Author Archives: Jon Lowder

Road Trip 2019 Day 5 – Louisville, Frankfort and Lexington KY

We started the day with a bang in Louisville: toured Churchill Downs, then visited a few distillers (Angels Envy, Evan Williams and Michters) and grabbed a photo op at Louisville Slugger. Then we headed towards Frankfort and visited the Taj Mahal of Bourbon – Buffalo Trace. All we can say about that place is…whoa!After that we drove over to Lexington to have dinner, then checked out the University of Kentucky (where Celeste’s dad was in school when she was born) and then we found the hospital where she was born.A very full and fun day.

Road Trip 2019 Day 4 – Champaign to Louisville

We started the day in Champaign, IL with a great breakfast at a great restaurant called the Farmhouse which is located in a grocery called Harvest Market. Then we found a statue of Roger Ebert for a photo op before hitting the road to Louisville. Once there we hit a distillery called Rabbit Hole and grabbed a BBQ dinner at a joint called Feast. A great day!

Road Trip Day 3 – Omaha, Elk Horn, Iowa City, Davenport, Champaign

We started day three in Omaha and visited three sites: the giant fork and pasta sculpture, the Chef Boyardee statue on the Conagra corporate campus and Joselyn Castle. Then we visited the tiny town of Elk Horn, IA to see their Danish Windmill and had the bonus of finding a tiny chapel and an example of a viking structure. One thing we saw a lot of in Iowa and Illinois? Windmills…lots and lots of windmills.

The rest of the day featured a lot of driving. We crossed the Mississippi River on I-74 from Davenport, IA to Moline, IL and grabbed a room in Champaign, IL.

Road Trip 2019 – Day 2 in York, Seward and Lincoln Nebraska

We didn’t start the day planning to spend it all in Nebraska, but after doing laundry in the morning we got a bit of a late start. Then we found out that Seward, the town where I spent my freshman year of college at Concordia Teachers College (now University), now has a brewery and it was going to open at 3:00 so we decided to take our time to enjoy ourselves.
The day featured a stop in York, NE so Celeste could take a pic of a water tower painted to look like a hot air balloon, a tour around Seward and the Concordia U campus, a walk around the state capitol in Lincoln and we ended up getting a room in Omaha for the night.

2019 Road Trip – Day 1 Drive Home From Denver

After spending the last week at the NAA conferenc in Denver we are spending the next week driving home to NC and doing some touring on the way. We left Denver and headed northeast on I-76. Our first stop from Denver was at the welcome center in Julesburg, CO then we headed east on I-80, stopping to see the Pony Express Museum in Gothenburg, NE before stopping to spend the night in Grand Island, NE.