Oak Tree Inn Morrill
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... summer. Sure, I drove through it once with my sister and brother on our way to Colorado, but we didn't really get out of the car. Angela and I did about four miles of hiking. We even got to the top of the bluff. It was like something out of a fantasy novel. We even got to walk through a tunnel that went through the bluff. Such a cool day! Angela- I was an advid ...
Seth- Because we stopped in Des Moines instead of Omaha, we had a lot of ground to cover in order to get to the campsite. Even though we only had to travel across one and a half states, the states get really...REALLY big out in the Midwest. And flat. And..... Farm-y. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just makes for very long distances between rest stops. The bright side ...
... yellow clay rocks, to painted desert style red hills, to gypsum white cliffs! The Big Horn Basin is a very beautiful place.
I purposely chose to avoid going through Yellowstone Park, I have already been there and I knew the traffic would be a nightmare.
A little known fact about the Park is; that all of the geo thermal energy comes from a 'Super Volcano' under the area that measures 55 x 72 km. ...
... t make the trek. Another interesting bit about this location is the owner of the ranch where the fossils were found. He was an Army scout, a homesteader, and was highly regarded by several Native American tribes, Lakota being one if them, including Red Cloud. He received many gifts from the natives, which were on display. Our second stop was Scott's Bluff, which is a somewhat unique land formation along the Oregon Trail. It was the first ...
... 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 ...