6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!
Cedar Creek, NE The volunteer fire department of Cedar Creek, NE. always leads the Fourth of July parade. The route is the same every year: the road that encircles the four lakes, with cornfields on the right and spectators on the left. Everyone is welcome to join the parade; anything that rolls: bicycles, golf carts, … Continue reading Americana
Cedar Creek Sunset Labor Day weekend. Darkness is falling like a shroud; dying embers from our marshmallow roast are losing their glow as the sun falls below the horizon, and the sliver of a moon is little help. I notice that the moon is falling behind the big tree. Hmmm, I always thought while the … Continue reading Cedar Creek Sunset
Cedar Creek, Nebraska (pop. 300) has its own parade on July 4th. Unpretentious, spontaneous, last-minute entries, no rules and no politicians make it fun for all ages. The parade winds around the four nearby lakes of summer homes, so no one has to leave their yard to see the parade. The only vehicles on the … Continue reading Small-Town July 4th
A local watering hole with a rope tied to high branch of a nearby tree is about all you need to escape the summer heat and have fun doing it. Who cares if it's a 100 degrees? Thought for the Day: Sandy toes, sunburned nose, summer is a blast -- the memories will always last. … Continue reading Bullseye
Doing a handstand on the floating dock at the family lake house in Cedar Creek, this eighth grader looks pretty steady. Thought for the Day: Practice makes perfect!
Donald Trump, the GOP's presumptive nominee for president, showed up in the Independence Day parade in Cedar Creek, NE. Riding in the back of an unadorned black pickup truck, he was in stark contrast to the other festive, red-white-blue entrants. (shown at left) The bombastic, egotistical, self-promoting Trump drew lots of chuckles, claps, boos and water balloons … Continue reading Donald Trump
Labor Day marks the end of summer although most schools have already been open for weeks. It's the unofficial end of this year's water sports: swimming, boating, surfing (in Nebraska?), tubing, skiing, etc. My six year-old grandson wanted "one more swing" on the rope before going to bed on his last night of the season at Cedar Creek. … Continue reading Labor Day
July 4th parades are de rigueur across the country, but nothing is more Americana than a small-town parade (Cedar Creek, NE. pop. 310). No public funds are available for fancy float contests, judges' grand stand, professional clowns, balloon artists, etc. The parade comes about from a hand-made sign posted a week ahead of time at the only prominent … Continue reading July 4th Parade