Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 and 16, 2011: On To Mt. Rushmore:
We broke the trip to Mt. Rushmore into two one-day stays, one in Ogallala, Nebraska, and one in Gering, Nebraska. This is the first time either of us has been in Nebraska. I can’t say we’ve seen the best it has to offer. Ogallala is a small agricultural community located in the middle of nowhere, 240 miles from Denver, and Gering is a slightly larger community 145 miles further toward Mt. Rushmore, near Scottsbluff, which is where the Scotts Bluff National Monument is.
The Country View Campground in Ogallala was old and simple but very nice, and the people were terrific. The weather was not. We had serious thunder and lightning storms during the night---making the dogs very nervous. We had quite a time calming them down. The Robidoux RV Park in Gering is owned by the city, is attached to a large park, and is magnificent.
The nice lady who checked us in is a retired trust officer, so she and Becky had much in common. Before we could get serious about what sightseeing was available in Gering, the weather turned sour, and we experienced a major rain, wind, and hail storm. It was suggested that we monitor the storm’s progress on a local FM station, which we did for a few minutes---until the station inexplicably went off the air. My mind supplied a few ominous possibilities. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will finish the trek to Mt. Rushmore.

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