Post by Lisa Petrison on Jul 24, 2011 9:04:28 GMT -5
In November 2008, I drove through Omaha and spent a night in a Hampton Inn there. It felt a bit better than Chicago did to me, but not much better, at that particular time. (3-FAIR)
In November 2010, I drove through Nebraska. I started in Omaha and went west on I-80 to Sidney, then drove north on 385 to Chadron.
Omaha and Lincoln felt average, as big cities in the middle of winter go. (3-FAIR)
The rest of the state felt great to me, though rather desolate. Conceivably spending time here in the summer could be really pleasant, since I see lots of campgrounds on the map. (5-EXCELLENT)
I spent a night in Sidney, at the RV park next to the Cabela’s. There are a few okay restaurants and a decent bookstore-cafe in that town. (5-EXCELLENT)
In September 2011, I drove east on I-80 from Wyoming to Sidney, then north on 385 to Chadron (near the SD border). It still felt great to me. (5-EXCELLENT)
In late October 2011, I drove south from Nebraska City to Kansas on 75. This was following a lot of flooding. It felt mediocre to me. (3-FAIR)
My feeling is that apart from the cities on the eastern edge, Nebraska is a terrific state. However, it's the kind of place that most people seem hesitant to visit. For inspiration, here are some photos:
Post by stormyskye on Jul 24, 2011 22:46:21 GMT -5
Omaha, last there Oct of 2010. I found it to be excellent. I was just there a few days visiting my sister. Her home was clear and no ick outside that I could tell. Most areas of the city felt ok to me other than the normal pollution at times.
Post by forebearance on Nov 4, 2012 13:33:56 GMT -5
More Nebraska experiences:
In late August 2012, a powerful storm front blew up into Nebraska from the south. It was one of those storms that felt like it might be carrying toxins all the way up from Texas. I happened to be driving west on I-80 across Nebraska during that time.
Usually the air quality is safely great by the time I reach York. That trip, I had to get to Kearney before the outside air felt safe and terrific. We know that conditions are changing and evolving all the time. This experience made me feel like I would want to live west of Kearney if I were going to settle down in Nebraska, just to be sure I wouldn't be suffering from storm fronts that might pass through.
I don't know how often this type of storm front passes through. My guess is that it is rare.
Another thing people might not know about Nebraska is that there is a large chunk of God-forsaken desert in the north central part of the state. It's called the sand hills. Civilization there is minimal, so it might be best for a camping adventure. The water there has the reputation for being very clean and beautiful. You don't see this area when driving through the state on I-80.
Post by forebearance on Nov 21, 2014 17:00:14 GMT -5
September 2014 Omaha was 4 (GOOD).
I flew from Mpls to Omaha and that always gives you a chance to compare two places on the same day. The Minneapolis suburbs were okay, in terms of air quality. I rated them a 3 (FAIR). But when I got off the plane in Omaha, I felt an immediate increase in energy and I felt lighter.
It had been excruciating to walk and stand in lines in the Mpls. airport. I was able to walk through the Omaha airport with no problem. And I know that the building itself is not pristine.
So Omaha is stil having some good days. They happen in the spring, summer and fall.