We left Custer on Wednesday of last week ago and made our way south. Our first stop was J&C RV Park in Alliance, Nebraska. This is a lovely, small family-owned campground right off Highway 385. The people are very nice (“Office at Back Door of Residence”) and there was plenty of grass and a good area for throwing balls.
Then, every so often there is a small jewel of a lake nestled between the dunes.
One such wetlands area was identified as Avocet Wildlife Management Area. As we approached, we saw flocks of large white birds circling overhead or floating on the water. As we got closer, we could see that they were American White Pelicans. (If the sand hadn't been covered by grass, the setting could have been the Texas coast.) We stopped for several minutes to watch them as they moved from one area of the lake to another, or spiraled overhead.
Much of Hwy 385 runs alongside the railroad tracks. However, not nearly so many trains were running this trip. When we traveled through the Sandhills in 2010, trains of more than 100 cars were traveling in both directions, either carrying coal, or on their way to pick up a load. The trains were often separated by only 10 minutes or so. This year, we saw only a few, including this one.
We also treated ourselves to a “Cheeto Pie,” which must be the Kansas version of that old Texas favorite, the “Frito Chili Pie.” It was good, but we decided that Texas has the better pie!
When we pulled into the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas, (known to most as “Hutch”) we found several heavy-duty trucks and fifth wheels already there. The “Pre-HDT Rally” is now in full swing.
Happy hour is being observed regularly, trucks are being repaired, polished and admired, and we look forward to seeing the rest of our friends as they arrive for next week’s activities.