Our drive to Ogallala (named after the Ogala Sioux Tribe) will be our shortest daily drive since we left Florida two weeks ago. The total distance will be just under two hundred miles and if we make only one rest stop and no stops for gas, then we expect we will be on the road only 3-1/2 hours. Despite the obvious fact that there was no reason to get on the road early, Kathy and I being creatures of habit ending up rising at 6 AM and hitting the road by 8 AM. This schedule would have placed us in Ogallala in southwestern Nebraska by 11:30 AM were it not for one important fact that we had over looked - we passed into the Mountain Time Zone as we drove down I-80 and immediately we had to set our clocks back one hour. We arrived at the Country View Campground at 10:30 AM their time which probably made us the earliest arrival in this campground's history. Only an older couple traveling without children could accomplish such a feat. You might see in the above photograph in the distance our small travel trailer and you might also see that the RV park was almost empty. Fortunately for the owner of the park by the evening the park was almost half full. From our standpoint "not crowded" is always a real positive.
Today we will explore the town of Ogallala. Unfortunately very few of the old original buildings have survived today in Ogallala and virtually nothing has survived that reminded us of the town's Cowboy days. They have their own Boot Hill cemetery where many of the cowboys were buried but it is a little disappointing in that most of the old gravestones were destroyed over the years. Apparently the cemetery was used by children as a sledding hill and as they road their sleds down the rather steep hill they occasionally crashed into and broke off the small headstones. Before the historical significance of the cemetery was recognized which was only just recently, the local residents apparently disposed of the headstones as trash.