Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock was a destination for me, like it was for pioneers traveling west during the 1800’s.  I’d heard about it, read about, and even seen it from a distance (about 40 miles), but never saw it up close until my recent photo safari to western Nebraska.

Located in Morrill County, about 50 miles NNW of Sidney, NE, Chimney Rock served as a geological landmark (similar to Scotts Bluff in an earlier blog) for settlers traveling west along the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail and California Trail.   It rises about 300′ above the surrounding plains and is the only thing that breaks the horizon for miles around.

I was rather disappointed when I finally got to see it.  Ho hum, okay, what’s next on the agenda?  The rocks had some nice color, but there was no way to get up close to get a good feel for the size of it.  Had it not been for the early morning storm clouds and the tractor in the foreground, this would have been a very boring shot.

Thought for the Day:  Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.    Voltair

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