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Jun 13, 2013 - Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock - western Nebraska

Pony Soldier RV Park, outside of Fort Laramie, was our home for the next three days. We wanted to visit several historic areas: Fort Laramie, Scotts Bluff, the Oregon Ruts, and Chimney Rock, all important to the westward expansion/Oregon Trail period of US history. Our first trek was a ride on the motorcycle to western Nebraska to visit Chimney Rock National Historic Site and Scotts Bluff National Monument. During our 126 mile trip, we saw a lot of farming: alfalfa, wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar beets, hay and of course, cattle grazing land...

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May 1, 2012 - Day Trip: Scotts Bluff National Monument, NE

Scottsbluff National Monument is today’s destination. What can I say? Today is more about pictures than words. We stop at the Visitor Center. We talk with the rangers. We watch the video and look at the exhibits. I get my stamps. We drive to the top of the bluff. The views along the 1.6-mile drive are spectacular. We go through three tunnels. At the top, we hike to the South Viewpoint. I see a red fox briefly. I wish I got a picture. I walk to the North Viewpoint and start down the Saddle Rock Trail. John is in charge of getting the RV...

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Aug 25, 2011 - Sand Hills and Scotts Bluff

We made the most of waking early due to our last time change to mountain time, and headed through the Sand Hills towards the town of Scotts Bluff, but first to good old Home Depot for more plumbing fittings..yes another leak! Then onwards to an RV park in Gering with a wonderful view of Scotts Bluff; the bluff being the rock formation left over from when there were High Plains about 10 million years ago that over time eventually eroded away. Its imposing size and adjacent badlands inspired the Indian name Me-a-papte, "hill that is hard to...

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Aug 11, 2010 - Scotts Bluff National Monument

The Oregon, California, Mormon, Pony Express trail. A 19th century landmark which towers 830 feet above the plain. The pioneer's used this landmark as a guide on the trail to lead them in the right direction. Some of the wagon wheel marks are still visible today. I found it amazing that anyone would even think of doing this trail. The land is dry,rocky and sometimes there were washouts where the wagon would go.They also had limited food and water for drinking or bathing. They make it look so easy in the movies. I can't imagine anyone being...

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Jul 12, 2010 - Day Two Held A Little More Adventure

From Karen: We're even more exhausted tonight than last. Our internal clocks had us up at 5 a.m. and on the road by 7. Made it another 575 miles, but a lot more interesting terrain. After coming through rain storms early, we enjoyed the view of the massive wind turbines that pepper the landscape along I80 through the remainder of the state. (Cedric, they are amazing!) There's something about them that make you feel like they are alive...a little creepy, but awesome nonetheless. And whoever said that Nebraska was boring...well, they've...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff is in far western Nebraska. The sandstone bluffs and badlands running down to the Platte River created an obstacle to the covered wagons forcing them to make a 8 mile detour through Mitchell Pass. We climbed to the top of the Bluff and could see Chimney Rock 20 miles away. The mountain men named Scotts Bluff after a trapper that died at the bluff. He was seriously injured by a grizzly bear in Wyoming so the mountain men leader told two of his friends to float him down the river in a boat to the bluffs. There the other men would...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Scotts Bluff

From Gothenburg we headed toward Scotts Bluff to stay at the Robidioux camp ground. On our way we stopped at Windless Hill the steepest point on the Oregan trail. This was at Ash Hollow. The ruts were still visible and it was hard to imagine how they ever took their wagons down those hills. After Ash Hollow we went to Court House and Jail Rock, Chimney Rock and Carhenge.

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May 22, 2008 - Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff, Nebraska

Chimney Rock is one of those places you could easily miss, but it is a National Monument just before you arrive in Scotts Bluff, which is also a National Monument. Chimney Rock was seen by the early pioneers along the Oregon Trail days before they arrived. Kind of a halfway point along their trail. They carved their names on this rock as they passed. Scotts Bluff is hard to describe. It is a huge rock, bluff, or mountain, in the Wester part of Nebraska, hard to describe, but you can drive up to the top, and look way down. The day we were...

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Oct 12, 2007 - Scott's Bluff

Another morning of updating the journal and then a short driving day. Leaving Laramie we cross the last on the mountains; I think I am going to miss these passes. I did try not to think about how fast we were using up fuel on these long climbs. We arrived at Scott's Bluff about 3:30, in time for a good tour. The park people provide free shuttle rides to the top; so we didn't have to unhook the Jeep. They have two wagons out front, a Conestoga and a Murphy. The Murphy was used by those crossing the Trail. It only required two oxen where the...

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