On a sweltering summer day in Nebraska, we hiked at Scottsbluff National Monument all the way up to the top of Saddle Rock. Unfortunately, a natural roadblock forced a detour but that didn’t diminish our resolve.
Just like the first pioneers, we approached the remarkable formation by crossing the rolling hills of a flower-filled prairie. Recent rainfall had transformed the vibrant grassland into a kaleidoscope of vivid color.
The spacious summit was a unique habitat featuring steep ledges, ponderosa pine and dangerous rattlesnakes. Views were far-reaching as a wide vista included the Twin Cities and most of the North Platte Valley.
I can only imagine what it must have been like to migrate across this vast landscape so many years ago. Things are different now but when you visit a place such as this, you still get a sense for what it was like when the West was wild.
|Scottsbluff National Monument|
|From the top of Saddle Rock|
|A flower-filled prairie|
|The grassland was a kaleidoscope of color|
|A spacious summit|
|Steep ledges and rattlesnakes|
|A wide vista featuring the twin cities|
|I can only imagine what it must have been like|
|A sense for when the West was wild|