As you may have heard or read by now, we are moving to Nebraska. I wanted to give a little more information on the town. It barely has a spot on the map … York, Nebraska. Zip Code: 68467. In 20120 the population was 7,766. There are 55,000 people in Bartlett, and 11,000 in Arlington, TN, the towns I grew up in. Our current location, Hot Springs is the home of 35,587 people. I mean, my high school had 2400 students… Needless to say, York is minuscule compared to to all these numbers.
And it excites us. We are looking forward to such a small town- yes there will be that whole “small town state of mind,” but I’d rather raise my babies there than in a big city (not that Hot Springs is a big city …). All their parks have been redone; we played at one when we visited and it was awesome! There is a small college there, York College of Nebraska. I was impressed to read on their website, “York College’s Teacher Education program received national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This means they hold the same accreditation as Henderson State University where I earned my BSE in early childhood education. This is good news for the future, when we decide it is time for me to go back to work. However, I do need to see how my degree/licensure moves from here to there.
According to The Weather Channel, the averages for York, Nebraska look something like this:
York, NE (68467) Weather Facts
- On average, the warmest month is July.
- The highest recorded temperature was 111°F in 1954.
- January is the average coolest month.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -24°F in 1989.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.
The warmest it has ever been in York, is 111*…. in 1954. Seriously? It’s that hot here, half the summer! And they have community swimming pools; how are you supposed to swim in July when it is only 90*? I guess we will get acclimated, haha. I am looking forward to it. I know JTom will enjoy cooler weather. This also means the camping season in Nebraska is longer- it will be much easier to have the kids out camping and fishing when it isn’t 105* at 12:00pm in the afternoon. So, after considering selling the camper, because really a popup is a bit small for a family of 4 with a 2 year old and a baby, I think we are going to try to make it work. I’m not sure how, but we definitely want to enjoy camping again. So, we will see how it goes.
Aside from the big change in temperature, we will be experiencing a different type of geography, as well. Though it doesn’t have a lot of trees or any mountains, in comparison to Arkansas, it does have hills. Nebraska is more like western Tennessee, rolling hills and flat plains. MapsofWorld.com says this about Nebraska:
“The state comprises two major land regions:
Dissected Till Plains: Covering the eastern fifth of Nebraska, the Dissected Till Plains consist of rolling hills crisscrossed by streams and rivers. The region is fertile and suitable for growing corn, soybeans, and sorghum grain. The northern section of the Plains is known as the Loess Hills.
Great Plains of Nebraska: The area lying to the west of the Till Plains is referred to as the Great Plains. The region comprises several smaller, diverse land regions, including the Sandhills, the Pine Ridge, the Rainwater Basin, the High Plains and the Wildcat Hills. The highest point in the state, Panorama Point lies in this region.”
York is located in the eastern part of the state, which is rolling hills. The terrain is marked with some sharp, steep hills which look like small mountains; these were created by the melting and shifting of ice glaciers (this was a geography lesson JTom gave me on our trip up there). It is really fascinating to see on the drive up; there are also little tributaries all over. The Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail goes along the entire eastern border of Nebraska. The Oregon Trail crosses Nebraska as well. Nebraska is home to Arbor Day, Kool Aid, vice grips, Warren Buffet, and Cabela’s. I’m pretty sure somewhere not to far from us there must be a gigantic Cabelas.
I am going to wrap this post up for now, but there will probably be a Nebraska, Part II.