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Aug 3, 2020 - A fond farewell

North Platte, NE We had packed some of the gear last night in preparation for leaving today. We wanted to use up as much food as we could. We had leftover pancakes. We had leftover ice cream. A perfect combination! We were quite pleased with how well we had done on purchasing the right amount of food overall. We were also very pleased with how the week had gone and with the sights we had seen. We hiked a variety of trails, some easy and some challenging, in temperatures between 46 and 80 degrees and made it up as high as 12,310' above sea...

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Jul 26, 2020 - Long day

North Platte, NE We have difficulty simply driving somewhere in a direct line. We should have taken 3 hours and 50 minutes to travel 268 miles to our hotel for the night. Instead we used up 9 1/2 hours and covered 371 miles in the course of the day. We participate in both the Great Park Pursuit and the Nebraska Passport programs. For the Great Park Pursuit, we stopped at 3 of the 20 parks designated. The parks are spread throughout the state so that is not a simple feat. Nor is locating the post with plate for doing the rubbings as the...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Maloney Reservoir State Recreation Area (Kansas Point Campground)

We camped at here at Lake Maloney from Monday, September 3 through Saturday, September 7. This turned out to be one of the best campsites that we have had so far this year. The campground is situated on a small peninsula and out site was the farthest out to the tip of land. We had a huge area of mowed lawn with a great view of one of the lakes coves. No one was camped near us and the campground host was very friendly chatting with us several times. We had an opportunity to do some kayaking. One time around the cove looking at all the...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody chose North Platte Nebraska to build his home and ranch. Here he entertained dignitaries from around the world. We toured his home and the barn. The photos posted sort of explain themselves. After our visit here we drove to a park in North Platte named after him called Cody Park. That posting is listed as well.

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Sep 5, 2019 - Cody Park & the UP Challenger Train

Cody Park is located in North Platte Nebraska named after Buffalo Bill Cody whose home and ranch is nearby. The park has a free exhibit by the Union Pacific Railroad who is a major employer in North Platte. The exhibit displays the "Challenger Locomotive and some additional rail cars, A diesel locomotive, and a train station museum. The neat thing is that you could climb aboard and walk all over the engines and cars. Additionally, the park has a campground (we didn't stay here} and some live animal exhibits, picnic and sport fields....

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Sep 4, 2019 - Union Pacific Bailey Yard

Bailey Yard is the world's largest railroad classification yard, a complex series of tracks for storing, sorting, or loading and unloading railroad cars and locomotives. this location has repair shops for the engines and rail cars as well. It is operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. The tourist feature of this yard is the Golden Spike Tower with an open-air and another enclosed observation area for viewing the sprawling rail yard below. \The tower has several exhibits about train history but the one that caught our attention was the one...

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Aug 27, 2019 - North Platte

We left Greenwood, Nebraska this morning around 0830 and we arrived in North Platte at 1230. The distance was 247 miles. Traffic was light and there were no traffic jams nor construction projects that slowed us down. There were at least six construction sites but the state slows traffic from 75 to 65 mph which is the speed we drive so for us there were no delays. Ross set the cruise control to 65 upon entering the I-80 Interstate upon leaving Greenwood and never changed it until we reached North Platte. The campground, Holiday RV Park, is a...

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Jun 7, 2019 - Trains, Trains and more Trains

We spent a night at the Golden Spike Tower, which is located at the largest rail yard in the world. This Harvest Host site was a very easy in and out, and since we got there early afternoon, we were able to check out the gift shop and do the tour. Pretty incredible place when you hear the statistics. They process nearly 14000 rail cars every day. The Humps (small hills in the tracks) to "launch the cars" down the hill were very cool. Once the car is released, the track switches control which cars go down which track to build the outgoing...

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Trip Journal

Summer 2019

Sep 3, 2018 - Jack and Deb are coming! Demo time!

The month of September was a busy month for us. Jack and Deb came from Illinois the first week of September. We were so excited to have them here. On September 7th we began demo on the kitchen and the fireplace. WHAT A MESS!!!The kitchen is now more open and looks so much nicer. We moved the kitchen table to the sitting area and that will be our dining room. The formal dining area will now become our laundry and pantry area. On September 8th we took out the fireplace and began to measure out for the new room. I am so excited. Our pantry...

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Aug 23, 2018 - Putting up a new privacy fence

Candy and I decided to put up a fence to keep our dogs and the neighbors dogs from barking at each other every day. It's been a struggle for us and the neighbors as their dog is very territorial and doesn't like other dogs (or people). We have had to let each other know when we are putting our dogs out so we don't let them out at the same time. We decided that if our back porch lights are on then those dogs are out and you have to wait until the light goes out before you let yours out. It truly became a big mess. This new fence will help...

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Jul 8, 2018 - The floor demo begins

Well we have started the floors in the kitchen and formal dining area. We have taken the hardwood out and will replace it in the future with ceramic or laminate. We talked about our plans and have decided to redo the kitchen. The floors can't go in until the new cabinets are in. We have painted the floor to protect it for now. We will see how things go and what we get ourselves into. The plan is to move the washer and dryer out of the kitchen and make the fireplace area our laundry and pantry area. This will help open up our kitchen and put...

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May 15, 2018 - Settled in our new house!!

What an adventure this has been. We are finally settled in and making plans for the changes we want to make. We have talked about a lot of changes (more than we wanted), but in the end it will be ours. We are going to take up the floors in the kitchen and dining room (fireplace area) and replace it with probably tile. This room will eventually become the laundry and pantry room. Currently the laundry room is in the kitchen :( The fireplace is in an odd space in the house. We have really wanted a fireplace but this just in a bad spot. The...

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