John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

No Rattlesnakes

Wildflower

Storm Clouds?

Farm And Ranch Museum

Farm And Ranch Museum

Farm And Ranch Museum

Where Is John?

A Windmill!

A Windmill and Dome


We wake up to a little rain. I check the weather report. It will pass. It is clear by the time we head to Chimney Rock National Historic Site.

Chimney Rock is a smaller landmark than I expect. However, it was important to the pioneers. It was a change in scenery after crossing the plains. Most every pioneer journal mentions the Chimney.

Our stop is mainly a photo op. Visitors cannot get any nearer to Chimney Rock than the Visitor Center. That is Okay by me. I am not going to climb it. The Visitor Center has a good fifteen-minute video and exhibits.

We head back toward Scottsbluff. As we near The Monument, I realize I can pick out Dome, Crown, Sentinel, Eagle and Saddle. I have an Aha moment. Our RV Park is on Five Rocks Road. I get it! By the way, “The Monument” is what the locals call Scotts Bluff National Monument.

For a long time travelers passed to the south of the bluff. Robidoux owned a trading post along this route. Later, ravines were filled (maybe by the army) so wagons could pass through the middle of the bluff.

Next, we stop at the Farm and Ranch Museum. We watch footage of farm life taken in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Farmers work the fields by hand and later use machinery. I am tired and my back hurts just watching. Farming is a hard life!

We stop for groceries. Back at Robidoux RV Park, I do the laundry. Tomorrow we move on to Wyoming.

Campground: Robidoux RV

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