Thursday, August 31, 2017

Curlycup Chimney Rock





I'm reasonably certain that everyone in the world is familiar with the world-famous Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska.

If you search for Chimney Rock on the Webbe of Universal Connectedness you will find that the first results are not in fact for the Nebraska version of Chimney Rock, but for some other lame-@$$ rock in North Kackalakki.

However, a more refined search will lead you to a site managed by the nebraska state hysterical society where you can learn all about the famous landmark and stopping-off place for pioneers heading west bitd.


It really is an interesting place and worth visiting if you're passing by or are very interested in pioneers.


However, I do not favor our state hysterical society nor their administration of the landmark. They take a huge bite of property taxes to showcase nebraska history, but then the greedy corksatchers charge admission, too. This I don't approve of. But that's just me.




Anyway, Mom and I visited the site yesterday -- as well as a nearby rv park -- to get the lay of the land and prepare a scouting report for left coast family who will be passing through next month.

We had a very nice time despite the hysterical society. Sometimes it's fun to drive around the local area and look at stuff. We finished the trip with a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Scottsbluff.

Before we left I took a few pictures of autumn sunflower and curlycup gumweed, two colorful fall-blooming forbs.






Today, I'm afraid, has been rather busy. Tomorrow will be as well. Sigh. That time of year.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for making the time for the post and photos. Your bright spirit and photos always make my day more special.

    Paul L. Quandt

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  2. You gots to watch those Giftge Schlangen,they will try and get your womenfolk to steal apples.

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  3. Clicked on the restaurant link; Highway 26 is here in Oregon too and we drive on it all the time. Makes me feel closer to you, it does. Kind of like we're neighbors.

    Paul

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    1. Those ribbons of macadam shrank the nation.

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  4. Well, everyone who played Oregon Trail, anyhoo.

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  5. A rather odd addition to the landscape. And pretty cool looking to boot.

    Amazing what the earth does over all those epochs. Wind and rain and some seismic activity and bingo, cool looking rock in the middle of the Plains!

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    1. If I understand the theory correctly, Chimney Rock and some of the other sticky-uppy (scientific term there) formations around here are kind of the east edge of the front range of the Rockies. Which may be why there are so many Colorado Rockies fans from the Panhandle.

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  6. Overall, Nebraska does state parks as well as any I've visited around the country.

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    1. They do, but that's Game and Parks. The hysterical society is a different kettle of oysters. Buncha flimflammers imo.

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  7. Love your pic of the rock and the windmill. Reading stories of the Oregon trail, and Lewis & Clark has brought so many wonderful places to mind.

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    1. Lots and lots of wonderful places with lots and lots of history. Thanks Brig.

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  8. What a nice day you two had! Wonder if those pioneers had to pay a fee to camp at the base of Chimbly
    Rock? They might have decided to move on if rattlesnakes and fees were part of the package? Actually, they were probably glad to get to some water there in the North Platte. Always hurts a little to see how short the chimney is nowadays, why when I was a kid.....................!!!! ol' nance

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    1. It was a super day. Thanks for stopping by. Thinking of you and your family.

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