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North America » United States » Nebraska » Grand Island August 15th 2015

THE BASICS Really, we have driven from Indiana to Nebraska through a lot of rolling hills and flat fields. We spent a warm day in Chicago, and have enjoyed college towns in Iowa - Iowa City and Grinnell. It has been quite hot, up to the 90's, but breezes during the days and air conditioning indulgence at night have helped us be relatively comfortable. We should get to our target of Fort Collins, CO, by Tuesday, as planned. THE FLUFF John began his birthday celebration with an extended internet session. We motored to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. They have a huge collection of very old RV's, which are very rustic and made us appreciate ours even more. They have the first Fleetwood Bounder ever made - quite different from our model. We ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Omaha July 11th 2015

This will be a relatively short post as our recent trip to Omaha was just a short one to visit the zoo. However, I’ll post plenty of photos which will probably show what we did better than I can describe it. As I mentioned, there was really only one reason that took us to Omaha – it’s zoo. It has a reputation for being the best in the world which is a massive call for a zoo that sits in pretty much in the middle of nowhere. However, we’d heard nothing but good stories about it, and it’s only just over two hours drive away so decided to head up for the weekend. We made the short drive up and checked into the hotel before ducking into Omaha to explore. The first thing that struck us ... read more
The Dancing Fountain
Riding the Camel

North America » United States » Nebraska June 14th 2015

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 ... read more
Chimney Rock NM
Scotts Bluff NM
Agate Fossil Beds NM

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 June 13th 2015

Day 4: Got up to a foggy but sunny morning. The sun raised the fog and it turned into a mostly cloudy day BUT NOT WET!. We drove over to the Homestead National Monument of America. It is a very nice and interesting facility and I was surprised at the number of people visiting the facility. We spent a couple hours there going through the exhibits. Jena (Magee’s grand daughter) completed her Junior Ranger tasks for the monument and earned a badge. We then drove all the way to North Platte where we stopped for fuel. I was so mad at the guy in front of me, that I forgot to pick up my receipt - - the guys had parked at the front gas pump then both went inside to to get burgers before they ... read more
Early Homestead home

North America » United States » Nebraska » Beatrice June 12th 2015

Thursday, 11 June, 2015 Another trip begins. This year our granddaughter, Jenna, is ten and will be traveling with us. My cousins, Gena and Bob, arrived at our house yesterday afternoon. We were still trying to get the trailer loaded and it was a hot, sticky day for it. As we were finishing supper, Michael and Jamie came by with Jenna's bicycle, and stayed for a short visit. We all showered and headed for bed early. Thursday morning we were up early, had a hearty breakfast casserole, and finished packing the camper. David came by and brought us some of his beef jerky for the trip, and helped us hook up the camper to the truck. Kim brought Jenna and we got all her gear loaded before heading out, sweating like mules in the muggy morning ... read more
Clarence Cannon Dam
Mark Twain Lake
Big wrenches

North America » United States » Nebraska June 11th 2015

Sucks to be me today! I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, looked outside and what did I see? Pouring rain - rained all night and was still coming down heavy this morning. I dawdled and wondered "should I go or should I stay?" After looking at all the weather predictions and seeing the storm front is coming from the west, I figured I might as well go. So I packed everything and covered it with waterproof stuff, put on my greenhouse suit and boots and headed out. Well, let me tell you about rain. It didn't let up until I arrived in Grand Island at about 3 pm. Everything is wet. My good rain pants decided, with no real logic, to no longer be waterproof. The whole seat of ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska April 29th 2015

Camping out for the night in an ex-KOA about three hours from downtown Denver. :)... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Kearney March 29th 2015

My friends and I were drinking coffee at our hotel last night when a friendly woman stopped by to ask us if we were in town to see the birds. We had no idea what she was talking about, and so she had to explain to us that Kearney, Nebraska is the "sandhill crane capital of the world." Apparently, 80% of the world's sandhill cranes migrates through the area along the Platte River in Kearney, Nebraska. I guess it's a sight to see! And the peak of the migration was going on right when we were in town. Fortuitous! So, before my friends and I separated to drive to our perspective homes on Sunday, we decided to first go for a drive and check out the sandhill cranes. We stopped by a visitor's center at Fort ... read more
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill cranes flying over corn fields
More Sandhill Cranes

North America » United States » Nebraska » Kearney March 28th 2015

I can't tell you how many times I've driven underneath the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska. It extends across I-80, so anyone who's driven through Nebraska has seen it. Yet I never stopped.... ...Until today! (Most of the photos of the monument and trail are posted at the bottom of this page.) I don't really know what to call the monument. A museum, perhaps? It's designed by Disney, and it's an audio tour of the migration west across the United States. Wherever you're standing in the monument, your headset picks up the proper channel for what you're looking at. So, you can move through the exhibits quickly or leisurely. It first discussed the first settlers who moved west in wagons on various trails, like the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail. It talked ... read more
Ready for the tour of the monument.
Entrance to the museum/monument.
Up in the archway

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