Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Jimmy & Carol arriving at the Fort Robinson Lodge to meet us...

Looking across the street...Pretty isn't it!

I'd like to take a ride!

Time for dinner...Clowning around the front door, waiting on Larry to snap...

Really cool inside, wish you could see better...

Neat seating...

This door is for my friend Joyce...She loves them!

The gangs all here!

Center door is our room...Check out the sunflower, looking for the light!

On our way to the Homestead...

Love watching the trains...

Scenery off to my left...

Pretty cool!

Unique topography all around...

Arriving at the Homestead...

Population 24!


Haven't posted lately as we spent the last couple of days in Nebraska with friends Brad & Bonnie and Jim & Carol. We met & then followed Brad & Bonnie, "in case a wheel falls off". They pulled their trailer and camped at one of their favorite spots, the Fort Robinson Campground. We decided to leave ours home, opting to stay at the Fort Robinson Lodge, as did Jim & Carol. They live in Denver, Colorado so it was a 5 hour drive in for them, 2 hours for us. We planned to spend only one night, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, we purchased tickets to see 'Always....Patsy Cline' at the Fort Playhouse. As it turned out, we enjoyed the first show so much we stuck around and saw 'Annie Get Your Gun' on Thursday night. But more on that later....

Wednesday evening the six of us went to the Ranch House in Crawford for a terrific dinner before our show. All of the food was very good as was the company. We enjoyed catching up with Jim & Carol, hadn't seen them in three years. We arrived at our show with 5 minutes to spare.

Thursday morning we met for a delicious breakfast at Fort Robinson before heading out for a local attraction, the High Plains Homestead. It reminded us of Castle Dome, on a smaller scale, located just outside Yuma, Az. There is no admission fee at the Homestead which was unusual and nice. The Old West Cowtown's main street includes the Badlands Mercantile, Blacksmith Shop, Dirty Creek Saloon, Deep Creek School and the High Plains Post Office, along with a variety of other period structures and items.

The star of the show is the Drifter Cookshack, a restored log cabin furnished with homestead-era and cowboy collectibles and antiques. The Cookshack is the “heart” of High Plains Homestead, since this is where guests eat and congregate. Hearty, cowboy-sized meals are served daily for breakfast, lunch and supper. They are also one of the few places in Nebraska that continue to make their pies, bread and rolls right on the premises. A sign indicated that 'Drifters are welcome daily...but Reservation are encouraged'. We understand that many folks travel the 10+ mile dirt road to get to this fine establishment! We had a late lunch and all of the food was terrific! Including my first ever sarsparilla float. Spelled weird isn't it, as everyone I know says 'saaaasparilla'....Larry had a root beer float and was he ever in hog heaven. A break from 'the diet' for a change!

Next door to the Cookshack are the Bunkhouses, 6 rooms furnished to depict an aspect of the Old West. We didn't go inside as they were all full but they looked cute from the outside. Merlin & Roberta Kesselring, founders of the High Plains Homestead, have certainly done a wonderful job of presenting their collected homestead-era tools, implements, household items and horse-drawn machinery, most of it museum quality, in a natural setting. They have now turned over the reins to their son Mike & Linda Kesserling. They seem to have a strong desire to maintain the integrity of the Homestead, which is wonderful for tourists and locals alike. We certainly enjoyed our time there and we'll sure be back....

P.S. I'm going to break the pics taken on this trip into a couple of posts. Don't want to overwhelm you by posting them all at one time! So check back tomorrow for more, thanks...



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com
Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |