Tuesday, August 4, 2015


We went to a state park Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for our family reunion. It's an awesome state park. If you are ever in Nebraska I strongly suggest that you go there. To me it's one of the main attractions next to our world famous zoo. 

First off it's $5 to get into the park. That's an all day pass. Different things in the park will cost money as well. It's not super expensive though. 

Summer Events:
  • Horse Back Riding (weather permitting)
  • Mini Golf
  • Paddle Boats 
  • Water Slides, and Swimming Area
All Year Around Events:
  • Walter Scott Observation Tower (Free)
  • Crafts (Some are Free)
  • Indoor Play Area (Gigantic!)
  • Trails (Free)
  • Camping (Book in Advance)
  • Brunch in the Peter Kiewit Lodge 
  • Movies
Winter Events:
  • Toboggan Run 
Our Safari Zoo is right near there, as well as a few other fun places.

This time around we didn't do a whole lot. Mica was sick from eating too much the day before. It was hot, so we couldn't ride the horses.

I still took photos of our hike, and our hike up the tower.

A few random photos from our hike:

This is the view of the Platte River from the Walter Scott Observation Tower:

This is the view from the tower of my kids observing a bug on the ground:

Off the interstate we decided to stop off to see a shrine called Holy Family Shrine. I've seen it many times before, but never got to see it up close until this weekend. I love interesting buildings!

All around is native Nebraska grasses and flowers. 

I wanted to hike more, but that's about the time that Isaak lost it. He was thirsty, and tired all at once. We did a lot of walking that we did in that heat.

Noelle from Jumpin Beans thought I had corn all around me. I had to laugh because I really only see corn when I'm traveling a few times a year. I live in the city, so no corn. Some years we grow it in our backyard. There certainly isn't corn all around though. 

This is how close we get to corn and cows:

Isaak said, "Hey there's a bunch of horses!" They were cows. I had a chuckle over that one. Yes most of Nebraska is corn and cows. Omaha is a city. 

Here's my once, or twice a year view of corn (photo below). I would have taken a photo of the horses cows, except for the fact that there was a guy driving behind us on a gravel road. Omaha doesn't have very many gravel roads either. 

The majority of Nebraska is for sure a corn, cow and grass state. It has pretty flat land. Much of the time you can see for miles and miles in the country. We have 4 true seasons here. What is it like where you live?


Masshole Mommy said...

I didn't know you guys had a big zoo out there, but if I ever make it out that way, I will check it out along with this state park.

An Apel a Day said...

Henry Doorly Zoo is #1 in the world. :)

mail4rosey said...

We got a behind the scenes tour at Henry Doorly once, for a class I was in for the summer at UNL (the aquarium section). You should see if you can get one of those for your blog, it was pretty awesome. :) Love your pictures here!

Anonymous said...

That park sounds awesome. If I'm ever in Nebraska.. Also, that Holy Family Shrine looks really cool!

The Cranky said...

The shrine is gorgeous; what an excellent example of of Prairie architecture!

We have a mix of terrains in this part of Indiana... we are located where the prairies begin, the reminders of the last Ice Age end, and the Ohio River Valley and foothills (aka 'knobs') begin. A half hour drive in any direction will produce a completely different type of landscape.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I live in the city too, but there is still a TON of corn in Indiana. Indiana Beach theme song says "There's more than corn in Indiana!" Really? Cause every where we look, it's corn, corn, corn!

Kim said...

I love going to Mahoney - doesn't matter the season!

Eat To Live said...

You are doing a lot of fun things this year. Good for you.

~ Noelle said...

Ha ha ha....
I will always think of you and corn :) Its part of life, right?
I do love how there are so many things to do somewhat near you. makes for quite an adventure


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