A Re-Discovered Life

A nurse traveling and learning to embrace new discoveries.


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Pioneer Village, Minden NE

While we were hanging out in Kearney NE, Dan mentioned that we were very close to this somewhat old but very interesting museum. Self-proclaimed ‘largest private collection of Americana anywhere’, the Harold Warp Pioneer Village in Minden, NE boasts of holding 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value on it’s 20 acres of property.

It was a great little walk-through of American History. From the old Automobiles to the odd collections and even a very cool Original Gypsy Wagon!

 

Favorites included Dad & Dan playing checkers outside the Old Country Store and discussing the operations of the HUGE train on site.

We spent several hours wandering around and exploring this treasure trove of Americana. If you happen to be in the area, it’s worth a short side trip.


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

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To be continued….



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A Meeting with Noah

Snake Creek, Missouri River South Dakota
June 13-14, 2016

Snake Creek was a beautiful spot with excellent facilities. Grounds are well maintained to the point that we couldn’t even find a twig to start a campfire with. Coming across the plains and coming up on the river the landscape changed dramatically from the occasional rolling hills to vast hills and the greenest of greens! We also had some of the most beautiful sunsets here.

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We set up on the riverside and watched the sailboats and fishing boats on the river. My favorite part was skipping stones. There was a small beach just down from the camp site and the first nights walk I discovered tons of great ‘skipping stones’. I can’t tell you the last time I skipped rocks! I convinced Dan to join me on night #2 as we skipped stones and watched the great sunset…next morning we discovered a fatal mistake: Skipping Stones = sore right arm muscles! Guess that shows just how out of shape I am!!

Fort Kearny SRA, Kearny NE
June 15-19

The weather just won’t break! Temps have been in the high 90’s for the past 5-6 days which makes it difficult to want to do anything other than sit and try to stay cool.

Vine Island Campground lakes were originated as gravel pits. Had a great discussion with the local State Campground employee about some of the local history. There are a lot of local campers here, mostly visiting for the weekends fishing, kayaking and just enjoying the great outdoors with their families.

Dad’s Falcon found a competitive similar!

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We met up with our camp neighbor Noah and spend several evenings hanging out around the campfire enjoying telling stories and getting to know one another. I still can’t figure out what Noah found so intriguing about two Hippies but he even went so far as to come back on Monday (after he broke camp on Sunday) to hang out and chat some more.

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While we were in Kearney, we took a day-trip over to the Pioneer Village in Minden and checked out the Archway Museum on our way out of town. (Links coming soon).


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

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Our Route: The #HipGypTrip

We’ll be updating this map along the way.


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

You can follow our adventures via Facebook, Instagram, and my Blog Page via Facebook

To be continued….


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Porter Sculpture Park

We hopped onto the I90 for a bit between Split Rock Creek and Snake Creek with Big Bertha taking the lead. I’m always one to make a quick un-planned detour and this one did not disappoint. As we were driving through the boring landscape, I suddenly spotted a HUGE bull head! My first thought was that someone was extremely proud of their ranch! Boy, was I wrong.

We pulled in and found a very unique Sculpture Park.

Porter Sculpture Park is ran by a single individual, Mr Porter who owned a Sheep ranch that failed in 2008. He told us that when the recession hit, he had to give it up. I can’t recall how long he has been working on the various sculptures found at the park, but there are a ton of unique and somewhat dark and bizarre sculptures. He told us that he fell off the fishbowl and broke his arm at one point. He’s currently working on a horse sculpture, which is supposed to be about 110 ft. tall and made out of railroad iron. The bull (also made from railroad iron) which drew my original attention is aprox 60ft tall and weighs in around 30 Ton. It had to be disassembled from it’s original build site and utilized two cranes to set it up in it’s current position. The Bull sculpture is best viewed from the inside (enter from the back)

10422477_491676677649165_7754198683518173899_n.jpgWayne Porter is a metal sculptor who was born in 1959 in South Dakota. He grew up in St. Lawrence, a small town in central South Dakota and learned to weld in his father’s Blacksmith Shop. He made his first welded piece of art at age 12.He graduated from Miller High School in 1978 and attended South Dakota State University, graduating with degrees in Political Science and History in 1982. He has never taken an art class. He subsequently raised sheep for a few years, working on his art in his free time. His art is large in size and much of it is comprised of junk or found metal. His largest sculpture is 60 feet tall and weighs more than 25 tons. It is made of individual railroad ties welded together. In the fall of 2000, he opened Porter Sculpture Park, I-90 exit 374, by Montrose, SD. The sculpture park now has more than 50 sculptures, created by Wayne, along with the poetry that accompanies many of the pieces. In the off season, he works on making more sculptures in the same blacksmith shop where he learned to weld. His pieces are majestic, whimsical, thought provoking, and readily display the influences of the South Dakota prairies that he grew up on and also reflect his quick wit, humor, and diverse interests. He lives with his Australian Shepherd dog, Bambino. 

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There is some very intriguing poetry that goes along with many of the sculptures. If you happen to be along the I 90 exit 374, make plans to take an hour and check it out! Current admission is $8/pp.


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

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Hip-Gyp Trip: Week #1

South Park Campground: Gibson City IL
June 3-4, 2016

South Park is a tiny little campground with only 9 spaces, located on the edge of Gibson City. This campground cost only $10/night with electric and water…it was a steal!! Nice and shady and a great opportunity to get acclimated. Dad, being ever the out-going neighbor, met one of our camping neighbors (Jeff and Sherry, local farmers) and we spent two evenings hanging around the campfire chatting.

Shady Creek Campground, Muscatine IA
June 5-6, 2016

Situated right on the banks of the Mississippi River…the days were spent watching the river flow backwards (according to Dad) and the barges flow upstream being pushed by tugboats. Water birds were abundant.

Red Rock Lake Campground, Pella IA
June 7-8

Pella, IA is a super-cute and quaint little Dutch town. Abundant in windmills and Dutch culture, it’s a must-see if you are in the area. There is a great Dutch Bakery, I suggest that you get some ‘Dutch Letters’ there!

Jaarsma Bakery: : Dutch letters, Dutch pastry, apple ring, cinnamon …

Our family owned-and-operated bakery, located in historic Pella, Iowa, has been baking delicious “Dutch Treats” for over a century.

 

We also visited a great little Deli (In’t Veld’s Meat Market & Opa’s Deli in Downtown Pella, Iowa), that makes a delicious dried beef dip! I got to meet up with a friend Teresa P. here! The town park is clean and well maintained.

Dan and Dad found an old junkyard (with about 3K ‘head’ according to the owner). They spent a bit exploring and although they didn’t find the part they were seeking, they did find a part for the Falcon…you know, guy stuff!


 


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

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To be continued….


 


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Without Wi-Fi

Over the past four years, I’ve spent nearly every waking moment of every day ‘connected’. The Gypsy Nurse took a ton of my time, energy and attention. Now that I have some help…I’ve been able to disconnect a bit.

No-WifiI knew that I would have a lot less internet access traveling on the ‘Hip-Gyp Trip’ but what I didn’t realize is that I would go days on end without any service all-together! No wi-fi and no cell phone service! This has been a huge challenge for me…one that has spent most of every day for the past 4 years online.

Sprint service has been almost non-existent and my wi-fi via Verizon (the backup) has been hit or miss. Finding wi-fi while staying at National and State Parks leaves a bit to be desired, and thus a bit delayed in my reporting of the Hip-Gyp Trip!

So…where have we been and what have we been up too?

We left Indiana on June 3, 2016. Rolling out of town with smiles and excitement for the road ahead. With vehicles all from the 60’s we are traveling very slowly, covering only 150 – 200 miles at a stretch. We’ve nothing but time and the open road.

 


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

You can follow our adventures via Facebook, Instagram, and my Blog Page via Facebook

To be continued….


 


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Leaving Indiana on the “Hip-Gyp Trip”

There is more to come!! Check out the three of us leaving town!!  Personally, I think we look pretty awesome rolling down the road.

You can follow us on Facebook at ‘A Re-Discovered Life‘.  You can read more about our trip on the Trip Overview.

 


The Hip-Gyp Trip began on June 3, 2016 and who knows when and where it will end…  If you would like to see all of the photo’s from the trip, please visit Hip-Gyp Photo’s

You can follow our adventures via Facebook, Instagram, and my Blog Page via Facebook

To be continued….


 

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