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More of Nebraska & The Sale Continues

by Karen on September 20, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

Our second campground in Nebraska was at the Bessy Nebraska National Forest – would you believe with Mike’s senior discount we got a sight with electricity (no water) for only $5.50 a night!  We were only staying one night and after a very short while I was glad of it!  We were very close to the train tracks were the coal trains run all the time.  And believe me I mean all the time.  Day and night, daytime it seemed like they were coming through every 20 minutes – night time after 10 it was at least once an hour and by 6 AM they were coming through more frequently again.  A pretty place to stop – but not to get a good nights sleep.

This was our nice large camping spot.

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We were by a river.

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Complete with a long bridge to cross which was pretty

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Now if it just wasn’t for this it would have been a great place to spend more than one night at that price.

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And more wild turkeys!

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Camping in Nebraska

by Karen on September 19, 2014

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We left Wyoming and the snow behind – what a freak summer/winter storm that was – September 11th – it got down to 24 degrees that night!

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We moved on to Nebraska.  Our first campground in this state is Chadron State Park and near by is Fort Robinson State Park where we spent part of the day today (13th)  exploring.  And wouldn’t you know it – we can’t get away from these animals – they have a private herd of Buffalo at Fort Robinson State Park.

There were a lot more than just these two.

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This part of Nebraska is in the Northwest so it is very close to South Dakota and looks that state to me.  Pretty plants.

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This is from Fort Robinson, it was a military fort that was used from the Indian War days in the 1880’s all the way through World War II

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Wonderful Rocks

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A neat windmill

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More rock scenery.

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Our Campsite at Chadron – big and roomy, but it was a bit too chilly to even get our chairs out or eat outside.  The cold front that was in Wyoming did move through here too the day we were traveling – all the snow melted before we got here though but it was down to 38 at night and barely in the 60’s daytime, and breezy which made it feel colder and being in the shade makes it feel even colder.

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We had wild turkeys in the campground both days we were there.

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Not very many campers were here, you could tell it was back to school time and getting chilly.  On our stretch of the loop there are only 4 campers here and well spaced apart.

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Mike on our evening walk – it was a chilly evening and I had my fleece winter jacket on which I guess for up here would be a fall jacket but is what I wear for the Arkansas winters.

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We are moving on to two other Nebraska parks – getting closer to Wisconsin (our youngest daughter & family) and closer to home.  We aim to be home around October 1st.  Sure I’m glad we have had our older daughter and son in law taking care of the house and yard while we are gone – less to think about.


The links in the post here will lead you to the sale of the classes – all classes!!  Sale continues until September 22.  I went ahead and got the sock class that is “From the Toe Up” I can’t watch it until we get home as we are using our phones for our wi-fi and the videos use up too much bandwidth so I have to wait :( there is another sock class also that I got called “My First Socks”  I was looking through the knitting classes and saw that there were 63 classes on sale – surely one of these sock classes well be easy enough to follow!  I haven’t looked through the quilting classes yet but it says that there are 80 quilting classes on half price sale.  I really need to get busy and look through them even if I can’t start to watch them until we get home.  I was glancing through things yesterday (the 17th) and even saw some cooking classes that look good to try – I haven’t really looked through them before.

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Moose and Other Things

by Karen on September 14, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

Finally!!  We saw a moose today in the campground – around 8 AM Mike happened to realize a lot of people were wandering around camera’s – knew something was happening – grabbed the camera and got outside – luckily I was out of my p.j.’s and in jeans (although I saw a few wanderers in sleep attire).

This big old guy just came wandering through the campground two sites down from ours – he actually brushed under an awning on a camper.  Walks right past that chair, people snapping photos and much to close in my opinion – I was hanging close to my camper and ready to dash inside if needed.

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We are in the campground close to a rive and so he is making his way to the river.

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Almost there

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And he is gone into the willow brush and just about there.  Now some people were following him and trying to keep snapping photos – I on the other hand thought I had enough photos and went back to eat my breakfast!

Shortly after clouds moved in and looked like rain was coming.  We ventured out though and only got some drops

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Another Hike

by Karen on September 13, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

I still have not seen a moose but Mike did this morning.  I will try to get a photo of it to share if I haven’t gotten one myself before we are gone from the Tetons on the 10th.  But here is a mule deer instead who just stared at me from the window of the car and didn’t run off.

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This trail is on the west side of the Tetons, you drive out of the park and into Idaho and then back into Wyoming.  The trail is actually in National Forest Land not in the park.

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You wandering through a lot of “fields of flowers” some were still blooming and some where seed pods.  Because it is not in the National Park I was able to collect seed pods to finish drying and see if I can get any of them to flower at home next spring.

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I would have loved to see all of these coneflowers – I assume they were yellow and I have some of the cones to dry further to get seeds from.

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An aspen tree turned yellow already.

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This trail was just too much out in the sun for me today – although it was in the low 70’s it just felt hotter to me and zapped my energy – after 2 hours I called it quits and said after a rest we were turning around and heading back.  It took another 2 hours to get back to the parking area – I was glad we turned back when we did – although the sky started out a brilliant blue by time we were half way back the sky looked like this – but it never did rain on us and it cooled it off better for the hike back and we had a breeze hitting our faces – it felt nice!!

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Craftsy sales — Prices valid through September 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  This sale is just for some of the classes in these categories not all of them.  Thank you to any one who orders through my links.

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Best-selling Craftsy classes are on sale for one week only! Save up to 50% off on Sewing, Quilting & Knitting classes taught by some of the world’s best instructors. Once you purchase a class, it’s yours to enjoy forever. Every class comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee!

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String Lake #3

by Karen on September 12, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

I’m still trying to go through the photos – bear with me!  We are coming close to an end on this beautiful trail. Out of the high country and back to the lake.

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I thought the cloud formation behind this dead tree was kind of neat.

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Looking back at part of the trail.

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I’m not sure of the name of these berries – there were a lot in this area.

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The mountains

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An evening drive on our second night and we saw herds of buffalo once again.

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There were a lot of young buffalo around also that we most likely younger than a year.

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The sky over the mountains at night

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more buffalo

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Some Antelope (or Pronghorns as some call them)

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Another herd of buffalo with the Grand Tetons as a backdrop.

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(end of our first whole day at the Tetons)


Just a reminder the sale at Craftsy continues through the 15th.

— Prices valid through September 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  This sale is just for some of the classes in these categories not all of them.  Thank you to any one who orders through my links.

Up to 50% Off On Sewing, Quilting & Knitting Classes

Best-selling Craftsy classes are on sale for one week only! Save up to 50% off on Sewing, Quilting & Knitting classes taught by some of the world’s best instructors. Once you purchase a class, it’s yours to enjoy forever. Every class comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee!

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String Lake Part 2

by Karen on September 11, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

I think I took close to 300 photos yesterday so it is really hard to slim it down into a couple post.  And we can’t seem to find a trail without steps!

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Or steep uphill’s.

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Plants and flowers.

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More views of the lakes

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berries

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little streams

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Open areas cleared from winter avalanches

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Some fall color

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Just as I was going around this huge rock I saw something move – look on the trail do you see it?

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this is a yellow bellied marmot – a lot like the hoary marmot of the Glacier park – cousin – slightly different color but a rather big healthy guy – instead of running off he kept posing and actually came towards us instead of running off – just like he  was curious.

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After several minutes of entreating us he left.  These guys are 18 to 25 inches long and 5 to 10 pounds.

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