The Archway is a museum of and monument to Nebraska's and the Platte River valley's role in westward expansionwhich must cause no end of celebration among the Native Americans. Though perhaps not as much as this advertising-announcement I saw later:
And they also have one of these:
which the Native Americans probably find a poor substitute for the real thing too. Although it's one up on Milton Keynes.
So, Omaha, and indeed Council Bluffs, across the Mighty Missouri in Iowa. For the Union Pacific Railroad has a museum in Council Bluffs - the first transcontinental line having kicked off its eastern end from Omaha. The museum is surrounded by parking meters. I have no change. I mean, None. At. All. I can install an app on my phone and pay that way. I don't think so, not least because it would eat every last penny of credit I have on my account. This is Iowa, remember, where you're not even allowed to smoke outdoors at Interstate rest areas. So yea! And verily! A resounding "Fuck Off" to the place.
Back over the Mighty Missouri and to the Riverfront complex. There is a bridge:
and a statue:
The latter - depicting as it does "Labor" - will probably be removed by enraged Republicans before long.
And then to Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park. These are next door to each other on the valley side. The former is a dead restful and actually rather fab series of gardeny bits, or at least it would be restful were it not for the constant noise of I-80 just over there ==> and the occasional low-flying aircraft. Some highlights:
|Eglė the (Lithuanian) Serpent Goddess|
|Mount Fuji (not actual size...)|
|...but I made a bit of a bish and didn't fit it all in...|
|...but I couldn't walk far enough backwards to get all of this one in!|
Yankton is famous for, er, well, it will be famous for a triple canine slaying if the fucking hounds of hell in the room next door don't STFU. I am tempted to dob them in to The Mgt, as Teh Roolz say "pets must not be left unattended", which these clearly are. Which would start off someone's bank holiday weekend very nicely indeed. Alternatively, I could just make an unholy row while getting up, getting packed and getting noisily underway with a nice loud V8 tomorrow morning. Bah!