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Jun 6, 2018 - Fort Niobrara

Valentine, NE Our day of exploring started at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. It borders the Niobrara National Scenic River so we hiked down to view Fort Falls. The falls were lovely, pumped up by the spring rains, but we discovered a plethora of mosquitoes so the visit was short! The refuge, originally the Fort Niobrara Military Reservation, is home to over 230 species of birds, along with a 350 bison and a small herd of elk. We saw neither elk nor bison. Instead we were entertained by prairie dogs, some of which actually dug...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Neligh Mill

Valentine, NE One of our stops today in the Great Park Pursuit program was Neligh Mill State Historical Park. It is the only mill in Nebraska with the original equipment still intact from the 1880’s. Neligh Mills was one of the largest flour mills in Nebraska with a peak production of 98,000 pounds of flour per day from 1900 to 1920. That means they filled an entire train boxcar with sacks of flour every day. They worked 6 days a week. Amazing. And Gold Medal flour was produced at the mill until May of 1940 when General Mills paid the mill...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Casper to Valentine, NE

A very scenic drive through this part of Wyoming and Northern Nebraska. Hwy 20 meanders through many small towns, most were originally railroad stops. The only street in some of them was the Hwy. We drove through Robinson State Park which was the location of Fort Robinson. It was here that the unarmed Sioux chief Crazy Horse was stabbed to death with bayonets while in the custody of the U.S. Army. Oops! he was resisting! Didn't want to go to jail! For some reason I expected Nebraska to be flat. No so! This part is mostly rolling hills with...

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Jul 17, 2016 - Valentine, Nebraska

One of the joys of traveling on old federal highways is the unexpected treasures found along the way. As we moved east on US-20 through Wyoming into northwestern Nebraska’s sandhill region, we were looking for a spot to spend a night and discovered Fort Robinson State Park, a great example of an unexpected treasure – with two beautiful campgrounds. Established in 1874 as a post-Civil War Indian Agency protective post, Fort Robinson through the years was the scene of the death of famed Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, in 1877; and of the...

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2016-Adventures

Jun 5, 2015 - The Sandhills

Sat May 30 Memorial Day (the real one) Thinking today about all those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and thanking those now serving and all veterans! Are you coming back to see who else was born in the house that Walter Cronkite was? It was former Congressman Isaac C. Parker. You may better know him as “the Hanging Judge” from Fort Smith, AR. Interesting! We had 20-30 mph winds overnight and had closed our slides as a caution. One of the reasons that we chose the model motorhome that we did is the floorplan. We can do...

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May 27, 2015 - Valentine, Nebraska

We have "pitched our tent" in Valentine for the night. We stayed here one night a few summers ago when we left North Dakota because it got so blooming hot up there. we headed for the cooler climes of the Colorado mountains. Storms all around us here tonight as well. Tomorrow, we will set up camp in Rapid City, SD at Ellsworth Air Force Base. We expect to stay there about two weeks. On the way, we stopped in Oakley, KS and saw a neat statue. I took a picture; but, I have done better shots. Only got one.

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Where RV Now?

Oct 3, 2014 - Valentine, Nebraska

Oh, my goodness, what a storm we had last night. Blew over our Direct TV satellite dish…rats! John had to miss the game and I missed some of the new shows on TV. Fortunately, no power or Wi-Fi loss. This morning and afternoon it was gusting at 40 mph. Glad we are not pulling the RV today. Since we didn't have time to take in the town yesterday, we headed to Main St. in the early afternoon. Love this city. There are hearts everywhere. On street signs, on buildings, even on the sidewalks. We walked down the 3 blocks which seemed to encompass...

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Yippee Tyo's!

Oct 2, 2014 - Smith Falls & Wildlife Refuge

Nice and sunny today, here in Valentine, Nebraska. Since we are now on Central Time we lost an hour, so we both slept in till after 0900. By the time we had finished breakfast and showered it was after noon. We don’t like to rush. We drove through the cute little town of Valentine (don’t you love the name?) but decided to see that tomorrow as we had 2 waterfalls and a wildlife refuge to check up on. Toby got to go with us on this outing. Our first stop was Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge. The road we were on was State HY 12, and it is called...

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Yippee Tyo's!

Oct 1, 2014 - The road to Nebraska

What a day! We had to get up and be out by 0900 as they were putting boulders at the entrance and closing the park. Last ones to leave a party...that's us. And, we were out by 0830. A first for us. Usually you have till 1100 to leave. We seldom leave early. It was clear and sunny. A fine day for a road trip. We took HY 385 heading to Nebraska. We drove through the town of Hot Springs. A neat old town that we didn't get a chance to explore, but will next year. Lots of old buildings, right next to a park with an old train station and jail....

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Apr 22, 2013 - Valentine, Nebraska

After we left the factory we headed North towards Montana. We took it slow, only very short drives. When we got here, Valentine, Nebraska a winter storm moved it. The morning we drove here the controls for our furnace stopped working. That leaves us without reliable heat. Once the storm came in and dumped about 3" of snow, we are stuck here. All we have for heat is a small space heater. It does keep the trailer from getting colder than 59 degrees. It is cold but not terrible. We might be stuck here for 3 days until this storm passes. The...

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Travel 2013

Jun 3, 2012 - Valentine, Nebraska

We had a nice, easy drive this morning from North Platte to Valentine, Nebraska. Again, the scenery was beautiful with rolling hills but today we were treated to a number of rivers, streams and spring-fed lakes. We chose Fishberry RV Park about 5 miles outside Valentine to spend the next 3 days. The park is very open and big-rig friendly. There is no cable but the WiFi is quite good. When we drove in the park this afternoon, we noticed another Mobile Suites was here. This is the first Suites we have seen in the RV parks we have stayed in...

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Are We There Yet?

Apr 4, 2012 - Valentine, Nebraska

Well we left Abilene, TX this morning and passed through the rest of Texas with a stop by the Highway Patrol just before we passed into Oklahoma. Just a warning to slow down a little more through the construction zone thankfully! It then took all of 30 minutes to pass through Oklahoma and we were into Kansas. We made 2 stops in Kansas for gas and lunch and Kansas was history and we are now in Nebraska. We stopped for the night at Valentine since it was 10:00pm and we will do the rest tomorrow barring no problems. Only 686 miles tomorrow....

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