This past weekend we flew into Denver, Colorado and took a road trip into North Platte, Nebraska to visit family and friends.
If you’ve ever been to the center of the country, you know how different life is from coastal living. John Denver was right, the Rocky Mountains are serious.
On our way from Colorado to Nebraska, we had to make our first pitstop at Taco John’s. If anyone has been to this West-Mex fast food joint, you know how ridiculous the Potato Ole’s are. They’re not tator tots…they’re amazingly fried potato discs with a secret seasoning that compliments any meal. Just when you think it can’t get better, you can dip it in sour cream, then nacho cheese (in that order). It’s like a savory flavor explosion that’s as addictive as it sounds. If you ever have the chance to stop and eat there, go for it.
Now that our stomachs are full, we hop back in the truck and continue our trek to Nebraska. It’s about a 4-hour drive east of Denver. When you’re there…you know you’re there.
Nebraska is known for a few things: Buffalo Bill, corn, Union Pacific Railroad, corn, having more cows than human population, The Huskers, and corn. These giant silo-like cylinders are full of corn. It’s insane.
Just around the corner from the CO-OP you’ll find the center of town where the courthouse is located…
You’ll also find Chinese restaurants…
Whiskey Creek Steakhouse…
White Horse Video…
Hotel Pawnee…a once bustling retirement hotel with a grand ballroom, now defunct and run-down but admittedly very cool to look at.
At the courthouse you’ll find this statue of a Native American chief from the Sioux Tribe, which once adorned “Sioux Lookout”, the highest point of Lincoln County, Nebraska. Around a decade ago it was moved and brought into the center of town for preservation.
The amount of unoccupied open land is second to none. This is the Wild West…this is Nebraska.
All across the state you’ll find thousands of miles of railroad tracks as far as the eye can see in both directions, but; North Platte boasts Bailey Yards, the largest railroad yard in the world.
The trains haul a variety of goods from cargo and consumer goods to fuel and coal…and these trains can be miles long…that’s a lot of coal.
All in all, it was another awesome trip to middle America. If you ever get the chance to go, we suggest you do.