Nebraska's Scenery ;)

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Nebraska country side.

Ah! We hit the road again this morning at 10:30, hoping to have a better day today after a great nights sleep. We quickly cut over to Nebraska where we ended up on 20 hwy instead of 12 hwy but enjoyed it none the less. When we realized we were on the highway running parallel but below 12 we just cut back up where we were supposed to be and continued on. Our first stop was the Niobrara State Park in Nebraska. It was soooo gorgeous. It's a great state park that goes with the landscape and not against it. Plus there were a lot of bluffs where you could take pictures and b/c of how they constructed the park you couldn't see a single road and it looked like one huge forest. The river ran around 2 sides of the park and made great photographic moments too. There was an awesome breeze rolling over the hills so you stayed nice and cool throughout your visit.

They're called the cornhuskers for a reason.
There was also cabins to rent plus the park had a swimming pool which I thought was a great idea.

We continued West across the state to Verdel where we got some pics of a wood Lewis & Clark figure and learned about George Shannon. We saw some great Historical Markers (some of them gave us very short notice to stop to see them but we just did a u-ey) one of them was Lewis & Clark camped near the MO river. Another was one remembering some airmen lost in a crash near Naper and was a very humbling experience. A marker that was very inspiring was the one for the Clopton family. They homesteaded in Nebraska on 16 acres given to them by the Government with the families promise to raise trees to help bring trees to the Nebraska area. Many people decided to do this but very few had enough grit to survive the hard times and make it in Nebraska.

Corn
The site is still owned by the family and their Grandchildren had the plaque was mounted in 1997 to commemorate their families courage.

Our next stop was the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (which was another short notice sign and we did a u-ey to see this one too lol) We got some great pictures of Prairie Dogs (they must reproduce faster than anything known to man b/c they were ALL OVER this refuge). We saw some Buffalo's too but they were to shy to come play with our Jetta. The elk however were more than willing to pose for pictures. There were two of them and we couldn't tell if the one laying in the grass was a fake to keep the other elk (prolly a male lol jk jk) in the area or not. We then went to the Fort Falls in the refuge where I was pleasantly surprised with a 45 foot waterfall that was gorgeous.

and more corn!
However the hike down was definitely easier than the hike up the stairs/ramps and hills. By the time I reached the top I thought I was going to have an asthma attack and I don't even have asthma lol. It was prolly the elevation...or maybe b/c I'm out of shape (I blame the latter).

Our last historical marker was the history on the Sandhills which were everywhere!! They went from a scattering of rolling hills to very frequent rolling hills to just plum invading the territory. We got some great shots of the setting sun as we ended our trip in Chadron at 8:02 pm after 10 hrs of driving!!(yes we were on schedule today). Until tomorrow!

Ciao <3

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Nebraska country side.
Nebraska country side.
Theyre called the cornhuskers for…
They're called the cornhuskers fo…
Corn
Corn
and more corn!
and more corn!
Rolling hills
Rolling hills
Corn! Woo!
Corn! Woo!
Near Niobrara State Park.
Near Niobrara State Park.
The entrance to Niobrara.
The entrance to Niobrara.
Niobrara River.
Niobrara River.
State park country side.
State park country side.
Niobrara River and Park
Niobrara River and Park
Me & corn
Me & corn
Milo..or something lol
Milo..or something lol
Ooo the road!
Ooo the road!
Hilly roads.
Hilly roads.
Rolls of corn.
Rolls of corn.
Motorcycles headed our way!
Motorcycles headed our way!
Oooooo corn.
Oooooo corn.
Another part of Niobrara River.
Another part of Niobrara River.
Me & Beethoven, Niobrara S.P.a
Me & Beethoven, Niobrara S.P.a
Me & Beethoven
Me & Beethoven
Beethoven telling everyone hi!
Beethoven telling everyone hi!
LOL hes waving.
LOL he's waving.
Goofing off lol.
Goofing off lol.
Closer look at the river.
Closer look at the river.
A lake at the Niobrara S.P.
A lake at the Niobrara S.P.
Again.
Again.
Funky wood bridge.
Funky wood bridge.
Bridge and lake.
Bridge and lake.
Highest point at the park.
Highest point at the park.
Hills of the park.
Hills of the park.
Leaving the park.
Leaving the park.
Niobrara.
Niobrara.
Nio River again.
Nio River again.
and again...
and again...
Yet again...
Yet again...
Long shot of the river.
Long shot of the river.
Beethoven again!
Beethoven again!
Nio river.
Nio river.
Lewis & Clark wood sculpture at Ve…
Lewis & Clark wood sculpture at V…
L & C Sculpture.
L & C Sculpture.
George Shannon plaque at Verdel, N…
George Shannon plaque at Verdel, …
Historical Marker.
Historical Marker.
Flag above Lewis and Clark campsit…
Flag above Lewis and Clark campsi…
In the middle of the rolling hills…
In the middle of the rolling hill…
Airmen memorial plaque.
Airmen memorial plaque.
Memorials in the cemetary.
Memorials in the cemetary.
Airmen memorial.
Airmen memorial.
Posts list.
Posts list.
Nio river catching up with us afte…
Nio river catching up with us aft…
Water!
Water!
The highest pt in the Niobrara S.P…
The highest pt in the Niobrara S.…
Again from the ground to the highe…
Again from the ground to the high…
River..in S.P.
River..in S.P.
Deer we saw in the Nio S.P.
Deer we saw in the Nio S.P.
Adios...Nio!
Adios...Nio!
Hmm which way?
Hmm which way?
This way!!
This way!!
Plateau.
Plateau.
Clopton place.
Clopton place.
Clopton mail box.
Clopton mail box.
Clopton out house :)
Clopton out house :)
Entire Clopton Plaque
Entire Clopton Plaque
Close up of the plaque
Close up of the plaque
Windmills along hwy 20
Windmills along hwy 20
Windmills up close and personal
Windmills up close and personal
Closer!
Closer!
Very Close!!
Very Close!!
The open road!
The open road!
Airmen
Airmen
Lost airmen memorial.
Lost airmen memorial.
Service memorial.
Service memorial.
Clopton Plaque
Clopton Plaque
Wildlife refuge
Wildlife refuge
Ponds in the refuge
Ponds in the refuge
Elk in the pond
Elk in the pond
Elk
Elk
Elk
Elk
Elk
Elk
Elk haha
Elk haha
Another part of the Nio river
Another part of the Nio river
Prairie dogs...theyre there just …
Prairie dogs...they're there just…
Fort Falls-Wildlife Refuge
Fort Falls-Wildlife Refuge
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Sandhill marker
Sandhill marker
Ne Sunset
Ne Sunset
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
Fort Falls
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