Then there was Nebraska

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Our travels this summer took us across Nebraska.  It was not a state we had planned to visit but it was in the way of getting to Iowa from Idaho.  I have driven through a large part of the lower 48 as well as to Alaska and back and I have to say that Nebraska is the most confusing state I have driven in.  To start with I don’t think they expect visitors because there are very few road signs.  More than once we missed a turn because there was no street sign anywhere to be found, sending us miles out-of-the-way.

Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata

Male Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata

Buying gas was its own adventure, it was somewhat like playing a game of Fizzbin, special credit to the first person who knows the game.  The station sign would have one price, the pump would have another and if you looked at the fine print you would see that the price on the sign did exist but only at some pumps on certain islands and probably only at certain times of the day assuming you knew what time zone you were in since there are 2 in the state.  Additionally the higher octane fuels were cheaper than the lower octane ones.

Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata

Female Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata

In the late 1800’s Arbor Day became a state holiday to encourage people to plant trees because there were so few.  I’m not sure how well that is working since there still are very few trees to be seen but there are 2 areas designated as National Forest and they do have some trees there.

Another curious site on the road was that all the RV’s, which seemed to travel in herds, had large orange numbers on the windshields and for the most part they did travel in sequential order.

Ten-petal blazing-star, Mentzelia decapetala

Ten-petal blazing-star, Mentzelia decapetala

The state does have 3 national monuments, 2 of which we visited and they were both dog friendly so kudos to Nebraska for that.  Agate Fossil Beds has 2 trails and dogs are welcome on both but there is no camping nearby so early morning or evening hikes when the summer temperatures are bearable was not an option.  The other monument is Scotts Bluff which has 5 trails for hiking but again no camping.

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scotts Bluff National Monument

A trip to Nebraska isn’t complete without a stop at Carhenge.  This facsimile of Stonehenge was created by the artist Jim Reinders in 1987 and consists of 38 automobiles.  More interesting than Carhenge itself is some of the other art in the area all of it created from car parts.

Carhenge

Carhenge

Carhenge

Carhenge

Carhenge

Carhenge

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One thought on “Then there was Nebraska

  1. Yes Nebraska is somewhere else…I understand from a business associate of mine who attended U of Nebraska there is ONLY two seasons in Nebraska…Football Season and Spring Training for the
    football team…….GO BIG RED! Wonderful pictures Those big bugss come out after sunset.

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