s a cheap dive bar with fried chicken and raccoons right outside your window. I love it.

The Old Market- Omaha

We arrived in The Old Market neighborhood hoping to check out a cool arcade, Hollywood Pinball and Arcade Museum. Unfortunately it was not open yet but the giant candy store and antique shop were! So we made the best of things and then got some ice cream just down the street at Dolci.

And with that, it’s time we hit the road again my friends. I hope you have an excellent week and tune in next week for our next state’s adventures, Wyoming! We always love to hear your suggestions and comments for what to do in an area.

Last week’s post here.

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  1. Yvonne says:

    I’ve never been to Nebraska but it’s on my list! Y’all have fun and travel safely!

    1. lillardkelsey says:

      You must go see the raccoons 😉!

  2. Work Wife says:

    2. Speaking of you missing your garden…I made a blackberry cobbler and it just wasn’t the same without your home grown blackberries. Womp, womp.

    1. lillardkelsey says:

      Dawww thank you work wife I’ll have to bring you a gallon bag next time (😉🤣) ❤️ and yah girl roller skating museum was cute!

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