The Platte and Loup Rivers, Nebraska (USA)
Obviously, this is way off the usual Sewing or Dolls or What-Have-You (Pedro, of course) entry. That’s because the Mood was There, I felt it, and responded.
I wish you all could see the Platte and/or Loup Rivers. Anyone who has driven I-80 across America will now be saying “Ho-Hum! I’ve been there – done that”. OK, Whatever. Did you get off the Interstate Four Lane Flat as a Prairie Pancake and take a LOOK!???!
(SORRY! I do tend to get worked up….) Here’s a very very very short travelogue with scenic pictures and comments about the Platte and Loup Rivers in Nebraska. I hope you enjoy it.
Top photo: The town of Halsey, on Highway 2, is pretty small (population ~45 or so – – we have friends/relatives that think a ‘small town’ is 30,000. hmmm….). There is one motel and it did serve breakfast – warm homemade zucchini bread and the usual cereal and milk. The motel’s biggest time is likely hunting season. Halsey is near the Nebraska National Forest.
The South Loup River runs within 5 or so miles of where I grew up, but we didn’t hang out there very much. It joins the Middle Loup just past Boelus. All the Loup Rivers, together, eventually make it to the Platte River and … Missouri, Mississippi … you get the idea. Gulf of Mexico, after a while.
The Platte River Valley is known for the lay-over holiday spa (and Match-Maker Hang-Out Buffet!) for Sandhills Cranes on their spring migration to Canada. Good for them!
And, if you are into time lapse photography, check out this website. Platte Basin Timelapse. Michael Forsberg is a fantastic nature photographer who has had National Geographic stories from all over the world. Oh and did I mention – he’s from Nebraska.
Today, Da and I took Abe to Grand Island (opening day at Island Oasis!), then to the Red White and Blue Shoot, just west of Cairo, then to Grandpa’s place to see the baby kitties (and Grandpa, of course), then to Rockville to eat supper at the Dam Bar (its near Sherman Reservoir…). Rockville is NOT a large town either (~110).
All these places are super-cool, but the points here are 1) we crossed the Platte, South, and Middle Loup Rivers SEVERAL times and 2) We had Abe because all Those Girls (Oldest Sister, Molly, and Pedro) are in Rapid City for the Bachelorette Party (see how I nicely brought the blog back to the Wedding?).
I’ve wandered around with this travel entry long enough… Ah, Nebraska! Come Visit!
– ttfn, Bia