Aug. 3, Independence, MO to Council Bluffs, IA + 297
= 625 ok
Missouri River Basin
Interpretive Center at Nebraska City, NE
Jay and Gina's Journal
Left Independence. Seeing more grassland as we cross into Nebraska. Fewer trees than were seen in MO. We’ll cover another month of travel for L&C today; 4 states - MO, IA, KN, and NE. There is lots of corn to be seen, but not as lush as in IN, and fewer silos. We noted that the Pony Express routes went out from Kansas City. Surprised to seeing very gently rolling hills in this part of KN. The hills roll more in NE. We crossed the MO 4 times today, and observed lots of flooding.
We stopped at the Missouri River Basin Interpretive Center. Two things of note: climbing on the land locked Keel Boat replica and noting the extent of the flooding of the river. The normal route on Highway 29 was flooded out.
After lunch, we continued to the Western Historic Trails Center. Two things of note at this center were the map showing all the different trails and the set of maps showing how the roads going across the country changed between the 19th and 20th century.
the next stop was Ft. Atkinson, NE. It was the largest military fort. A replica of the air pump riffle was on display. This was the area of the first council with the Native Americans - Lewis’ speech seems so pompous! There’s a lovely statue representing the meeting in the middle of a field of prairie grass. The grass, a lovely shade of blue/green, is almost as tall as I am. It’s filled with dragon flies and butterflies, and echinacea flowers of different shades - but no green like in our front yard. I loved the hike over to the fort itself. The fort was 200 yards on each side. The fort has to be very self-sufficient as it was really in the middle of nowhere. As such it had vegetable gardens, cattle, horses, a school, laundry, hospital (2 beds), etc. View of the river was lovely. Back to Council Bluffs, IA to the motel and dinner.
We drove 297 miles for a total of 625. More impressively,
we walked 2.7 miles per Gailís report.