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At the end of a long day when I start looking for a place to stop for the night there is a 'magic formula' that I look for; the trifecta of goods and services in close proximity to one another. The desired establishments are Bar, Motel & Gas Station (ranked in order of importance). Last night in Lovell, WY nailed it!
Today we visited our last 2 NPS sites in Nebraska. First up, Agate Fossil Beds NM. This was the site of a significant fossil find including a "dogbear" with underground dens, a 6 foot tall pig-like animal, and a pony-sized rhinoceros. The theory is that the spot where the fossils were found was a watering hole and as the food sources (vegetation) was eaten up close to the water, animals had to travel farther between the two until they ...
... which we will visit tomorrow. Chimney Rock is one of those unique "rock" formations (it's actually sand) that looks like a chimney. Apparently over the years folks have compared it's shape to several other things, including buildings (Washington Monument, for instance); the most comical comparison though, is an elk penis! Our stop at Chimney Rock was pretty quick. It officially is a National Historical Site, but it is run by ...
... The North Platte River was critical to the pioneers as they went West. The Mormons traveled west on the north side of the river and wound up in Utah. Others traveled on the south side and wound up in California. There were many places we might have stopped but we chose the two rock formations that were landmarks for the Pioneers.
... the debate the following evening.
The Martinsons are a prime example of the hospitality and community spirit that prevail all across Nebraska. Loyal supporters like them deepen my resolve to win this race so that I can have the privilege of representing Nebraskans in the U.S. Senate!