My daughter and I went on a riverfront hiking adventure a few nights ago, and this is one of the photos she was patient enough to let me stop and take. She was much more impressed by the soft river sand high on the bank than the pedestrian bridge or Omaha skyline. We started around sunset and stayed until we needed our flashlights to navigate our way back through the budding shrubs. And few things impress a four-year-old more than a flashlight, so needless to say, we had a great time. We’re planning on many more local adventures as the weather gets warmer.
The holiday lights in downtown Omaha are spellbinding. I spent about an hour there last night in the mist and fog, and it’s as if the whole city was transformed into some mystical elsewhere. No matter how many times I stroll through downtown at this time of year, I’m instantly returned to childhood, giddy and captivated. If you haven’t been down to see them, make time for it. Take your children, your spouse, your friends. It’s simply amazing. For the procrastinators out there, our dining room has become a temporary gallery for last-minute Christmas gifts. Email me if you’re interested in stopping by to browse through the big selection of prints I have on hand. An added bonus is that you’ll see a 30X60 print of my favorite local photo, which I’ve never shared (nor will ever share) online.
The twinkling cityscape of downtown Omaha as admired from Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs. If you haven’t witnessed this view from the comparative silence of the CB riverfront recently, you should. On a cold winter’s night, the only sound is from the ice discs floating down the Missouri River from the Great Cold North, creating an eerie chatter as they spin into each other en route to warmer places. I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m not looking forward to the day when the quiet sandy banks on the Iowa side are replaced by condominiums and shopping centers. Late last year, news stories started emerging, reporting the Urban Land Institute’s vision of transforming the area into one of “dense urban living for young professionals,” which sounds repulsive to me. Here’s one vote for leaving the Iowa riverfront wild and green.