There were about 7 deer in this spot right before we got there. Of course, we aren't the quietest people, and we scared them off.
A short walk from the Lodge is the Tree Adventure. It is a huge area with trails, tree houses, bridges, and fun sculpture things along the way--and fun places to take pictures.
The 3 bears' chairs were out along the path, so we got a papa bear, momma bear, and little baby bear picture.
They had a lot of cool outdoor things to do including these awesome xylophones that Ben and the kids enjoyed playing and making music for a long time. Again, we were the only ones in the place, so we could stay as long as we wanted and play, play, play.
This is us in the lobby. The picture doesn't do it justice. It is 3 stories high and just beautiful!
After our day/night in Nebraska City we drove 45 minutes farther North to Omaha to go to the amazing Henry Doorly Zoo. We LOVE this zoo! We go there at least once a year. Omaha is about a 4 1/2 hour drive for us. It was cold, windy, and snowing, but thankfully the smart zoo people have almost all the animals inside of really cool buildings. The penguins were a favorite, but Miss E really liked this Octopus.
Miss O and Miss A in the butterfly house. Did you know that butterflies only live 1-4 weeks? They have a butterfly nursery in the butterfly house and they get 500 butterfly cocoons a week that they "hatch" there and then put in the butterfly house. Super cool place! (even though it was very warm in there!)
Mr J drives the safari jeep away in the Jungle as we head for our hotel home to swim. Saturday morning Ben and I were able to attend the Winter Quarters Temple also, which one of the main reasons we went on the trip. So where have you always wanted to go? I was excited I found the Lied Lodge. Sometimes the coolest places are little tucked away things that you don't ever hear much about. I heard about it when I joined the Arbor Day Foundation. So, our winter blues are eased a bit now, and I think we can handle the next (hopefully) few weeks of winter :) but I am already planning when we can get back up to the Lied Lodge again in the spring!