Grand Island Nebraska

Welcome to the prairie!

Go Audra!
After a great week in Loveland it was time to move on. My youngest brother lives in Grand Island Nebraska so we decided to make that trip in one hop. We don’t usually travel that far in a day but there really wasn’t anywhere along the way we were interested in staying. It was about a 7 hour drive and then we lost an hour with a time zone change, so about 5pm we arrived at Hall county park just south of Grand Island. We stayed here last fall and it is a gem a park. It is a small park with only a little over 20 RV sites, 50 amp electric only but it costs just $15 a night. Originally we were going to stay just 3 nights but with Mother’s day this weekend we opted for 6. We will actually be taking off tomorrow on Mother’s Day for Des Moines. We are hoping for less traffic that way and with Mother’s day over we shouldn’t have trouble getting a site at the Saylorville Reservoir.

Our week here with family has been fun. John got to put his handyman skills to work and put up a ceiling fan for my sister-in-law Sharon. He has installed many of these over the years so it just felt like old times. My niece Audra had softball practice here at the park so we got to watch that. Man can she hit! Then yesterday we picked her up from school and we had some girl time painting each others toes and fingernails. Gary and Sharon picked us all up and off to Lincoln we went to meet up with some of Sharon’s family. We had dinner at Buzzard Billy’s. They have alligator on the menu so we all had to try that. Mmmm, tastes like chicken. :)
The result of a little girls time :)

Me and my baby brother, Gary.

At dinner were Sharon’s brothers Bill and Nick, and Bill’s wife Jenny. I went to high school with her brother Bill so it was fun to spend some time with them and on the way back we stopped at Bill’s farm. It is a small hobby farm with chickens, ducks, horses, cows and we hear he has a peacock but we didn’t see that. There also are a couple dogs and lots of cats. Nick had baked a strawberry-rhubarb pie. Does it get an better than this? 
Sharon, Audra, Nick, Bill, Gary, Jenny and Janie
Today my brother has a few more things on the agenda for us. Helping return a tree and picking up some flower for Sharon’s Mother’s Day gift, and taking care of Audra while they are out at some graduation parties. They sure know how to keep us busy. :)
St. Francis medical Center where Gary is the Director of Dietary Services
Grand Island is really a nice town and a growing town, they just hit over 50,000 and have lots of good places to eat so if you find yourself on I-80 in the middle of Nebraska and need a place to stop, I would highly recommend taking highway 281 the few miles north to Hall County Park (they don’t take reservations) and stay a couple days. I should say too, the sites are paved and this one is as level a we have ever had one even on paved sites.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there in blogland and back home in Iowa!
Happy trails........................................


  1. i actually got snowed in there one year when traveling south from South Dakota...

  2. Nice to visit family! We are on our way back home now...glad to get there too.

  3. It sure looks like you've had a great time visiting with your brother. Time with family is so wonderful. Enjoy your time together.

  4. Nebraska can be a pretty long state to drive through. Nice that you had relatives along the way. :)

  5. Today, "Flamingo on a Stick" sounds like a delicious Ren Faire concession. I must be hungry.

    Happy Mother's Day, all.

  6. Glad you had some family time. Any chance you'll be coming to Wisconsin this summer? If I remember correctly you guys had some family near Madison.

  7. Nebraska is one of those states that is missing from our map so I definitely have put this on our list of places to stay. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  8. Great to see a few pics of Nebraska for a change. Enjoy your visit with your brother on Mothers Day.

  9. Enjoy your time with family and Happy Mother's Day!

  10. This summer we opted to take HWY 20 from Iowa to WY instead of I-80 for a change, talk about a change of pace!!! Our current coach fits that role well though!

    David & Sheila


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