Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Relaxing in Flyover Country

Sometimes those of us who live in the beautiful Great Plains get the feeling that people of the coasts who think of us as “flyover country” think that we have nothing better to do with our leisure time than sit on our front porches in our rocking chairs watching the fireflies in the fading light of the setting sun. Now don’t get me wrong… there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the gorgeous outdoors of Nebraska relaxing at the end of a hard days’ work. However, we seldom get the time to.

Consider the events of the past month in the Nebraska Outback.

June started off with the Miss Nebraska Pageant where Nebraska’s own Miss America Teresa Scanlan presided over the contest that included the best and brightest of Nebraska’s young women competing in a gala event. I was only able to attend the final competition that saw Kayla Batt, Miss Omaha crowned as our 2011 Miss Nebraska.

That quickly rolled into the NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration, which included many more events than I was able to take in. I did manage to fit in the parade, several nights of rodeo, the Brad Paisley/Blake Shelton/Jarrod Neiman concert, and lunch with the Wild Bunch.

Also during June, we started our NRoute Entertainment Fort Cody Music Series where every Thursday night we host local openers and national touring singer/songwriters in a relaxed open-air evening performance.

The last week of June/first week of July was particularly busy in our household.

Friday June 24 – Brad Paisley Concert

Saturday June 25 – recover from the Brad Paisley Concert, give the Hinder tickets to the kids, road trip with friends to Lake McConaughy for a delicious steak dinner at Lakeside Marina

Sunday June 26 – Enjoy a day of catching up on housekeeping and laundry, welcome Couch Surfers from Pennsylvania

Monday June 27 – Welcome Couch Surfers from Massachusetts

Tuesday/Wednesday June 28 & 29 – clean house and get ready for House Concert

Thursday June 30 – host Dorian Michael House Concert

Friday July 1 – Spend the night in the Lincoln County Jail for RDAP fundraiser while The Mister Kayaks with friends, welcomes children home for the 4th of July and welcomes Couch Surfers from the east coast.

Saturday July 2 – Road trip through the Nebraska Sandhills with the kids, enjoy Foghat concert at the new UnReel Events music series in North Platte.

Sunday July 3 – Kayaking the North Platte River, first night of the Sutherland 4th of July Rodeo.

Monday July 4 – Kids games and frog races in the morning, community BBQ at noon, play Spike the Engineer for the Sutherland Parade, relax at the lake with friends, final night of the 4th of July Rodeo.

Tuesday July 5 – Head out to epic Nebraska road trip which brings us to the Two Rivers SRA outside of Omaha where I’m writing this on the deck of the refurbished Union Pacific Caboose that serves as our cabin for the next two days.

Whew… whoever said life is a slower pace in the Outback? Now you know why I think it's so funny when I hear the complaint "there's nothing to do here..."

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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