I had already conquered several cities, so now it was time to saddle my horse, adjust my
Stetson hat, holster my guns, and journey into the wild west, the last frontier.
I started out in Nebraska looking for wagon trails at Scottsbluff National Monument.
Scotts Bluff National Monument. Here is Eagle Rock with a wagon in front. People traveled
across the continent in search of a better life in the West. The ones who were headed for
Oregon passed by this monument. Therefore, the trail is called the Oregon Trail.
Sentinel Rock on the other side of the Oregon Trail.
Dome Rock in the background and Crown Rock to the right.
Eagle Rock to the left and Dome Rock in the background.
Oregon Trail marker in front of Eagle Rock.
If you look closer, you can actually see Chimney Rock in the background in the center.
The weather has shaped the rocks over the years.
Saddle Rock Trail runs along the side of the rock.
After Scottsbluff I rode a little further southeast to find Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock National Historic Site.
Chimney Rock functioned as a milestone. The pioneers could see it from afar, and then they
knew that they had almost crossed the boring plains but were in for a much tougher ride
through the mountains.
It was a rough trip across the plains, especially for old people. Some people didn't make it, and they might be buried at Chimney Rock Cemetery.
In Alliance, Nebraska they have made a replica of Stonehenge in England, but here they are
using old cars, so it's called Carhenge! Crazy Americans!
There are also other car sculptures. Here is "The Fourd Seasons".
I then rode north and entered South Dakota. The landscape changed drastically as I entered
Badlands National Park.
Sunrise at the Big Badlands Overlook in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Big Badlands Overlook.
Pictures taken along the Castle Trail.
Pictures from the Medicine Root Trail.
From the Saddle Pass Trail.
Wild bighorn sheep.
From the Cliff Shelf Nature Trail.
To be continued.....