I have seen many a wacky a thing on my trip so far and this is one among them. Welcome to the Scotts Bluff National Monument in Scottsbluff,
Nebraska. It is a landmark that helped many an emigrant to the American West orient him/herself. Scotts Bluff is about 4000 ft above sea level. Omaha, on the other side of Nebraska, is about 1000 ft. So the emigrant caravans not only had to go through 400 miles of prairie, they had to do that over a gradual incline. And as a runner, I know any incline is worse than no incline at all… so the settlers had hard work cut out for them. From Scotts Bluff you can allegedly see the highest peak in eastern Wyoming, Laramie Peak. At 13,000 ft, Laramie Peak is imposing. And as the helpful internet points out, reaching Scotts Bluff was a sign for the settlers that they had surmounted the challenge of the prairie and that the Rockies lay ahead. I have mad respect for all those who made the journey. It is not easy to negotiate the terrain, and to have to do so with all your life’s possessions to start a fresh life takes some courage.
See, Nebraska is not just all corn! It has some interesting geology. The reason these bluffs exist is that about 30M years ago, the tops of the bluffs were part of a plain. A lot of the soil has since eroded, but the parts protected by hardier stone have stayed in place. All the striations in the side of the hill are large and more numerous. If you have the time to visit oddball spots in Western Nebraska, surely go check it out! I didn’t have the time to hike up to the top of Scotts Bluff but I hope I will some day. Until then, enjoy this picture! #scottsbluff #nationalmonuments #nps #prairie #nebraska #hiking #oregontrail #emigranttrail #platteriver #stratum via Instagram https://ift.tt/2xT11nT