Sunday, October 17, 2010

Columbus, NE

The day after the wedding, we got a tour of Columbus (which will be Opa's new town), courtesy of the bride and groom:

Including this sweet bridge:

That even the girl liked:

Opa showed her a milkweed pod and they scattered them in the air--we'll be checking back in 25 years to see how our milkweed trees are doing:

We went to Pawnee Park, where a group of inspired high school students organized this memorial to Andrew Jackson Higgins:

He was the creator of the Eureka boat, base for the LCVPs (Land Craft Vehicle Personnel):

Which, per President Eisenhower, played a crucial role in World War II:

There is also a memorial to 9/11 using some material from the Towers:

After the park, we drove a bit around town and saw Nebraska's oldest tavern, the Glur tavern:

As well as the modern convenience store:

We decided to spend the night in Omaha to ensure not missing any flights. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in the Old Market--we got a great rate, thanks to a AAA discount. The girl enjoyed the fancy digs:

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