It rained and rained, and heavily rained during all of my drive through Oklahoma. Sometimes, you just need to make a stop. I turned off the interstate and drove east about five miles and found Pops.
Guess what Pops sells besides gas and souvenirs. At Pops I purchased some Coke.
Okay, they are not all Coca-cola, but in the Southern United States all soft drinks are referred to as cokes.
I also learned while looking at the souvenirs that I was on Route 66. If it was later, I could have a lunch at their diner.
This my be the best restroom in Nebraska. What make a good restroom? 1) Clean; 2) Individual rooms; 3)
Yes, heated toilet seats. To bad it was 80 degrees outside. 4) You can get drink, food and gas right outside the door.
My favorite location to walk in Grand Island, Nebraska is Hall County Park. Why? The trees! It has trees, big trees, lots of trees. The path around the park is about a mile, and there are two other trails: one around the Stuhr Museum property, and a second trail that takes you to the Walmart.
All trails are very peaceful. If you feel adventurous, you can take one of the many trails into the woods. If you need a rest, there are plenty of swings and picnic tables. The restrooms in Hall County Park are some of the cleanest public facilities I have seen. Yes, they are ranked right up there with Chick-fil-a for cleanliness.
A word of caution. Watch out for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and wild turkeys.
My second favorite place to go walking in Grand Island, NE is along the John Brownwell Trail. It is best if you start the walk at Sucks Lake and go right. Just go right. If you walk around the lake, the ducks and geese will get out of the way. However, their droppings do not move. It is best just to head towards the Cemetery; again go right.
I rarely walk to the cemetery, instead I select the path to College Park. About 1.5 miles along the trail Sothmann Park will be just off the path. There you will encounter more geese and their droppings. You will also get to see one of the best trees in Grand Island.
If you choose to walk the 4 miles to Hall County Park, you will pass the Stuhr Museum and will see more trees. There is one problem with walking the 4 miles to Hall County Park; you will need to walk the 4 miles back to Suck Lake.
My third favor place to walk in Grand Island, Nebraska is Eagle Scout Park. There is a lake in the middle of the park with a 1.01 mile walking trailing. One of the benefits to walking in Eagle Scout Park is you are able to go in circles with no one judging you. Unless, you have gone around in circles many, many times, then people have started talking about you. Or, they have finished their few trips around the park and left.
During the walk around the park, you are able to look at the trees, the waves on the water, and watch the corn grow in the nearby field. There is a couple of things you need to be cautious about while visiting the park: one Wascally Wabbits; the pole wielding, capped homo sapiens perched on the lake’s edge, who occasionally emerge from the grass carrying their catches; and the swing sets that temps you to bring out your inner child.
Eagle Scout Park almost made it to second favor walking location; however since they are building a huge sport complex next door, I predict the traffic and noise level at the park to increase which will hamper the peaceful walk around the park.
The current Louisiana State Capital building was built during the depression era to create jobs by Governor Huey P. Long. Long was later shot and killed inside the building.
It is the tallest capital building in the United States. The observation tower is located on the 24th floor and the elevator go to the 30th floor.
The view of the Mississippi River shows you just how mighty it is. LSU”s tiger stadium can be seen from the tower.
Before you plan your visit, keep in mind that I don’t think that the government wants you to visit downtown Baton Rouge. Security is so tight around the capital building you can no longer park near it. Almost every other parking spot is 2 hour paid parking unless you want to park in a garage and walk. Be prepare to have your possessions scanned and walk through a metal detector.
Traffic in Baton Rouge is horrendous and don’t even attempt to cross the bridge during the hours surrounding rush the hours.
Each of these drawings were done in 2003 but DeRidder High School students.
I love all the detail that was put into old buildings.