Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne has a bold western vibe, so I gather we’re in cowboy country now. We stopped for dinner at a Mexican restaurant and found a place to sleep for the night. No, we didn’t pup a tent and tell stories…

Great Plains

The Great Plains stretch north to south in a wide band across the Unites States, from Montana into Texas. Through most of Nebraska and Western Wyoming, we drove through this wide expanse of land interspersed with fields and farms. On…

Chappell, Nebraska

Our second stop during our trek across Nebraska was the town of Chappell. For all of you hunting and fishing enthusiasts, Cabela’s cofounder, Richard N. Cabela, grew up in Chappell. Also, a random ice cream cone statue offers a random…

Great Platte River Road Archway

The next quick stop on our trek across the US was the Great Platte River Road Archway, located along Interstate 80, two hours west of Lincoln. The Archway monument houses an American pioneer exhibit highlighting westward expansion. If you fancy…

Lincoln, Nebraska

Yesterday, after driving the length of Missouri–from St Louis to Kansas–we headed northwest into Nebraska. We arrived in Lincoln in the early part of evening and met with my aunt and uncle, whom I haven’t seen in years. After an…

Kansas, Missouri

Day 6 of our cross-country roadtrip consisted of a trek from the eastern border of Missouri to Kansas, on the western border. I enjoyed the green landscape along our route. In the city of Kansas, we stopped for a quick…

Gateway Arch, St. Louis

On the fifth day of our road trip across the United States, my travel buddy and I drove from Kentucky, through Indiana and Illinois, to St. Louis near the eastern edge of Missouri. We stopped near downtown St Louis and…

Ancestral Shaker Connection?

After visiting Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky, a surprising connection was found. A few items on exhibit in the Shaker heritage village mentioned Shakers with my surname, Burnett. One is a drawing of a man named Micajah Burnett…

Shaker Culture

Shaker customs were in part unusual and surprisingly progressive. In a time of great civil unrest, women were considered equals to men and those of African heritage were considered free. Working together within the community allowed Shakers to accumulate and…

Shaker Village Friendlies

Shaker Village teems with life, including resident cats, horses, cattle, visiting geese and small birds, as well as a cacophony of insects day and night (mostly at night). The black and white cat is Boomer, who showed up regularly during…

Kentucky Riverboat Cruise

Shaker Village hosts an hour-long riverboat cruise down the Kentucky River and back. It’s a relaxing way to spend an hour, learn more about the area and enjoy the lush and wild landscape. About a 5 minute drive from the…

Visit to Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (haiku)

My traveling companion wrote this lovely haiku during our trip across the United States. Visit to Pleasant Hill, Kentucky hawks high in a Kentucky sky—the shuttle cock makes a design called “open book” train over the river deep note, rumbling…