Karen on September 21st, 2014

I am so glad to see the last of Nebraska – sorry people I just don’t find Nebraska scenery to hold my attention all that long.  I know some of you love it – my husband does – he spent the first 15 years of his life in North Platte – he is used to the train noise in the middle of the night LOL.

Our last two nights in Nebraska we stayed at a Corp of Engineer Park by the Missouri River – no trains!!  thank goodness.  It is a pretty park full of cottonwood trees that are absolutely huge.  The park wasn’t crowded and it was fairly quite other than a couple yippy dogs that were quite at night.

Here is our campsite in the evening – you see what I mean about tall trees in comparison to our camper!  We do have electricity here for $8 a night – Mike’s discount again for half price comes in handy.

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Another view from late in the afternoon.

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Across from us is the river. The whole campground is one long row with the river across from the sites.

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Sunset hiding behind the bluff.

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Odd mushrooms growing at the base of this cottonwood tree.

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Look how much these mushrooms grew – we were here a total of a little more than one and half days and I took this photo when we left.  I have not seen this variety in Arkansas.

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The links in the post here will lead you to the sale of the classes – all classes!!  Just a couple more days for the sale – ends the 22nd.

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Karen on September 20th, 2014

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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Karen on September 19th, 2014

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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Karen on September 18th, 2014

On the way out of the Teton campground we saw a total of 5 moose in 3 different areas, I managed to get one photo but it is not clear.  But there are two there.  Glad to have seen them we had hoped to see moose at the Tetons and we did.  Surprisingly though we didn’t see many Elk the entire trip and we normally do.

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We had a pretty drive across Wyoming from the Tetons but it is kind of boring with some beautiful scenery here and there.  I sewed more that travel day than most of the other days.

One of our last views of the Tetons with a layer of low lying clouds in the middle – looked very strange.

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Back to “Badlands” type of scenery

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And gorgeous redrocks

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a pretty river

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Parked at a rest area – this is on a highway not interstate and there were several nice rest areas.

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Shows how isolated this part of Wyoming is. Highway 26.

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At our campground in Casper – we are on the very end, you can see our car.  The skies look like winter with the cold front coming through and as I posted earlier in the week we did have a snow storm and ended with about one inch of snow on the car and ground but not on the roads – it got down to a low of 24 the lowest on our trip so far.

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Karen on September 17th, 2014

Our last day in the Tetons finally arrived, we had taken a hike the day before and were a little sore from the up hills so decided no hiking but to drive around to the north end of the park and take a few side roads that we hadn’t been on and in general just have a nice slow day and have lunch out at one of the lodges.

The night before we had taken a walk along the river by the campground in search of moose but didn’t see any.  I got some photos of the sunset though instead.

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We had had some rain earlier but the sky started to clear out at night.

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Some pretty flowers by the river bed.

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A pretty pelican on the lake and a duck close by

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Fall very much in evidence now – the leaves changed in the week we were there.

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A view from the top of Signal Mountain – a curvy narrow road goes to the top of it.

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In the evening I made a pot of Dutch Oven Chili – make your recipe the same as always and put the liner in the Dutch oven and cook!  I used a skillet to cook the hamburger and onions first then put it all in the pan.   I used 8 coals in a ring on the bottom under the oven and 20 coals on the top.  Turn the top and bottom of the pan in opposite directions every 15 minutes and it cooks evenly – done in 45 minutes.

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Seeing as I still had some coals left and the oven was hot enough I decided to bake the last of the chocolate chip cookies that I had prepared at home before we left – I had forgotten about them and they were under some things in the freezer.  I take the chili out of the oven and then place parchment paper in it, put 3 cookies at a time to bake – put the lid back on and bake for 15 minutes – I turn the top and bottom of the pan in opposite directions every 5 minutes so things brown evenly.

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It takes awhile doing only 3 cookies at a time but for two people and it is just a snack it works out ok.

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Karen on September 16th, 2014

So many photos to choose from, this is such a pretty place!  We leave inspiration point and continue on a mile were we turn back after the rock slide area – one could hike totally across the mountain of course but I have never been in good enough shape for that!   A 4 mile round trip hiking trail in the mountains at high altitude is good enough for me.

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the mountains are beautiful – at times you feel like you are on the set of “A Sound of Music” Smile

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The rock slide area – the trail just goes right on through it.

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Ferns growing between rocks.

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Raspberry shoots too – there were raspberries growing along the trail but none of them were ripe!

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On the way back to catch the boat – last boat leaves at 4 – we always make sure to be back before 3!!  otherwise you have to walk around the lake adding 2.5 more miles to it.

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And wow- get on the boat and look at the skies! glad we got back when we did – it was so sunny in the mountains – we didn’t see this until you come back down and look in back of you.  We got back to the campground before the rain started – the wind came up and it seemed like fall – leaves falling off the aspen trees!

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