“There is some of the largest rattle snakes in this region I ever saw, being from 8 to 12 ft. long, and about as large as a man’s leg about the knee. This is no fiction at all.” -Amelia Hadley, July 19, 1851
Scotts Bluff National Monument
This monument is named after Hiram Scott an employee of the Ashley’s Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He is listed as a clerk that died at the Bluffs. There isn’t much information about him but this National Monument is named after him. 🙂 Kevin and I walked part of the Oregon Trail thru Scotts Bluff. It was exciting to walk in the footsteps of the brave people who traveled through here.
There are several National Park stamps at the visitor center here. We watched the 15 minute video and drove through the tunnels to the outlook. The view was beautiful. Scotts Bluff is a sandstone and siltstone formation. The Oregon trail, Mormon trail, Pony Express and the California Trail all traveled through Scotts Bluff. It was a busy place at one time. Today it was quiet.
Agate Fossil National Monument
This is our first Fossil National Monument. We had a good breakfast at a local cafe called the Finishline Cafe. Kevin and I like to find local places to dine. We had a hard time finding this breakfast place. Its located behind Sandy’s Burrito Shop. The food is good and the locals are friendly. Then, we drove out to Agate Fossil Beds.
There is a 1/2 mile hike and a 2.7 mile round trip hike at the monument. We decided to see the visitor center then go on the 2.7 mile Fossil Hills Trails unfortunately the winds picked up. The wind made it impossible for us to hike the trail but we learned about fossil and enjoyed the visitor center movie.
Kevin and I are on a strict budge this month so we camped at the Scotts Bluff Fairgrounds. The fairground cost $15.00 a night for electric only. The surface is patchy grass. We did find a level site and could use our direct tv satellite for the Thursday night football game. A train comes by morning and night blowing its horn loudly. If you’re looking for a budget place to stay while you explore the national monuments and you don’t mind a few inconveniences this might be a good place for you. No frills campground alert! Loud train alert!
Next, Kevin and I are exploring Utah’s National Parks & Monument.
10 National Passport Stamps Collected in Nebraska.
I have been nomiated to participate in a three day quote challenge. I was nominated by Renae at lifemadeforliving. Thank you, Renae for the nomination. I love quotes. They help me write down what I’m thinking or feeling.
RULES FOR THE QUOTE CHALLENGE
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days or 3 blog posts.
- Nominate 3 bloggers each day.
I would like to nominate these nominees for the challenge.