The summer has whispered good-bye and brilliant golden October is upon us. I hope you took the opportunity to travel our place in the world, so much to see and so many people to meet here in Nebraska.
The weekend of October 16th through the 18th will be the annual Sandhills Journey Byway “Follow the Rails Art Trail”. Visit the website at http://followtherailsarttrail.com. Meet artists and the communities that support them. The weather looks promising and will be a work of art itself.
My travels along Nebraska Highway 2 on October 18th was the perfect October drive. I followed the Rails Art Trails from Grand Island to Thedford. The first stop at the Buffalo County lake just east of Ravenna was art of a most natural kind… watched the reflection of the cottonwood trees while Murphy the dog romped and smelled the smells. On our way we passed a lovely doe standing in a small protected field who stopped grazing to watch us pass by. Another of those picture times that by the time you stopped and focused the object of your photo would be long gone.
My next stop was at the Sinclair station on Nebraska Highway 2 in Dunning, Nebraska. A Sandhills Journey sign swings outside and a promise of pottery work awaited inside. Once inside the station, there it was… shelves of pottery pieces – bowls, plates, match stick holders – made locally by Sandhills Pottery. Of course a couple of the pieces were purchased. I had a nice conversation with Michael, a scooter tramp whose gleaming harley sat outside. One of his two, he shared, and his travels on two wheels had taken him to all lower 48 states and through 4 Canadian provinces.
After bidding Michael and Dunning, Nebraska good-bye, I passed by Smokey the Bear advising that the fire danger was moderate in the nearby Halsey Forest and we headed on to Thedford, Nebraska to experience what art work was being showcased there and learn something about this sandhills town.