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August 2, 2015 / Christian M.

Farewell Maryland, Hello Nebraska! (Or, I Survived the Road Trip)

So I decided to drive my car from Baltimore to Omaha. My sister, Alyse, and my brother, Elijah were nice enough to drive with me. This is us at the start of the “adventure”:

Start of Trip 7-27-15

And what an adventure it was. We traveled over 1200 miles through 7 states in two days. Enduring blazing heat, smelly manure fumes, a hostel that accidentally gave away our room reservation, tense moments with thunder/lightning/torrential downpour, and very monotonous scenery (think trees, cornfields, windmills, repeat). But we survived, and it was kinda fun. So happy to be done, and I don’t plan on driving that route again anytime soon.

Indiana War Memorial Collage

Pit Stop in Indianapolis

Road Collage

The Road…and Sky

Once we arrived in Omaha, I had to keep my guests entertained for their brief visit. The moving company hasn’t delivered my stuff yet, and my cable/internet hasn’t been set up yet. So with no furniture/TV/internet, of course we had to go see the sights of Omaha! Here are some of the places we discovered:

Of course we had to find the local public library! We took a peek into the Dale Clark branch, which has really cool murals on the walls of their stairwell.

Omaha Public Library Collage

Dale Clark branch of Omaha Public Library.

The Missouri River runs nearby with Nebraska on one bank, and Iowa on the other. We explored some of the riverfront, visiting the Heartland of America Park (and found a few statutes along the way), and walking across the river on the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge into Council Bluffs, IA.

Labor Monument

Labor Monument

Heartland of America Park ...and more of the riverfront

Heartland of America Park …and more of the riverfront

Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge...standing on the border of Nebraska and Iowa

Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge…standing on the border of Nebraska and Iowa

We visited the Henry Doorly Zoo, which has some really nice indoor attractions (which is a definite plus on a hot summer day!). We especially enjoyed the Lied Jungle, and the Desert Dome.

Zoo Collage

We also learned that Omaha is the birthplace of Malcolm X. We went to visit the Malcolm X Memorial, but couldn’t get close because of some construction being done. Maybe another time…

Photos by Alyse Minter

Photos by Alyse Minter

The Bemis Contemporary Arts Center had an open house for the public to meet the resident artists, tour their studios and look at exhibits. There was a really cool exhibit by Brandon Ballengee called Collapse that was inspired by the Gulf Coast oil spill. I also enjoyed meeting some of the resident artists, and seeing what they have been working on. Bemis offers 3-month residencies that attract artists from across the world.

Bemis Center Collage

“Collapse” by Brandon Ballangee

So those are the highlights of my week — busy, exhausting, and fun! So glad Alyse and Elijah could join me for a few days. It made the transition a little easier, plus it’s always so much more fun to have someone else along when discovering a new place.

Tomorrow is my first day on the new job. More updates to come!

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  1. Evelyn N. Alfred / Aug 3 2015 4:56 pm

    Great pictures. Glad you made it safely.

  2. Monet / Aug 3 2015 6:54 pm

    I hope your first day at the new job went smoothly!

  3. Max / Aug 7 2015 4:01 pm

    Hey, this was cute! This trip looked far more fun than you described! Hope work went well!

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