Friday evening, I took part in an SCEA (State College Education Association) meeting with old friend and new ones. Our meeting concluded Saturday before eleven, and I found myself elected as Lead Negotiator for our upcoming, next fall, negotiations for a new two-year contract.
As the set of photographs on Flickr (Take the time to give the slideshow a quick look)
indicate, I saw some beautiful country on a spectacular afternoon.
At The Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, I drove through the sanctuary--the air smelled of spearmint--but did not see Elk
The sights and the numerous Prairie Dogs entertained me considerably. And while in the preserve, I took the metal stairway down into a ravine to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fort Waterfall.
An aquifer spring feeds the stream that creates the falls, as happens at the next falls I visited.
Next, I drove to Smith Falls State Park and went to see, well, Smith Falls, the highest waterfall in the state and a splendid place, loud too.
I concluded my busy afternoon with a pleasant walk on the recreation trail east of Valentine along the Cowboy Trail that now reaches from Chadron to Norfolk.
As I discovered, the trail goes over the old trestle bridge, one of the couple hundred bridges the trail crossses.
In the middle of the bridge, my footsteps
startled a perching Peregrine Falcon, and these birds enjoy heights.
When my wife and I next visit our children in Colorado, we will drive along Highway 20 from Valentine to Chadron and enjoy the beauty of the Sand Hills area of the state.