Apparently a week of travel through Nebraska takes a month to blog about. Our last couple days of travel included a night at Ft. Robinson State Park, a trip to the Fur Trade Museum, and a very relaxing evening in a sweet cabin at Niobrara State Park. So many of our friends spent childhood summer vacations at Ft. Robinson but none of us had ever been there. We went to the Trailside Museum and saw some mammoths and other fossils, then we just walked around and checked out some of the buildings. We stayed the night in the lodge, which is the main building of the fort, and sat on the big porch and played cards after dark. Ft. Robinson is where Crazy Horse surrendered and was killed. There was a certain creepiness about the fort since it seemed like the site of a lot of violence and death. However, our night was spent ghost free…as far as we know. In the morning we took a drive around the fort and saw an antelope and some long-horned steer, then made our way along the top of the state to Niobrara State Park.
One of the Nebraska Passport stops was the Museum of the Fur Trade. I am not going to lie, this stop did not excite me at all so it surprised me that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I think they did a nice job of including girly things in the museum. There were lots of beautiful clothes on display and tactile displays. Their gift shop was filled with beautiful blankets, jewelry, and of course furs. I bought some turquoise earrings and then lost one of them that night… sadness overtakes me.
We arrived at Niobrara State Park just in time to fire up the grill and hang out a bit in our cabin before putting the baby to bed. Our stay at Niobrara was incredibly relaxing and the cabin was perfect. This is not the area of Niobrara that you can canoe or tube down, but it was really pretty and just what we needed at the end of a long road trip. We sat out on our covered porch and watched set while we reminisced about our giant trip across the most beautiful state in the country, Nebraska.