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Old 08-30-2011, 12:24 AM   #113
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We left Minnesota and moved on down to Spirit Lake, Iowa and Storm Lake. A really nice campground on Storm Lake is Sunrise Campground......Saturday night on front row with full lake view......then off to find Barn Quilts in Sac County, Iowa....Awesome
We have seen several of the Barn Quilts in Tillamook Oregon. I'll try to get a picture for you.
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Wink You are right about the area around storm lake

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You are right there where I grew up. I'm from Emmetsburg. My brother went to college in Storm Lake. The Iowa great lakes area is the best! Enjoy!
What an unexpected surprise our trip through Iowa. Still can't get over the barn quilts. Our trip to Omaha found us dodging severe thunderstorms. The sky was unlike any we had ever seen. Would go back there again. P
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:49 PM   #115
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Omaha was great

We met our dear friend, Mary, who lives in Hooper and she showed us an amazing bronze larger than life sculptures honoring the pioneers and their spirit......you can walk among them and you get a pretty good idea of the western movement.....with wagons for the possessions--most of the folks walked....much harder than our trip. Also a wonderful pedestrian bridge crossing the Missouri River in Omaha....the river is still very high.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:04 PM   #116
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Omaha, NE

I forgot to mention we had to approach Omaha from a different direction due to severe thunderstorms in the Sioux City area....no problem, we just went south and west instead of west and south.....thanks to our Oregon Scientific Weather station we had warning...we packed up at Storm Lake and literally skirted the storms all the way to Omaha...
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:02 PM   #117
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Hi stranger! We are in amongst your redwoods in Hiouchi!
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Hi stranger! We are in amongst your redwoods in Hiouchi!
Missed you. Have lots to tell you.....we are home but need to post some adventures before I get to that place.....we loved the redwoods......hard to believe they are so huge....hard to see the leaves or needles or whatever they have.....we saw old growth white pines in Michigan....not quite as huge but impressive nonetheless....p
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University of Nebraska Omaha

Ed's last presentation was before the Nebraska State Bar at the Scott Conference center at the U of NE Omaha. We were invited to park our Airstream in the lot across the street. Since we can be self contained, we took them up on the offer......the only venue where we were able to park right there.

After the event, we took off mid afternoon and headed northwest to Route 20 and made it to Atkinson, NE before dark. We stopped at the Wheel Inn and were reassured that the cement block bathrooms were always open and would serve as a shelter in case of a tornado and the siren would blow. We did pull over near Scribner to give Mary her shirt I had taken by mistake the night before.....she lives in the country nearby (Hooper). paula
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I thought we might cross paths, but you are already home.

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You know after that last presentation we were sort of like the horses heading back to the barn...we did three 500 mile or so days and bingo, we were home......it surprised even us....we had never done so many miles in a day before in the entire trip....but the weather was good and we were somehow energized......

The trip across northern Nebraska on the two lane Route 20 was so nice.....little traffic...we saw the grass covered sand dunes....seems like there are sand dunes all over this country...

I put out a plea for the route in WY and it was answered by a fellow Californian who was in front of us in NE at a road work stoppage. In fact he lives in Venice and had been touring that part of the country. He suggested we go to Casper and then turn south to Rawlins, WY to hit I-80. His name was Claus......and we kept running into him at our stops for gas....he kept telling us more things...like Hwy. 40 to bypass Salt Lake City....it was so totally cool to have our own tour guide along the road. Actually people all along the way told us about alternative roads to the interstates....we took them all and were not disappointed.....call me a Backroads Junkie....paula
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Nebraska Sand Dunes (hills)

Somehow my camera got set to take black and white photos....not my intent because the countryside was nice and green.....but you can get the idea.

The stagecoach was in Lusk, WY at the Stagecoach Museum.

The last photo is sadly Ed taking some of the remaining shards out of the broken window in SteSpot.....it was the streetside forward window (29 1/2 inch one) on a 1968. The curved one with a metal frame (scarce as hen's teeth to replace). Somewhere between Atkinson, NE and Rawlins, WY something happened to the window. When we got to the campground we noticed tiny specks of glass on the dinette seats....went outside and saw that the whole window minus the frame was GONE. We have no idea what happened to it. It was there in the morning and was gone in the evening....so Ed got busy and taped it up with Duck Tape.....more on that later.......paula
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sorry to hear about the window!!
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sorry to hear about the window!!
They only made those windows for 3 years and only 1968 had a frame.....and it was a lot of fun retaping the window with package sealing tape on a windy I-80 with 25-35 mph winds...the duck tape peeled right off when we hit the road....

So now we are looking for another window (Uwe is on it).
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you've found something duck tape won't fix... be still my southern heart, it just can't be possible!
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Yup. That is correct. The wind just peeled that duck tape off the shiny Airstream like you could not believe....perhaps if we had wrapped it all around the front it would have held sort of like wrapping a package but at that point the duck tape was all used up....both rolls of it.....

We happened to have clear package sealing tape with us and that is what we used with a plastic trash bag....hint. Make a big X across the window so you have something to tape to.....then the trash bag and then the package sealing tape. Have been told that aluminum tape works better.....and perhaps so....I plan to put some in my fibber magee drawer for the future. paula
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