2015 Western Roadtrip Day 5

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June 14th 2015
Published: June 15th 2015
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Day 5:

Left the CG in Ogallala, NE just before 9 AM. Made a quick stop at Walmart for ice, some meds, and a replacement daylight running light for the

Trailblazer. Headed west on US 26. Stopped first at Chimney Rock National Monument which has a very nice visitors center. Second stop was Scotts

Bluff NE - - another nice visitors center. The bluff is quite spectacular when viewed from the visitors center. Both of these NE really emphasize what

an ordeal the pioneers went through to open the west. They also clearly pointed out the impact on the native American Indians. Last visit was to Agate

Fossil Bed NE about half way between Mitchell, NE and Harrison, NE (population 251). What a neat place Agate is! Really nice displays of some of the

fossils (whole skeletons) Turns out that they discovered a bunch of previously unknown species at this site. They had a picture of Olaf Peterson who was

the first person to really understand the value of this site. He is the spitting image of my Grandfather Hixson!! Especially with his sunburned face with

white forehead.

We are hoping to get two spaces at the Famcamp at Ellsworth AFB to use as a base while touring the Badlands, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and

maybe Wind & Jewel Caves (don’t think we’ll get Gena to go into any of the caves). Won’t find out if we can get in there until tomorrow morning.

Additional photos below
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Scotts Bluff NMScotts Bluff NM
Scotts Bluff NM

This is just a part of the Bluff (the best part!)
Agate Fossil Beds NMAgate Fossil Beds NM
Agate Fossil Beds NM

These are University Hill (left) and Carnegie Hill where the fossil deposits are located. They are about a mile SW of the Visitors Center.

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