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The Platte and Loup Rivers, Nebraska (USA)

May 27, 2012

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.

Sunrise at Halsey NE, the Middle Loup River

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.

Moon at sunrise, Halsey NE on the Middle Loup River

Moon at sunrise, Halsey NE on the Middle Loup River

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.

Platte River near Gothenburg or Cozad, NE

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!

Dance cranes, Dance!

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).

Abe and Grandpa, at the Dam Bar in Rockville, NE

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

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2012 1:03 pm

    Very nice, everyone loves the Loop River

  2. May 27, 2012 4:30 pm

    Beautiful, looks like you had a bit of an adventure. Carl does a fair bit of time-lapse I’ll send that link to him. Thanks for sharing.

  3. May 30, 2012 2:00 am

    Gorgeous – including the young fella! Nice link back to the wedding too :o)

  4. Travelin lady permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:21 am

    Did you know that the Loup River System (the North, Middle and South Loup Rivers, and the Dismal, Cedar and Calamus which all flow into one of the Loup Rivers, before the Loup Rivers combine and flow into the Platte) is the most constant flowing river system in the World? Just have to love that Ogallala Aquifier that allows that precious water to come to the surface in spings within the rivers. Makes Nebraska a wonderful place.

    • Bia permalink
      June 7, 2012 6:35 pm

      I love all those rivers! Thank you GROUNDWATER for constantly adding water to the Loup River system.

  5. January 16, 2017 9:49 am

    In looking for pictures of the Loup River, I bumped into this picture of Dale whom I serve at the Ravenna UM Church. This is Pastor Scott from Ravenna. Dale takes so many pictures of everyone else, it’s nice to see him caught on camera.

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