A couple of weekends ago, we took a quick day trip to northern Nebraska, and I can highly recommend the scenery. For those of you unfamiliar with that part of the world, let me just say you are really missing a beautiful place. There are rolling hills with pastures just now greening up, as well as bright green alfalfa fields.
In many places beside the road there are wetlands filled with ducks, many with their feathered bottoms in the air as they search for food beneath the water’s surface, and lots of red-winged blackbirds and meadowlarks. If you are lucky, you might also see an eagle or two drifting above.
Spring is the best time to travel here—summertime brings brown pastures, and winters can be harsh. But, the Sandhills, a feature unique to Nebraska, begin here, and deserve to be better known as a destination. My recommendation is to drive Highway 281 north from Grand Island all the way to the South Dakota border. You’ll pass through some typical small Nebraska towns: Central City, St. Libory, Greeley, Bartlett and O’Neill (the Irish capital of Nebraska.) You’ll also be close to Ashfall Fossil Beds—a great stop to see the fossils of mammals buried in the ash from volcanoes.
So, get off the interstate and travel somewhere new.
By Carla Hedstrom
Meaningful Meanderings Blog