|Today was a travel day. We started packing up earlier than usual & somehow it still turned out to be exactly 11am when we pulled away. I don't get it! Maybe it was all the activity around us that caused a slight problem?
I first caught this fat little squirrel stealing all the bird seed. He was so busy feeding his face I could have walked up & picked him up I think! Then the robins came to check out all the activity. This one was especially friendly, so I had to take the obligatory picture...Then this pretty little Blue Jay came to investigate... I can tell you, I am going to miss Colorado, a lot!!
Heading North on I-25 it didn't take long to kiss the Rocky's goodbye. We were soon viewing rolling, green hills & not much else. We crossed the border into Wyoming & the scenery changed very little. About 40 miles later we crossed the border again into Nebraska.
Now I have never been to the state of Nebraska & didn't quite know what to expect. The only information we had was that the Scottsbluff area was a place to stop and see. I can say that you simply can't appreciate this state while hurrying down the interstate or stopping at a roadside pullout for 5 minutes! After going through all the material the RV Park gave us we can see that we really need to spend a week, or a month here...unfortunately, we can't as we have our site booked in Custer beginning Thursday. The reason we don't like to put ourselves on a schedule. We committed to each other to not do it again. If asked, our answer will have to be "we'll see you when we get there!" LOL
We chose the Robidoux RV Park simply because we liked the looks of it. It is located on the historic Oregon Trail & Pony Express Trail & is surrounded by a beautiful scenic view of Scotts Bluff National Monument & the Wildcat Hills. We got set up easily & then got a bit nervous when the neighbor came by to see if we were aware of the Severe Storm Warning? The storm was expected to hit this county in 35 minutes with 60 mile per hr+ winds & nickel sized hail! Oh no...but, fortunately the storm turned, the winds stopped & it was beautiful...we have the best luck!!
By now it was well past dinner time (at least for BBQ'ing) so we went to town & had one of the best cheeseburgers ever! And then we decided to drive approx 20 miles to Chimney Rock. We were told it was lit at night & very pretty. We arrived there about 9:15pm & it was lit, but very dimly. And you can't drive right up to it. I read you can hike the 1/2 mile to the base with good hiking boots & clothing, essential to cope with the rough terrain, rattlesnakes, and yucca plants. So we plan to go back tomorrow in the daylight. And to explore the Scotts Bluff National Monument. A busy day, but we only have one, so we plan for an early start. I did attempt to take a picture of Chimney Rock this evening. I kind of like it...sure can't tell it's 9:15pm. I'll tell you more of it's history tomorrow. Headed for bed now, goodnight....