I wondered several times in the last few days – following voluminous snow and relentless, high wind – why I don’t just curl up where it is warm. I guess you just gotta love cows which need feed regardless of snow everywhere in our part of the world this week. The sun’s out, the cows are in behind the trees out of the wind, and blessed I am at the birth of 2020! I trust you are too. Maybe our trails will cross, or even run parallel sometime this year!
We are leaving bright and early Tuesday morning out of Grand Island to “navigate” the underground lake, the Ogallala Aquifer, which is presently the above ground lake in many places! This is an awesome year in the Western Hemisphere’s largest area of sand dunes, the Nebraska sandhills, unlike any I’ve seen. Contact me at 308-379-3261 (voice or text) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information!
Visit with me at the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway booth about the Experience the Other Half, and Horizons Nebraska Byways 2019 Tours. Take advantage of the boat show discounts for those two tours! Need more information now? Call 308-379-3261 or email me at email@example.com. Thanks! Bill at Horizons Without Bounds, LLC
I’m ready to shove off to Outstate Nebraska for a spring day of unique adventures! Board the bus at Omaha or Lincoln on April 25th, and strike out with me as we visit unique venues in Central Nebraska including stops at buffalo and cattle operations with their respective new babies! We’ll visit a couple of really awesome eating establishments including a winery with a very picturesque view overlooking a beautiful river valley. See modern pharmaceutical manufacturing; and be inspired by research being accomplished at Crane Trust Research Center involving the magnificent sandhill cranes, the big bend area of the Platte River, and the resident, genetically pure bison herd. And if you’ve never been to Worms, Nebraska, this is your chance! Contact Horizons Without Bounds very soon to secure your seat on the bus at 308-379-3261 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Pardon this lousy picture taken about 20 miles north of the Platte River Valley in Central Nebraska, but, if you look closely near the junction of the jet contrails, you can see a small contingency of Sandhills Cranes circling into formation as they prepare to continue their migration on north to Northern Canada and Siberia. These cranes, with their customary trilling vocalizations, and part of approximately 550K to 600K others this year in the valley, have fattened up on left over grain in the valley corn fields for the past month and are ready to take on the rigors of northern latitudes. I’ll hear them in the fall, once again, as they will have it on cruise control, high overhead, and headed south without the need, at that time, to frequent the shallows of the Platte and eat their fill of corn. Should you want to see these stately birds up close and personal – and all kinds of other birds and wildlife as well – contact me at 308-379-3261 or email@example.com. FB communications – not good for me. Sorry:-)!
The bull elk in the center of this picture taken along the Sand Hills Journey Scenic Byway a few miles from my home has been hanging out with this cow herd for several years and avails himself of sandhills grass in the summer and combined corn fields in the winter. Life is good! Complimenting the scene at this time of year are the eagles that move into the area to hunt the rivers – with, hopefully, open water – and scavenge for spent wildlife to make it through the cold winter months. I wish I’d had my camera ready when one sailed by near the front porch of my home recently. Maybe next time:-)
Do a 180 and become a wind turbine tech – you know, the people that climb a ladder up through a vertical cylinder so that they can get their kicks by dangling hundreds of feet above ground from a harness! If that isn’t enough to
give you a kick start, consider that you will get to deal with wind, heat, cold, rain, and snow too as you swing around up there. My guests and I caught this view as we gazed up through this wind turbine cylinder along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway during the Follow the Rails Art Trail last October. The wind farm visit was just one of the many events we participated in as we traveled the byway and enjoyed the scenery, history, art, people, food, and entertainment. Go to www.sandhillsjourney.com, www.followtherailsarttrail.com, and check out my contacts on this site if you want to learn more about how you can experience the reality of the Nebraska Sandhills!
On a recent trip through the Nebraska sandhills, I stopped to see my friend James Marshall in the little ranching town of Arthur. James is a busy, professional hat maker, and trust me, he custom makes standard-of-the-industry hats! This picture of James shows you just a little of his shop and the equipment he uses to make hats that people from Nebraska and all over the U.S. wear. If you want a quality Christmas gift for you or one of your family or friends, I can personally introduce you to this great craftsman. Just traveling through some of the most beautiful hills and valleys, and some of the best cow country, in the entire U.S., will cause you to ask “Why would anyone leave the sandhills if ever they lived there”?
As I look toward THE ECLIPSE, just a few days away, I’m reminded that I have several hotel rooms, at my disposal, in prime Nebraska viewing country. It’s not too late for you to reserve one of these rooms. I’m also reminded that wild life, such as this doe and her three triplets, are totally unsuspecting of anything out of the ordinary due to happen, as evidenced by their contented grazing of this alfalfa field in East Central Nebraska. You’ll find them, in the picture, silhouetted against the red barn.
The appearance of the sun early this morning, as I looked out across sand hills with some fog layered in the valleys, reminded me that, in just a few short weeks, I’ll be watching the disappearance of the sun behind the moon, in the middle of the day, as I look out across sand hills. I have multiple options across the western half of the state of Nebraska to watch the total solar eclipse, so weather conditions will play a big factor in my plans for that day. Consider tagging along with me and sharing some of the hotel rooms I have booked! Plenty of other things to see and do, and people to meet, with the eclipse being the focal point!