Blogs from Chadron, Nebraska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Nebraska » Chadron June 14th 2015

Saturday, 13 June, 2015 We had heavy fog this morning at ye olde truck stop, but the skies cleared quickly. It was a quiet night for a truck stop campground, but got busy fairly early this morning. We drove a few miles west from Beatrice to Homestead National Monument. The visitor center has wonderful displays of the life of the homesteaders who settled in Nebraska and elsewhere after the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act offered 160 acre tracts of land free to people who were willing to live and work the land. There were displays of tools, furniture, clothing, and farm and home implements. They also had a cabin that belonged to the Freeman family, that owned the 160 acres where the park now sits. Jenna got her first Jr. Ranger badge there. From ... read more
Jenna, Jr. Ranger
Early farm equipment
Freeman Cabin

North America » United States » Nebraska » Chadron September 21st 2014

AUGUST 29, 2014 Had lunch in a silly little place called Harrison, NE. The only eating place in town was in the Longhorn Saloon. The walls are festooned with the skins of about 20 large rattlesnakes. I ordered a burger, fries, and a diet Squirt. The Longhorn Saloon may be the only place in America where you can still get Diet Squirt. The burger was pretty good, but of course fresh vegetables are unheard of in Harrison so it just came with some sour pickles. A few miles off to the north of Harrison is the Warbonnet Creek Battleground. It is up a pretty bad road, and is hard to find and a bit difficult to access by foot right after you just had lunch with 20 rattlers. When I left there the “check engine” light ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Chadron June 26th 2011

Today, I explored Fort Robinson State Park. The park is known for both natural beauty and history, so I spent a day on each. Today is nature. The park is located in the middle of the White River Valley. The valley is the first on the trip that appears like the stereotype of a western landscape, towering bluffs covered in pine trees surrounding a wide open valley. In many ways, it is an appetizer for what is to come. My main activity was a hike to and through the bluffs closest to the actual fort. I used it as a warm up. The landscape is like the ones I will encounter later on a smaller scale. The trail starts by passing through a wide open field with the bluffs in the distance. It’s very tempting to ... read more
Fort Robinson Bluffs
Cookout area
Fort Robinson from the bluffs

North America » United States » Nebraska » Chadron September 8th 2006

Well… Here we are sitting (or in Carl’s case lying) in the back of the pickup somewhere in Chadron State Park south of Chadron, Nebraska. Tonight was our test drive of the “turck camping” experience… I.e., take everything (including the bikes) out of the back of the truck and put it into the front of the truck - except for the camping gear… Quite a puzzle… and tonight we cheated by “storing” some of the stuff beneath the truck! All-in-all it is doable… just takes time - and to think that tonight we did it in the dark!! So what happened today? Statistics Starting Destination: Kearney, Nebraska Ending Destination: Chadron State Park, Nebraska Miles Driven: 400 Backtrack Miles Driven: 9 Yes, dear readers we made the mistake of following the bill-board rather than the map and ... read more

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