Trip Rewinds are stories from my earlier travels prior to the Paws for Beer blog’s creation. The stories may be oldies, but hopefully you find them to be goodies 🙂
Over the next few postings I will tell you about my trip to Omaha Nebraska.
So why did I go to Omaha Nebraska you may be asking yourself. Well as usual I had befriended someone at work, she had decided to get married and of course she was not from the area. I never mind traveling for a wedding because it gives me a reason to go somewhere new. Don’t tell the brides – I usually lie and say it’s because I want to go to their wedding.
I arrived to Omaha the day of the wedding (I think it’s weird that I keep typing weeding instead of wedding – I must need to go outside and work on my yard!)
Anyways – back to my arrival into the Omaha area. I was traveling solo, a fact that I hate while going to weddings but it was unavoidable. I rented a GPS for my rental car which helped me for the most part, although as I left the airport the recalculating took it’s time and I ended up seeing a part of Omaha that I had not planned on. What made up for getting lost was my bad ass rental car that I had been surprised with, a slick black Dodge Charger. If I were to drive a car it would probably be this one.
So I am going to skip over the wedding part. You probably don’t know Brad and Stacie – but they got married in Omaha. I will share this part from the wedding festivities however, I was finally introduced to Old Style.
In Idaho we only have Pabst Blue Ribbon. I found the beers to be practically the same but finally tasted Old Style. Old Style was something that some of my friends in Idaho had been yip yapping about. I was not sure what all the talk was about. It was still a watered down beer that, yes I will drink on occasion but I try to keep that to situations of when I am in a pinch.
I planned to leave Omaha the next day after Brad and Stacie’s wedding and of course in true Brittany fashion I jam-packed myself a morning full of things to do before I left. Since I had this super fun rental car I decided to take it out of town for a short and fun road trip to the Strategic Air and Space Museum. The museum was a recommendation from my friend Jen who had visited Omaha numerous times as her grandmother lived there. Her recommendations rarely steer me wrong so I ventured out to Ashland, a quick 30 mile drive to where the museum was located. The museum was full of United States Air Force planes and rockets along with some space crafts from the Apollo missions.
I am certainly not an air or space aficionado but I still had enjoyable time viewing the different planes like the F101-B Voodoo, a plane that was designed as a long-range bomber but was later redesigned into a tactical/air defense plane. I also got to see the T-33-A “T-Bird”. a plane introduced into service in the mid 1940’s and provided a great platform for training our pilots.
My favorite had to be the XF-85 Goblin. It was designed to defend the B-36 bombers. Referred to as a parasite fighter, this plane would be attached to a B-36 bomber via a trapeze. The plane would release into the air to combat the enemy. It was an interesting idea, however not new. Parasite fighters had been used in the 1920’s and 30’s. Unfortunately for the XF-85 it’s time in the limelight never came and the program ended in 1949. It’s lack of combat of course did not take away from how adorable it was!
If you would like to visit the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland Nebraska they are located at 28210 West Park Highway. They are open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. It is a self-guided tour. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and military and $6 for children. Parking is free. There is plenty to do here for kids so be sure to bring them along. You can even organize their birthday party here, which would be fun for any kid who is into planes!