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Nebraska National Forest area
Didn’t you know that Nebraska had a National Forest? Of course it does. Surprisingly, the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands area (here is the link) is in the middle of the grasslands that make up much of western Nebraska. Although, grasslands exist that doesn’t mean it’s flat. To emphasize, the area contains rolling hills, bluffs, lakes, and streams. In contrast, the National Forest follows The Driveby Tourist Carhenge post. Without a doubt, the change whiplashes the viewer! So, here is a link to the Carhenge post. And here is another link. This is to The Driveby Tourist’s first post on this trip.
I’m posting the first picture approaching the actual border of the forest area. For one thing, sure doesn’t look like Nebraska! Given that the forest lies about 60 miles south of the southern Black Hills of South Dakota, probably not so surprising. Can you say Mount Rushmore?
The Drive through Nebraska National Forest area.
The Driveby Tourist follows the GPS into the Nebraska National Forest area. Due to recent rains, following the road resulted in some interesting times. Muddy roads (really muddy) create “fun times” driving. Didn’t take a lot of pictures as I’m concentrating on driving. Wish I had some pictures of the worst spots.
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Now, Nebraska National Forest AND Grassland!
This part of the forest is great for turkey hunting. Stopped by a campsite and talked with a gentleman from the Twin Cities. He and some friends were hunting turkeys. While he didn’t get one this time, he said typically hunting was good here.
Evidence of mud!
See the mud on my car! Sure thought I was stuck a couple of times. Then, is there cell phone signal out here? Didn’t think about the cost until later. The National Forest service needs signs to warn people! Took three car washes to get it clean!
Out on the other side – Cowboys and cattle
Another section of Nebraska National Forest appears closer to central Nebraska. Specifically, that section occupies land near Halsey NE. That’s a smaller section and is about 80 miles north of North Platte which is on I-80. Basically, The Driveby Tourist found that Nebraska is the least visited tourist destination state. (Here is a link to that site.) While I likely can’t convince you to visit, at least you know there are attractions here. Significantly, remember the Black Hills of South Dakota are close by. Therefore, South Dakota comes in at number 34 on that list. Where is your state?
Meanwhile, getting back to the rock and roll theme. Firstly, “On that long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha” from Turn the Page by Bob Seger. Then, “(Something), something, something about my cool Nebraska guy Yeah something about baby you and I” from You and I by Lady Gaga. Finally, there is “Rock ‘n’ roll cities, look out here we come Richmond, Cleveland, Ohio, Nebraska, St. Paul” from Rock ‘N’ Roll Cities Written by: Dave Davies and performed by several artists. (I realize “Nebraska” is not a city, but it’s there!)
Back soon with a trip through the Nebraska Sand Hills.
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