Aurora, CO to Grand Island, NE to Coralville, IA

October 15, 2014 21:15 – 21:15

I’m at the Comfort Suites in Coralville, Iowa. The internet speed here is most acceptable.

With a few exceptions, I’ve gotten decent internet on this trip—nothing down in the DSL speed range.

On the way to Grand Island, Nebraska yesterday, I stopped at Barr Lake State Park. It wasn’t quite as picturesque as I’d hoped, but it wasn’t bad. There were a couple of pheasants near the visitor center. But, they kept hiding. This is about the best I could manage.

I also saw several black-billed magpies—not uncommon to Colorado.

There were several butterflies about, but only one that posed for me—a monarch.

There was a canal that ran through the park, providing a couple of good photo ops with some fall color.

Last night for dinner, I had a chicken Caesar from Panera. It wasn’t awful.

On the way to Coralville today, I decided to stop at the Platte River State Park, in Louisville, Nebraska. Not many photo ops there, either, but I did get a few. A few of the trees were nice & bright, but red seems to be rare in Nebraska. In Colorado (which means “colorful”), most of what I saw was yellow. This clump in Louisville, NE was nice, though.

There were two red-bellied woodpecker playing tag, which made it hard to get a clear shot. The best I could manage was a head shot.

The highlight of my hike was a waterfall on Stone Creek, which flows into the Platte River.

And, here is the obligatory unknown wildflower shot.

After arriving at the Comfort Suites, I discovered a nice paved trail—Clear Creek Trail—behind the hotel. So, I went for a 3-mile hike, hoping for a decent sunset.

This sign advised me of the presence of a snake on the trail—even though it was in the 50s!

For dinner, I decided to get delivery pizza from Falbo Brothers. I ordered a small deep dish pizza. Keeping in mind that I don’t eat the crust, it filled me up so much that I don’t yet have room for the salad I ordered. It’s not as good as Alex’s or Faccia Luna, but it’s definitely decent.

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