Pony Express Relay Station - Gothenburg
Around our place the last few days, we've had almost constant clouds it seems. Other than a little hole in the grayness on Saturday, it's been fairly dark and gloomy around here... reminded me of Springtime around Seattle. After a hit and run visit by relatives on Saturday (10 family members on a road trip in a rented RV stayed only an hour), we decided yesterday to hit the road for fun and excitement. Not that we found all that much excitement really, but we certainly enjoyed ourselves and found some history and sunshine to go with it.
The day started off nicely with a trip to the vet with the mother of the kittens we have around our farm(stead) to get her kitten makin' stuff removed. Semi retired Doc Stear agreed to spay BS (short for Black Spot) and told us she should be ready for pickup around 4PM.
With most of the day free of plans, we decided to head to North Platte, have some lunch, and see the Buffalo Bill Ranch there as well. To make a long story a bit shorter, the sun came out just south of Wellfleet, we had a great lunch and skipped the ranch as we noted we didn't really have enough time.
We jumped on I-80 eastbound instead and vowed to stop at the Pony Express station at Gothenburg on our circuitous route to pick up BS on time. This was a good choice as we were treated to a pleasant fellow that loved to give a history lesson about the Platte River valley and Pony Express through the area specifically, and across the West generally. His enthusiastic "lecture" brought up visions of riders on horseback heading east and west with a small fortune in mail with them. $5 per 1/2 ounce letter, and the riders carried a maximum 20 pounds of mail... do the math and it's a bunch of bucks in 1860 dollars!
We got back on the road and headed to Arapahoe and a quick stop for some ice cream at the Take-5, then on to pick up BS right on time. Poor thing was sure woozy when we got home, but she seems to be nearly her old self this morning.
To wrap up a near perfect day, we were treated to a fantastic light show from the the storm that rolled through last night.
This livin' in Nebraska isn't half bad!