Five years ago, if you had asked me if I would ever visit Nebraska, I would have shrugged. And if you had asked me whether I would visit rural Nebraska during the dead of winter, I would have laughed hysterically.
Then I met my husband, who grew up in a town of 1,600 in rural Nebraska, and now I have visited his home state four times - including three December trips!
Every December, Nebraska looks different. In 2009, there was a blizzard and snow. It was like we had stepped into the movie Fargo. In 2010, there was less snow but the landscape still looked like a Christmas card.
For Christmas 2011, I was prepared for Artic temperatures... and then my gloves, scarf and hat spent the entire trip in the rental car. During the day, the temperatures were in the 50s and I just needed a sweatshirt to stay warm. Almost all the snow had melted. Let me tell you about the un-snowy Nebraska countryside: it's beautiful and the roads are safe. From now on, I'm dreaming of a brown Christmas.
|Random Countryside View as we drove through Nebraska.|
|More Random Countryside while driving.|
|Sunset at the family ranch.|
|Farm cats at the family ranch.|
|Sign for a steakhouse where we had dinner.|
|I was told we could have breakfast here - or the gas station.|