Adventureland to Amazon to Home 2017 travel blog

I've looked forward to stopping in this little town

Sleepy Sunflower RV Park

 

I guess Boot Hill wouldn't be called Boot Hill if it wasn't...

Keeping watch

 

Anyone want to meet me there?

Overlooking Ogallala

Visitor Center for Lake McConaughy/Kingsley Dam recreation area

I'd sure love to see one of these. They say hundreds come...

 

On Lake Ogallala

The birds were frantic. I'd love to know what and why? They'd...

Full blown mania!

I have a picture of penguins in Montana and now Nebraska.

Where the eagles feed in the winter. Note all the birds flying...

The picture does not do the activity justice. There were dozens and...

So many, you could hear their wings. I'm glad I have no...

 

 

I had a steak sandwich in the building at the far end.

The steak was so-so, as was the environment.

I'm in the saloon and sporting the t-shirt I wore to the...

I should get back to shooting houses again. I didn't take many...

 

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This is the Mansion on a Hill Museum...yes, closed. I will imagine...

And flowers. Had to touch this one to be sure it was...

 

 

 

Hooray for cowboys and those who settled the West

 


My photos will tell you about the interesting/scenic/cool places I visited today, but they will not tell you about the EIGHT places I visited to find a simple t-shirt that said OGALLALA on it. I finally found a hooded gray sweatshirt with that simple name at SAPPS gas station. Every place I stopped suggested somewhere else and I am now pretty familiar with Ogallala. Not that it's very big. Or near anywhere. Or has ANYTHING that fulfills the inner Gus/Call/Pea Eye/Lorena thing that calls for something to hold on to. To authenticate that all those Lonesome Dove characters existed and rode right through this little town en route to Montana. Doesn't Ogallala realize there are still a few of us around who care? (Believe ;-D )

I had lunch at a place that most resembled anything nearing the days of Lonesome Dove with their Western storefronts, a little western museum, saloon...but even they had nothing, excepting a newspaper page taped to a door. Their gift shop doesn't open until Memorial Day!

So with empty hands, I went to Boot Hill, then drove 8 miles out to Lake McConaughy and found when I got back to the HitchHiker that all my lake pictures were blurry. There was a smaller lake named...wait for this...Lake Ogallala at the base of Lake McConaughy's Kingsley Dam and those photos came out fine. The area was beautiful and had almost 2 miles of picnic areas. At 3500' elevation and now in the 2nd week of May...the trees were all leafed out and assuring us Spring had sprung.

Tippi Hedren could not have tolerated my visit to the spillway...Alfred Hitchcock would have loved it.



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