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Light Show Finale

Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 8:56 AM

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!

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Gotta love the storms like that... when you can just sit back and watch and not have to take cover that is.

-- Posted by S&DC on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 11:41 AM

Last night was one of the better songs the clouds have sung for a day or three. Very enjoyable. The air seemed to be dancing.

In Messiah's weather. Arley

-- Posted by Navyblue on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 5:34 PM

Hey Slicker,

The ToonderBoomers make for some great shows, when it is only lighting and Toonder, without the hail and over-sized Dust Devils.

My last time down Frenchman's Creek from Julesburg to McCook, I made it into Imperial about 30 seconds ahead of one of those pink storm fronts.

Pulled into the Car Wash and watched trees, cars and roofs get the Bejassus pounded out of them.

Then found a place to eat and after giving the hail a couple of hours to melt, with afternoon traffic clearing the highway surface, headed for McCook.

Even then, in the spots where trees of any size were close to the road, there was hail debris aplenty.

Back in '58, the area hired Krick and Associates out of Denver to seed the clouds in an effort to get more rain and less hail.

Have they continued the cloud seeding?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 7:18 PM

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