Today we saw a lot of rocks.
We left our weird little ranch house in the bluffs and had to wait for cattle to cross the road. We did see some roadside markers for things like the Ash Hollow Battle Site and John Hollman’s grave, but for the most part today involved looking at really big rocks.
The first one we stopped at was Frog’s Head Bluff, which.. okay. I’m not really sure I see it. The Mormons named this one, so whatever.
We saw Courthouse and Jail Rocks, which are very big and very cool. We found a road that went up pretty close to them, but it was honestly hard to get good photos there because we were so close.
We stopped at Chimney Rock, which is just the best. Anyone who grew up in the 90s knows what Chimney Rock looks like. It’s shorter now than it was back then (and in the game).
The last stop of the day was Scotts Bluff National Monument. This is a really, really big bluff. I think they said it’s 800 ft tall, but that can’t be right, can it? Regardless, it is big. Pioneers used to have to skirt around it, but later a route called Mitchell’s Pass was made to pass between the bluffs. There was a walking path we followed that paralleled the pass and you could still see wagon ruts. A road lead up and through (via tunnels!) the bluff. There were more short walking paths up there and you could see pretty much forever.
We’re staying in Scottsbluff tonight, which doesn’t seem all that big now that we’ve essentially seen it from orbit. We ate dinner at a place called Shari’s restaurant that seems exactly like the western state equivalent of Bob Evans. No unexpected house tonight, but we are staying at a surprisingly decent Super 8.
Tomorrow we go to Wyoming.