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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 » 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

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 » Broken Bow September 19th 2014

AUGUST 28, 2014 I stopped by Buffalo Bill’s ranch in North Platte this morning but it wasn’t open yet so all I got was a picture of the house. If I ever finally win the lottery I would like to build one just like it somewhere else. The gas station that I stopped at in North Platte had two kinds of gas; regular and super. Both were 87 octane but the regular was $3.499 and the super was $3.299. Over in Broken Bow I was able to run down the location of Great Grampa George Sylvester’s homestead and obtain a copy of the land patent and a plat map showing where it was. I called the present owners, but did not reach them so did not get access to the land. It was about 11.5 miles ... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Valentine August 28th 2014

HOW NOT TO WRITE A TRAVEL BLOG ... ... For Dummies We have decided to contact Custom Publishing, the publishers of the For Dummies series, as we believe we may be onto something here! It's a good thing we are continuing on with the theme of not including much about the places we are visiting because I'm out of words for how to describe a whole State's worth of farms, agriculture, fields, cattle, rolling hills, sheep, horses, tractors, thunderclouds, and rain, mostly spanning Nebraska. It was our longest day both in terms of butts in the seat and hours spent on the road, starting out in the dark at 5:30 am this morning, where I discovered my high beams aren't working, finishing 11 hours and 730 kms later here in Valentine, Nebraska where our welcoming committee ... read more
Dighton, Kansas Bowl and Diner
Dighton, Kansas Bowl and Diner
Dighton, Kansas Bowl and Diner

North America » United States » Nebraska » Lincoln July 30th 2014

Geo: 40.8136, -96.7077If I said corn again today, would you believe me? I'm not lyen' , honest. We left Davenport, Iowa at 8:00 AM and 64 degrees. We got an early start today because we were up early, thanks to the time change. So, off we went, down the interstate, headed for Lincoln, Nebraska. We drove well over 300 miles through…ah…you guessed it, corn fields. I am now loving these corn fields. They are pretty, with the golden corn flowers blooming on each plant, casting a yellow haze over the fields like a shroud protecting the plants from the hot sun. As we moved further west, the flat planes began to roll a bit with small hills, undulating ever so gently over the ground. And by the time we reached the other side of the state, ... read more
Wind turbines in Iowa
More corn
More corn

North America » United States » Nebraska » Scottsbluff July 14th 2014

As we crossed the border into Nebraska we stopped at the Visitor Centre and chatted to Randy who worked part time whilst his wife was the local minister. The building was in the middle of nowhere but apparently used to be a chain burger-bar- not sure who ate there though as there did not seem to be any houses around for miles. It was different to most others VC we had been in, the layout was more like a ‘home’, including lounge sofas and lots of ornaments and memorabilia. We had coffee which was free and help yourself to what you want and we chatted to Randy for ages before heading off with a pile of brochures he insisted we would need about Nebraska and the area as well as some useful advice. We were following ... read more
Taking a rest
Scotts Bluff
Flowers at the bluff

North America » United States » Nebraska » Kearney June 18th 2014

Herman Reinders Lived and worked his farm near Alliance Nebraska until his death in 1982. As friends and family gathered to pay respects to him, there were discussions of a memorial. In June of 1987 35 of his friends and family gathered and built Carhenge. It was officially dedicated on the Summer solstice in 1987. I visited Carhenge the first time in 2007. Although not much has changed in the past 7 years I couldn't resist a return visit. Carhenge will be in the path of the Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Maybe a 3rd visit will be in order. More photos... read more

North America » United States » Nebraska » Scottsbluff June 17th 2014

The Planes were at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Shown here is one of the X-Wing Fighters used to defend Colorado from the Empire. The Trains Autos and Bikes were at the Forney Transportation Museum on the North Side of Denver, They literally had cars of all shapes and sizes. Wait, thats no ordinary Buffalo, that's a Cell Tower. After the museums I headed north out of Colorado and into Nebraska. I ended up in Scottsbluff which is about an hour from.... CARHENGE! BTW: I'm in Southwest Nebraska, The Tornadoes today were in Northeast Nebraska, tomo... read more

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