The next day Josie drove with me as I played a round of golf at Dinaland Golf Course. Every morning in the RV Park, we were greeted by a small flock of Wild Turkeys.
We then took the Sheep Creek Geological Loop Road and were treated to more of the stunning scenery. Along the way we saw many mule deer, a couple of elk and even a coyote.
We spent one afternoon at Buffalo Bill Ranch. The guides were dressed in period clothing and they were very informative. Buffalo Bill put on a show with trick riding and shooting one fourth of July and it was so popular other towns ask him to do it for them. Thus, the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows were born. During the show he would release live pigeons and shoot them out of the air. But sometimes the birds would fall into the crowd and bloody the dresses of the ladies. So, his manager developed a clay disc that he put feathers in and when shot out of the sky would look somewhat like a real bird. They became known as clay pigeons.
I played a round of golf at the Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg, Nebraska. It is rated as the Best Course You Can Play in Nebraska by Golf Digest. The course was built into the existing sand hills and required very little earth moving and they only had to dig a hole in the existing sand hills to create a trap. There is not one tree on this links type course. The tee markers were horse shoes and cow skulls, different to say the least.
On our last day in town we visited Pals Brewery, the only one in North Platte. It was also rated the best restaurant in North Platte by Travel Advisor. We ordered a very good pizza and the beer was outstanding. Later that evening a severe thunderstorm came through and we took cover in the laundry room. Some of the hail was as big as a quarter, but it did no damage and did not last very long. The locals took it all in stride, I don't think they get excited till the sirens go off for a tornado.
The first full day in Valentine I played the Dunes Course at The Prairie Club. It is rated the 76th best public golf course in the USA by Golf Magazine. It was a challenging round with lots of sand traps and elevation change. Once the wind came up it was even harder. I did not hit one trap from the tee but found 4 bunkers with second shots and on the 18th hole I wound up in bunker on my second and third shots. The pictures below do not do justice to the wide-open spaces and beautiful sand hill vistas.
One morning we drove through the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. We saw a few Bison and a nice sample of grassland birds. Another highlight of the drive was Ford Falls.
On our final day in town we walked to the trestle that goes over the Niobrara River on the Cowboy Trail, an old Burlington Northern Rail Line. We then had a Runza Sandwich while we sampled the beer at Bolo Brewery. A Runza is a local sandwich made up of hamburger mixed with onion and cabbage. It originated in Lincoln, Nebraska over 65 years ago.