Monday, July 11, 2011


We just got home from a long weekend, driving to Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  It was 8 people, 2 cars, 1500 miles and 25 hours round-trip.  While there, we visited both Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff, the first a stepping off point for those pioneers who came across the prairies and went to California or to Utah and the other a monument to a trader, who could go no further and was left to die at the base.  Without any trees or buildings or in this heat, shade!  I have a whole new appreciation for all those who traveled by covered wagon or by foot.  They had no maps, no city on the horizon, no way to tell when their journey was going to end.  Just the desire for a better life. 

Oregan Trail - Wagon wheel ruts at Scottsbluff
  Reminds me of the refrain from "Oklahoma" - "The Farmer and Cowboy Must Be Friends"

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