CGY 2015: Heading Home

Sunday, August 23, 2015 / on the road toward GA

We quickly traveled back to GA, but did a little cross-country, non-interstate travel, which is always a better way to go. We drove past Chimney Rock, Nebraska an early landmark that helped travelers navigate during settlement of the West. Chimney Rock is visible from miles and miles away.

Chimney Rock, Nebraska
Chimney Rock, Nebraska
Platte River
Following the Platte River

As we were going through Nebraska, we saw a recreated sod house and decided to stop and take a look. It was a nice break. The house was beside the Oregon Trail and interestingly, parts of the trail are still visible across the prairie. The damage from erosion caused by wagon wheels still remains more than one hundred-fifty years later. The height of the hills is remarkable; after hiking to the top of a hill that retraced the Trail, it made us realize what a daunting journey this would have been by wagon train.

Recreated Sod House in Nebraska
Recreated Sod House in Nebraska
Inside the sod house
Inside the sod house
Front gate of the sod house
Front gate of the sod house
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At the top of the hill near the sod house. See the car in the parking lot below?
Can you see the ruts of Oregon Trail across the far hill?
Can you see the ruts of Oregon Trail across the far hill?

Throughout the West and Mid-West oil wells are a frequent sight. In Nebraska, oil wells are often in the middle of corn or wheat fields.

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Miles of flat fields dotted with oil wells in Nebraska
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Oil well and storage tanks

 

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