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Colorado into Nebraska again
Ok, heading back home from Colorado into Nebraska again. Seems like I just got here. As a result, time to play “On the Road Again”! Also, here is a link back to the start of this trip. Also, going through the Pawnee National Grassland. Finally, Scottsbluff becomes prominent at the end of this post.
After leaving my brother’s place in Denver, I visited my niece and her family in Greeley CO. Seems like the only time I see them is when I’m headed elsewhere! Above all, I had a very good visit. Finally, I left before I totally wore out my welcome!
I’m starting out with a picture that will appear again later. Because, its more interesting than the next couple of pictures!
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Pawnee National Grassland (From Colorado into Nebraska again)
This National Grassland makes up a very large area of northeastern Colorado. (In spite of what most people think, there aren’t any mountains when you get east of Denver!) Furthermore, the Grassland contains a 30-by-60 mile area making up 193,060 acres. Also, here is a link to the Grassland website. Finally, bird watching, hiking, and camping make up the primary available activities within the Grassland.
Introduction and Birding
This discussion heads way off topic, but here it goes. Probably, because the state is Colorado and it’s “Grass”lands, reminds me of a story. This occurred back in the 1960s or 1970s. As a result, a baseball pitcher named Tug McGraw was asked a question. “Which do you prefer grass or Astroturf”. His response? “Don’t know, never smoked Astroturf”! Best response I’ve ever heard in a sports interview!!! (Incidently, Tug McGraw is the father of country western singer Tim McGraw) Ok, back on topic.
Oil wells in Pawnee National Grassland
There are hundreds of oil wells spread throughout the Grasslands. Seems like, that is at odds with the plan to preserve the Grasslands.
Pawnee National Grassland – Terrain
The terrain gently rolls along with the low hills and valleys. The Pawnee National Grassland served as ranch land prior to the current National Grasslands designation. Finally, the next pictures show how it looks today.
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Transition from Colorado to Nebraska again
Scottsbluff Nebraska and surrounding area
After leaving the Pawnee National Grassland, I’m heading to Scottsbluff Nebraska. Finally, starting to see bluffs and other rock formations. Certainly, it doesn’t seem like Nebraska! Western Nebraska, especially the Panhandle, is very different from the east.
Back toward the city of Scottsbluff and Scotts Bluff National Monument
The monument name became Scotts Bluff (the city became Scottsbluff) after Hiram Scott. Due to the fact that Mr. Scott was a clerk for a fur trading company working in the area. Hiram Scott died near the monument. Above all, three of the wagon train trails from east to west went by the Monument. Finally, the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails drove through this area. Also, more pictures follow below.
The post covers Colorado into Nebraska again, Pawnee National Grassland, and Scottsbluff. As a result, twenty four pictures appear in the post. Consequently, I’m thinking of making smaller posts and focus on one area or attraction. As a result, next up will be…. (Drum Roll please…..) Carhenge!
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