Saturday Sept. 18
I got up early and drove over to Scott’s Bluff National Monument with the intention of going into the visitor center and then taking the 1.6 mile drive to the top. Unfortunately, nothing was going to be open for another hour and I didn’t feel like waiting. I've found that sometimes my fondness for getting up and out early will backfire on me.
Located nearby is the Chimney Rock Museum. If you're in the area, please stop by. It's loaded with interesting artifacts and if you're an Oregon Trail buff you will find plenty to interest you. The feature that I liked the most was the interactive display where you could "load a wagon" with the necessary items for your overland journey so you could see how much really doesn't fit into a wagon you'd be living out of for almost 6 months. It really puts a neat perspective on what the pioneers had to endure.
I stopped to grab a geocache that was located outside a gift shop. The cache was built to look like a trading post and you had to figure out how to get it open. It was a cute cache
That night I stayed at Double Nickel campground which is located right off the expressway (80) with super easy on and off. It’s a nice campground and I’m glad I made advance reservations because they were full. It was extremely crowded and the campsites are very close together. I even had a nice wooden swing at my campsite. Again I wished I had my bathing suit because the pool looked inviting. The only thing I didn't like was that the bathroom/shower had a horrible smell, kind of like rotten radishes. I don't know what that was all about.
I fixed dinner and sat and read for awhile. It's hard to believe that I only had one more night of camping after this and then I'd be home.