2 fulltimers travel blog

Nebraska Welcome Center

The beginning of three great trails

Snow geese

Original Pony Express Station Gothenburg

Buffalo Bill Rodeo Arena

Buffalo Bill's Ranch House

Another symbol of patriotism

Name of Cody ranch-the barn

tie up horse on this block

Barn interior

Our campground is quietly consoling. Being on central time allows us to awaken before most "normal" working people would be up. I don't know how long it will take for our body clocks and 42 yrs of work habits to adapt! After walking we returned to do some chores around the house. Thank goodness Corky can do most all required maintenance. Lubricating parts and washing bug families off the Montana end cap made the morning fly by.

After packing a picnic lunch, we set out to see two museums. The city of North Platte has done a marvelous job of preserving their city/county history. The museum included indoor/outdoor exhibits. We got a big chuckle out of the Sears Roebuck, $2,300 catalog house from the 1890's. The house, German Lutheran church, original school house, and several log cabins have been moved from their original sites to the history museum. Many citizens have donated family heirlooms. Doctors, veternarians, farm equipment, Union Pacific memorabilia, hometown folks with claims to fame, period furniture and clothing are all included.

This is also home to the 4,000 acre ranch of Buffalo Bill Cody. It is managed by the Nebraska Park Service. Our campground is own this property. There is more info re Buffalo Bill than I can even remember. I didn't realized what an honorable citizen he was.

It is hard to go out to eat when you have front row seats to very beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With NO lights in the campground, the starry sky was brightly lit. Roasted marshmallows are the current desert of choice. The trick is to stay awake until the sky is dark enough.

We will be heading out Saturday towards Scotsbluff via route 26, paralleling the Oregon Trail and Platte River. Vast landscape changes should occur.

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