New vistas are open to view at Black Elk Neihardt Park in Blair thanks to volunteers who have carved out a new mountain bike and multi-use trail at the western edge of the park. The trail opens up acres of park property that have been nearly inaccessible due to dense trees, grass and brush.
The weather was fine and so were the rides on Saturday night for the final cruise night of the season in Blair.
Tuesday afternoon I grabbed a lens that I haven’t used in awhile and headed down to California Bend to commemorate the first day of autumn 2020.
Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska is the signature landmark on the Oregon Trail. The stone column rises nearly 300 feet above the North Platte river valley. The national historical site and visitors center is maintained and operated by History Nebraska. The museum inside the center has been expanded and updated. The exhibits are interesting andContinue reading “Looking for landmarks”
After reading “The Oregon Trail A New American Journey” I knew where my next road trip would take me. The book is the story of the author Rinker Buck’s, “crazy ass passion” to make the first unassisted covered wagon crossing of the Oregon Trail in over 100 years. I was totally captivated by the personalitiesContinue reading “In Search of the Oregon Trail”
Preparation Canyon State Park in Iowa’s Loess Hills is remote, heavily wooded and particularly beautiful in September and October.
Great weather, sunflowers and Monarch butterflies on the move at DeSoto NWR.
Blair Class of 2020 graduates finally were able to savor success and gain a sense of closure during commencement exercises held at Krantz field on August 1. Classroom learning and school sports, activities and events including graduation were all postponed or suspended during the final quarter of the school year. In his commencement address, PrincipalContinue reading “Blair Graduation Scrap book”
While many summer activities and events have been canceled due to covid pandemic concerns, the 2020 Washington County Fair was held pretty much as scheduled. Featured events included a rodeo, 4H shows, mud volleyball, tractor pulls and a livestock auction. Fair Board President Jason Cloudt said the 2020 fair was successful considering the circumstances.
This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching I was looking forward to new opportunities. Like most retirees I had a long list of things I was going to “get around to” after I retired. A good share of those things are stillContinue reading “Embarrassment of riches”