Day 7: Lincoln, NE

Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
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Trip End Jul 29, 2010


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National Quilters Study and Museum
Stauffer's Cafe and Pies

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Today we are in Nebraska, home of Arbor Day, apparently (according to the welcome sign we passed at midnight on the side of the highway). Specifically, we began the day in Lincoln.  We ate the continental breakfast at the hotel and then went straight over to the National Quilt Study and Museum, on the University of Nebraska campus, arriving shortly after it opened.   We spent the next few hours exploring quilts from all over southern Asia, recreated American quilts, and an interactive online quilt site with thousands of patterns, quilters, and colors.  The museum was wonderfully done with a true intentional spirit and a clear goal to create an interesting, exciting, inspirational, and academic site for quilting novices, experts, and fans.  When we left there was a curators' talk being held in a conference room; there must have been thirty-plus people in attendance; granted, most were little white-haired ladies, but still a good crowd for a random Tuesday morning.

Following the Quilt Museum, we took the recommendation of my friend Emily who attended graduate school here in Lincoln for the past two years, and went to Stauffer’s Café and Pies.  We were both impressed with the extensive list of pies prominently displayed by the door.  The food was nothing to scoff at though, we would have been totally fine with just our meals, but we couldn’t not get pie.  In fact, we couldn’t even not get more than one piece of pie…so we got six.  We tried them all and decided on one to eat there -- the gooseberry pie, al a mode -- and had the rest packed up to take with us.  This was so worth the stop! Thanks Em!

NOTE: We weren’t the only ones who couldn’t turn down the pie. Two men in the booth behind us had the following adorable conversation that would probably only ever be heard in a mid-western town like this:

Waitress: "Do you want any pie today?"
Man 1: “Hmm, well… I might be tempted.”

Man 2: “Hmm, well, then, I’ll have to be sociable, I suppose.”  They both settled on a piece of pie and seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Some curious sights/musings from the road:

1.) All throughout South Dakota, there are yield signs where we Easterners are used to having 4-way stop signs.  Apparently, the Dakotans are polite and civilized enough to take turns carefully without a mandatory, law-enforced sign to ensure fair turn taking.

2.) In Nebraska particularly, we noticed “What to do in case of tornado” signs everywhere. They are in the bathrooms of every restaurant, museum, and hotel.  Meanwhile, we’re still trying to get a straight answer about what to do if you’re in a car because one site told us to stay in the car and another told us to get out an lie in ditch with our hands over our heads.  At the hotel, it was reassuring to learn from the guest information book that the personnel at the hotel would activate
the hotel fire alarm if the sirens went off in town, and then would make
every effort to wake us by phone or door-to-door.  We were told that first floor guests should go into their bathrooms and be prepared to admit guests from upper floors.

3).  The highways in Iowa are noisy. Really, there is a loud whirring noise as you drive over them that eventually fades into the background but when it finally stops, you are stunned that you haven’t gone deaf listening to it for the past however long you’ve been driving. 

4.) While driving through Indiana, we saw a little biplane doing some passes above us.  As it came in for a landing, directly over the highway, there was a very odd smell from the visible exhaust, kind of like mothballs.  I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this, but it was weird. We can only assume that there was little landing strip right next to the highway behind a clump of trees, otherwise, the smell might have been from the plane smoking and crashing (but we’re pretty sure it didn’t).

5.) Iowa has made quite an investment in the Rest Stops along I-80.  All of them offer free wireless Internet and are fully non-smoking.  We were particular grateful for the wireless Internet, when we pulled over on the side of the road at 11pm last night to try and find a hotel room in Lincoln for a few hours later.


More pictures of Days 7 & 8 at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=192683&id=837899636&l=7aa16c6b18
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verncrawford
verncrawford on

Sarah,

You guys are up mighty late to be posting this now... guess I'm up late too, but I had to check one last time to see if you had posted about your daily adventures yet, before I retired for the night.

Sleep tight,
Don't let the bed-bugs bite,
Hugs,
Opa... ZZZzzzzzs for Zs

verncrawford
verncrawford on

P.S. Since you are actually in Nebraska, you just might want to check out "Harold Warp's Pioneer Village Museum in Minden, Nebraska. It is truly a mind blower, a one of its kind collection of just about everything you can imagine that was made and used between 1830 and 1960! I'll never forget my visit some 40 years ago, long before I met Oma.

More hugs,
Opa

Grandpa on

I noticed that you were just north of St Joseph Mo. My factory was in Hiawatha ks 40 miles from St Jo which by the, is the starting point for the wagon trains starting west. It is also the area where Jesse James the outlaw spent some time.
Your trip is amazing and a fascinating read. Keep up the goodcwork
Love
Grandpa

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