The Milky Way looked awesome!
Holly and I drove over, said hi to the Buffalo, and then out Panorama Point. This was known as Constable Mountain, for the owners, when I started bagging state highpoints in 1985. Summited while on my 8000-mile Great American Road Trip, in which I bagged the last 5 state high points of my 49 state high points. I'm going to do. Decided 12 years ago to forego Alasaka, I'd much rather go to Nepal if I can go on another 3 week climb somewhere.
Not only did I get this highpoint, but I also visited the NE/CO/WY border. Very easy, and very pleasnt drive! Highpoint #17!
This was the first of three highpoints we visited on a trip to Nebraska and the Dakotas. It was windy and cool. We got some good pics of the buffalo and wind turbines. HP20
A little hard to find but some great sweeping views.
Very easy drive-up, but you will travel along many dirt roads to get there, especially if your GPS guides you. The underbelly of my car got a thorough scraping traveling up the road to the site.
We went to the 3 state marker (NB, WY, CO) that's about 10 minutes away. Good pictures and saw a bison ranch just south of the PP entrance.
It was tough, but after 20 grueling miles of dirt roads and the GPS telling me where to go, I found the Highpoint of Nebraska. We were very proud to be standing like 1000 miles away from home in pretty country. Very windy, and no bison, only bison pies! #3 for me!
Well, two other people is not exactly a crowd but after the miles and miles of nothing getting there we were shocked not to be the only ones at the summit! Surprised by the entrance fee but at least we got to see some buffalo...made me a bit hungry...
Reached the high point at 2:30 am with Keith and Chuck. Very cold and dark.
DOESN'T LOOK MUCH HIGHER THAN THE SURROUNDING PLAINS!
I really like these type of out of the way attractions. This ranks up with the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas.
The views are very nice out here in the middle of nowhere. There was also a lot of bison watching me as I "summited".
After visiting Kansas' state highpoint (Mount Sunflower) in the morning, I drove to Nebraska so that I could visit it's state highpoint (Panorama Point) the same day. I have to be honest... When people talk about "driving in the middle of nowhere", they don't know what they are talking about *unless* they are referring to the 20 miles of dirt roads leading to this location. It was very windy at the "summit", but otherwise there was beautiful weather. Panorama Point, itself, had good views, and I am glad to have travelled to it.
Took the whole family, and we all made it. WHEW!
Though I spend much time in the mountains, I have always loved the vast open spaces of the great plains. So much land and so few people. When we arrived at the top (via auto...no hiking allowed) we met a couple hanging out in the shade of their open tailgate and just enjoying the solitude and scenery. They were in no hurry to go anywhere and were contemplating becoming highpointers as this was their 3rd state summit.
Oh yeah, and the skies were not cloudy all day.
I almost made a bad wrong turn, trying to get to this place. It really is in the middle of NOWHERE. Got out of there in the nick of time too, because a thunderstorm also wanted to pay a visit to the highpoint that day.
Really pretty spot, underappreciated for sure. Very green in the late spring after lots of rain, also visited the tri-state marker very nearby. Surprised that the people who own the property don't do more to maintain the road to the high point, since they request donations.
Hit the NE highpoint on my way back from visiting my parents. Kids had fun running around and the windmills in the distance were neat too. Highpoint #11
I've said it before, I'll say it again...beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder.
First state highpoint, decided to make a special trip from mid-state to bag my home state's first. Unfortunately, I was not a purist and drove to the "summit."
Clear day, watched the sun set over Rockies foothills in distant West - just barely visible. Saw a few bison below. Signed register and lingered. It's a beautiful, rugged, underappreciated landscape.
One of the nicest picture taken ever...
There was a heard of bisons just behind us...