LOCATION: Republican City, Nebraska – in south central part of state
WEATHER: Mostly sunny. High 95
CAMPGROUND: Hunter Grove Campground, part of Harlan Lake Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area. On a lake – of which we have a distant view. Graveled sites with electricity, picnic table, and firepit. Water and dump station nearby. Decent bathrooms. Mostly fishermen here. $12/night with Senior Pass. 4 stars out of 5
DRIVE: 3 easy hours
At the Harvest Host winery (without electricity) last night, we slept with all the windows open. It cooled down beautifully, and we actually got a little chilly!
We awoke to a cacophony of sounds – the donkey braying, sheep bleating, pheasants honking, and the bullfrogs croaking. Just wonderful!
The farmer/owner/winemaker came by to feed the animals.
He told us that the sheep are only a week old. So cute…
Our drive today was due north out of Kansas and into Nebraska, through farmland. We are starting to see more corn now. We passed a prison center out in the middle of nowhere. There was a highway sign saying “Hitchhikers may be escaping prisoners”. We didn’t see any, so weren’t tempted to pick up anyone.
Harlan Lake is a huge recreation center. There are 6 different campgrounds around the lake – several ACOE ones plus two private ones with marinas. Since we are here mid-week, it is nice and quiet. I imagine it will fill up with boaters this weekend.
Republican City is our nearest town. We drove around the lake and in to the town.
We thought this is ironic….with a name like Republican City – our TV reception is limited….no FOX but 4, count them 4, PBS stations!!
We found a nice beach and swam a bit. We stopped at a marina to see about renting a pontoon. We hope to do that tomorrow.
DINNER: George made a campfire and grilled some shrimp and sausage. I added the shrimp and sausage to some yellow rice to make a kind of gumbo. Side was peas.