Trip Start Apr 23, 2007
42Trip End Jun 11, 2007
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We awoke to another beautiful morning. Today's adventure will take us into NW Nebraska. Our goals are Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff. All three were landmarks for the westward migration. The going was so slow that when they did finally see the rock outcroppings it was a joyous occasion. In Wagon movement they could be seen 3 day out.
We found NW Nebraska to be quite beautiful. It has rolling hills, small valleys and miles and miles of grasslands. We passed feed lots that were miles long fill with cattle. By the way we did have Nebraska steaks last night. Yum, Yum. They were humongous so we had steak sandwiches for lunch and will again tomorrow. We saw many antelope grazing with the cattle and horses
We then traveled 25 miles into Wyoming and visited Ft. Laramie. This was another military outpost that was critical to the westward movement. If the traveling groups were too late to make it over the Rockies they would winter here. I have to say that by our observations this would not be a good place to spend a winter in a covered wagon. It was also the place they would re-stock their supplies. According to the short film we watched most of the people who died on the way west died because of sickness. Less that 2% died at the hands of Indians.
Tonight we are in Chadron, NE. Tomorrow we drive to Murdo, SD. That will position us for an east to west trip through the Badlands. WE have arranged to stay put for 3 days over Memorial Day. We will stay in Hill City, SD. It is centrally located to make short trips to see many things in that area.
Love to all.
Shawn, Dirinda, Jan