Way back in the day, my nephew, Kevin, and I had spent a night in the town of Ogallala. After a day spent in the car driving the length of Nebraska, I had promised him a movie, and that one-screen theater in Ogallala became my introduction to the X-Men series. I think of it every time I see one of those films.
So when I needed an overnight pit stop this past spring, I went with Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area (SRA). It out to be beautiful beyond my expectations, and I was disappointed I was only staying the one night.
Now I’m kind of retracing my Spring route in reverse to get to Denver, so I got another shot at Lake Ogallala this week.
Definitely a different season this time around!
I’m loving the trees in various states of color and shedding of leaves.
Nebraska has a lot of wide open spaces, featuring corn and cattle. This is the view from the campsite opposite the lake.
Within an hour of my arrival, I heard the unmistakeable sound of sandhill cranes. Yes! They flew right over me on their way to somewhere so far away I lost sight of them. I was so happy to see them, my second favorite bird of all time (Brown pelicans are #1 in my book).
There’s a smaller dam below the big one behind the campground, and a lovely trail that goes out there. This is the start of that trail. How could I not walk it?
After sunset, the crescent moon peeks through the bare branches of the tree by my door. I wink at it before I turn in for the night. And then the sun rises the next day, as it always does.
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the Moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Family of Neil Armstrong