Today is beautiful in Omaha, Nebraska. It's a warm and sunny 85 degrees outside with a slight breeze and unusually low humidity: perfect. Today is also one of those rare Saturdays when I have nothing to do, an anomaly that I've been looking forward to all week. I woke up early this morning, checked the forecast, and knew that I had to get out of the house for a while to enjoy the beautiful early summer (or is it late spring? I can't tell) sunshine.
At first, I thought of going to Lincoln (about an hour away) but realized that I wouldn't really know what to do o once I got there. For a long time I toyed with the idea of driving to Yankton, South Dakota, a town that appeals to me only because it is mentioned over and over again on the HBO series Deadwood. Finally, I decided to stick close to town and explore one of my favorite spots near Omaha, the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge and the sleepy towns surrounding it.
I did a lot of slow driving, a lot of walking, and some much needed sitting in the sun. I even took some pictures. All in all, a very relaxing morning.