5000 miles, part 2

Now we are off to Nebraska.  It was the first time I'd ever been.
We were there to visit Floyd and Ginny.  Floyd was Mike's pastor for many years
in North Carolina and they were very good friends to him.
After a life time of hard work they retired this January and we wanted to be able to 
celebrate that with them.

We had such a fun visit and Mike got to touch base with 2 of Floyd's children who
are grown men with families now but were boys when Mike met them.
He's always telling me stories of the fun they all had together.

On our first full day there Chris, Dawn and their lovely girls came over and they
all made us a delicious dinner.  As a matter of fact I'm pretty sure I spent a good
amount of time eating.  We had some amazing meals from a family that really knows who to cook.

We spent the day exploring their new city.

Now I'm normally not too much of a "Buffet" kind of girl unless of course it's one of Disney's 
amazing Buffets but let me tell you Valentino's was delicious.  Their salad bar was out of 
this world fresh with lots to choose from and even had a selection of numerous 
pre-made pasta and meat salads that were wonderful.  There was a hot food bar that had
 lasagna, chicken, vegetables, etc.  Kind of like an Italian version of 
down home cooking.  I didn't try it but it looked great.
And of course they had a whole dessert section which I did try.  Yum!
Very reasonably priced, great service and cute decor.  
If only they had one close but it seems to be a chain in only Nebraska and a couple
of surrounding states which is probably better for me as I might find an occasion or two or three
to go alittle to often.  If you find yourself in the Lincoln/Omaha area, you have to give it a try.

The next day we drove into Omaha.  It was not at all what I was expecting.    

We visited the Heartland of America Park which was beautiful.

We passed by an amazing Morman cemetary in another part of town.  It was beautiful
with rolling hills  and unique headstones.  Since we were driving and on our way to meet
Floyd's family for dinner I didn't ask to stop.   I would so interesting to know the story behind it all.  
That's what I love about visiting new areas and learning their stories.

Just a couple of shots below of the city.

We met Floyd and Ginny's youngest son, John Paul and his family for dinner 
at a restaurant called HuHot Mongolian Grill.
I love a good Mongolian barbecue and this was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.
Thank you Floyd and Ginny for treating us to such a great day with family and friends, 
beautiful scenery and delightful food.

Again, HuHot seems to be a local chain and not in our area.  Bummer.

This is Floyd and Ginny's sweet house and it's on such
a lovely tree lined street.  What a great place to begin the next leg of their
journey we call life.  

Floyd and Ginny
We had such a wonderful time visiting and are so happy for you both
in your retirement.  We are looking forward to the next time we see you.
Maybe on a visit to Florida?

We woke up early the next day and headed off to our next destination.

Have a blessed day!

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