You can't go to Nebraska without going to it's biggest city, Omaha. Omaha had a little bit of a special draw for me because I lived here for one year when I was about 10 years old or so. I did make a journey to the old homestead which was fun for old times sake.
I went to the Joslyn Museum. The building was built in 1931 and in 1938, it was listed among the 100 finest buildings in the United States. It was a pretty stupendous Art Deco building. The outside was all done in pink Georgia marble – I guess we could call it Pretty In Pink (I know, I know – that is pretty bad). There were a few interesting art pieces but I must admit, the building itself was the star of the show.
|The inner courtyard|
|Art Institutes always have such elegant dining options. Sliders and animal crackers - yum|
Chihuly Gone Wild:
|In the Native American section - it cracked me up|
I am generally not a fan of zoos. Unless, of course, they are all about research, conservation and education. Somebody I met told me that I needed to go to the Omaha Zoo which is all about those things. It didn't hurt when I also heard that it was the second largest zoo in the United States, right behind the San Diego Zoo. I tried to pick a good warm day so that the animals could be outside if they wanted. What is interesting about this zoo, is that it is a series of buildings and outdoor spaces.
I think the Jungle Building was my favorite. You walked through the greenery and felt that you were really walking through the jungle. Birds were flying free and there were several colonies of bats that were hanging around in the open.
|Everybody seemed pretty laid back|
|Lots of wildlife to see|
|There were yellow frogs|
|And blue frogs|
|From the jungle to dry arid biosphere|
Doesn't he look like he is posing?
Giraffes are becoming endangered - in the last 15 years, they have lost 40% of their population.
|And we finally have a nice day, complete with green grass|
Of course there was another Junior Ranger opportunity - Lewis and Clark National Trail. Score!!!