A Visit to Esther K. Newman

We had no stops planned between Ogallala and Omaha, but feeling the need to see something of interest we pulled off 80 E to see the Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln. It is the 2nd tallest U.S. statehouse behind the Louisiana State Capitol.

Our drive through Nebraska to Omaha

Our drive through Nebraska to Omaha

Capital Building inLincoln NE

the very tall Capital Building in Lincoln NE

Of course the most important business that takes place in the Capitol city is Nebraska Cornhusker Football. We couldn’t leave without a glimpse of Memorial Stadium, referred to as the “Sea of Red.”  The stadium has the NCAA record of 340 consecutive sell outs beginning in 1962. Hopefully it will be a good year for the Huskers. Go Big Red!

The most important building in Lincoln, NE

The most important building in Lincoln, NE

We were warmly welcomed to our first home setting since leaving San Ramon almost 3 weeks ago by our good friends Janie & Allan. Janie (& Al) prepared a delicious Shabbat dinner including homemade challah, smoked and teriyaki miso salmon, and veggies from their garden.

Our wonderful hosts and their wonderful home

Our wonderful hosts and their wonderful home

Check out their beautiful rain-soaked green yard fellow Californians

Check out their beautiful rain-soaked green yard fellow Californians

And lush bountiful garden

And lush bountiful garden

Early Saturday morning Bob and I visited the hair salon for haircut and color, afterwards Bob went to have new tires put on the Old Home,

The Old Home gets a bath and new tires at the Russell Speeders

The Old Home and new tires get a bath at the Russell Speeders

and I had a fun lunch with my longtime Omaha girlfriends. Sorry for the lack of pictures. We were so busy talking and eating that I totally forgot to capture the moment. It was so good seeing everyone. Hard to believe we are all approaching our 40th high school reunion. We all have exciting times ahead of us, 1 new grandma, 2 soon to be grandmas, and 1 sending her daughter off to college.

Bob and Al had lunch at a pub and we all met back at the house. We spent the rest of the day eating, drinking, and sharing lots of laughs and good times.

Sunday we scheduled a day with my best friend since 5th grade. Marcy wanted to plan a meaningful day for us and knowing we love history, she racked her brain to come up with the perfect surprise field trip. And boy did she!  For 5 or 6 years of our childhood we attended overnight summer day camp about 30 minutes outside of Omaha called Esther K Newman. Over thirty years ago the state combined 2 camps and a large forested area to create The Platte River State Park. The original camp layout, camper cabins, mess hall, pool, tennis courts, and lake still exist and were amazingly very familiar. The biggest surprise was how close all the areas of the camp seemed to be. Both Marcy and I remember the camp much more spread out. It was a fantastic day filled with wonderful memories of our history. Bob enjoyed seeing the camp I always spoke about and we wrapped up the day visiting Marcy’s son K.C. and their dog Jasmine.

Marcy, K.C., and Jasmine taking us on a field trip

Marcy, K.C., and Jasmine taking us on a field trip

Welcome back to Esther K!

Welcome back to Esther K!

Marcy and I in front of the big girls cabins

Marcy and I in front of the big girls cabins

Next stop was dinner and an evening with my brother and his family. Unfortunately Mark was not feeling well so after a quick dinner (we had not realized the restaurant’s nightly entertainment would be playing making it impossible to hear each other.) and not wanting the evening to end we headed to Orange Leaf for some delicious frozen yogurt and special time with my sister-in-law, Julie, my nephew David, my niece, Rachel, and Rachel’s boyfriend, Daniel. We had some good laughs while eating my new favorite flavor, toasted marshmallow.

Julie, Daniel, Rachel, David, and myself at Orange Leaf enjoying frozen yogurt

Julie, Daniel, Rachel, David, and myself at Orange Leaf enjoying frozen yogurt

The fabulous weekend with family and friends flew by, next stop is our Airbnb rental in downtown Chicago. We look forward to 2 weeks in one place, visiting all our family and friends, and cheering on Bob’s Chicago Cubs! I know we have been lacking on food photos so expect more of that in our next blog.

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