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Sep 19, 2019 - Sheridan to Scottsbluff

After getting up Wednesday morning and back on the road at 9:00 we headed to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Our usual next stop has been Fort Laramie but this time we are going a little farther to Scottsbluff to the Riverside RV park. On our route back and forth between Texas and Montana we always go thru Scottsbluff but we have never stopped. It has always been between stops. I had been watching the travels of a you tuber and they had talked about the Scottsbluff National Monument just outside of Scottsbluff. It looked like a very interesting...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Scottsbluff Nebraska

Scottsbluff Nebraska was an interesting stop. It is an historic location with importance to the Oregon, California, and Pony Express Trails. We learned a lot about the travels of the pioneers at museums in the area. It is also a beautiful geologic stop with the bluffs popping up everywhere most notably Castle Rock, Scotts Bluff, and Mitchell Pass along the North Platte River. Finally there was a large reservoir there called Lake Minatare with the only Lighthouse in Nebraska. Of course, we needed to check out a local winery named Papa...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Ample Antelope

Scottsbluff, NE Another travel day – we are travelling fast now. We went 180 miles today! We saw a lot of open prairie again which means antelope. Jim was the driver today, so Sandi was the antelope spotter. We saw 112 antelope today (75 yesterday). Not a competition but if it were…. We saw smoky sky toward Wheatland, WY, where a fire of 32,000 acres was burning. The perimeter is only 77% contained. Once the fire is 100% contained, it does not mean the fire is over. It merely means it will not spread further and will burn itself out. When...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Beautiful Place and People

There was more to see than the 4 hours of park time would have given us yesterday so we chose to spend a second day at Scotts Bluff at a motel in the town of Gering/Terrytown. We returned to the National Park at 9 this morning and drove to the summit of the bluff. The road winds around the edge of the bluff and use the only auto tunnels in Nebraska, as reported to us by one of the rangers. We weren't alone at the summit but it was very quiet. It was cool, about 76 degrees, and the haze from the wildfire was still there so we weren't able to...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Return to the Trail

Today we rejoined the Oregon Trail. We had diverted from it to follow the Lincoln Highway to Sidney NE. Before leaving Sidney we visited the Fort Sidney Museum. The museum contains many excellent exhibits and our docent, Duane Nightingale, told wonderful personal stories. In 1867 the expanding Union Pacific RR established a major freight station in Sidney. Due to increasing tensions with the Indians the US Army established Fort Sidney to protect the RR. When gold was discovered in the Black Hills north of Sidney a flood of prospectors found...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Swetsville Zoo

Scottsbluff, NE Today was a travel day. We wound our way down Big Thompson Canyon, making sure to stop at our favorite store to buy some jams and cherry pie. Our biggie for the day was a visit to Swetsville Zoo. The animals in the "Swetsville Zoo" were all built by Bill Swets -- from car parts, farm machinery, and scrap metal. The dinosaur heads are crankcase pans, and the spinal cords on many of the creatures came from corn pickers. It was fun to try to identify origins of the sculpture parts. There are massive metal spiders built from...

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Up in Door

Jul 15, 2016 - 2 Parks today

July 15 We are headed to the Scottsbluff area today. We have two sites to see today and 1 tomorrow. Today is Scottsbluff NM and Chimney Rock,. We are staying at Riverside RV Park in Scottsbluff. We have a small zoo next door and also the proverbial trains. Scottsbluff NM towers 800 feet above the North Platte River, and has served as a landmark for peoples from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. We check out the movie, get the stamps and head up the hill to the bluff, from here...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Are We There Yet?

Heading west from Grand Island, our first stop was in Kearney where we visited the Archway. Believe it or not, this is an arch over I-80 which depicts the story of the pioneers traveling west. Most of them followed the Lincoln Road which became part of the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the California Trail. I-80 basically follows the Lincoln Road through the Midwest and into the mountains. The Archway was interesting, more so as you knew you were over the Interstate, and they provided earphones with commentary about the trials the...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Toad, turtle and turkeys

Scottbluff, NE Today we pretended to be pioneers and took our covered wagon Suburban into the hills. Scotts Bluff blocked wagon travel along the south bank of the North Platte River, forcing early travelers to go through Robidoux Pass, a natural gateway in the bluffs. This narrow pass carried thousands of emigrants traveling the Oregon-California Trail between 1843 and 1851. Since it was accessed by muddy, rutted, winding roads, that is where we went. From Robidoux Pass, travelers get their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains. Imaging how...

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On the road again

Sep 17, 2015 - Mini mountains

Scottbluff, NE Every year Nebraska sponsors The Great Park Pursuit (GPP). Participants visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska. Clues lead to a GPP post, sometimes very challengingly hidden. A pencil impression of the post proves they were there. Mailing in the rubbings provides entry into drawings for prizes. Since 2008 more than 16,000 Nebraskans have submitted entries. We are amongst them. Yesterday and today were spent in pursuit of those elusive posts. Sometimes they are obvious but sometimes one has to slog through high...

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On the road again

Jul 6, 2014 - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

This is a quick update to let everyone know we have safely arrived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. We drove about 150 miles, most of it through Wyoming. We passed right by Cheyenne and then on through Pine Bluffs, Wyoming before crossing the state line into Nebraska. We saw a lot of unusual things today, right at the state line was a huge white figure, not sure who it was suppose to be. I was wishing we could stop and see, but not in the RV pulling the car. There was no place to park and we were already going pretty fast, maybe next time I can...

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Aug 1, 2013 - Great Falls Montana, to Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Thursday, August 1, 2013 Weather: Gorgeous Sunny Day with thunderstorm in the evening Temp: 60’s in the early morning then up to 88 in the afternoon It was fascinating this morning to look around and see what Aspen Campground looked like. Normally we don’t stay in a National Forest Campground if there is no one else there, but we were really tired and it was late so we pulled into a site and slept in the back of the Tahoe. It didn’t look quite as intimating in the day light and we sat at the picnic table and enjoyed breakfast in the...

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