Today, we had the “pleasure” of driving west across Nebraska. It wasn’t a bad drive, so we won’t complain, but let’s be honest, Nebraska terrain is only slightly more interesting than Kansas terrain.
As we left Lincoln, the corn fields slowly have way to cattle farms. There were some rolling hills and lakes, which was nice.
Our destination for today was Chimney Rock and Scottsbluff (the town; the National Monument is Scott’s Bluff, which we will visit tomorrow). Chimney Rock is one of those unique “rock” formations (it’s actually sand) that looks like a chimney. Apparently, over the years folks have compared it’s shape to several other things, including buildings (Washington Monument, for instance); the most comical comparison though, is an elk penis!
It officially is a National Historical Site, but it is run by State of Nebraska. While not too common, we have encountered that type if situation before. Basically, it just means the visitor center and displays aren’t quite as “uniform” as most other NPS sites.
From there, we found a campsite in Gering, NE near the base of Scott’s Bluff. We will visit that National Monument tomorrow. The campsites are very well-kept, but overall the campground is nothing too exciting. It is very windy…to the point that we had to put up the smaller tent. At least we should have some good ventilation tonight!
It’s great to be back on the road after our stop in Lincoln!