Nebraska State Parks #2 and 3

Conveniently located about halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, the two biggest cities in the state of Nebraska, are two state parks off the same exit along the Platte River. Turn left to get to one, turn right to get to the other. I went to them on consecutive weekends in January 2022. Hay dos parques estatales en la misma sálida ubicados casi al punto medio entre Lincoln y Omaha, las dos ciudades más grandes del estado de Nebraska. Gira a la izquierda para llegar a uno, a la derecha para el otro. Fui a ellos dos fines de semana seguidos en enero de 2022.

The first one was the Platte River State Park. I parked in the carpark near the falls and found my way to the falls. They were frozen over. I explored and eventually found my way to the observation tower, which I had to climb. Unfortunately, the stairs were open with holes in the floor, which gave me a sense of vertigo the higher I went. I was clinging on to the banister (it was cold so I had on gloves). The views from above were amazing. I could see Lincoln! El primero fue el Río Platte Parque Estal. Parqué en el parking cerca de las cascadas y las encontré. Estaban congeladas. Exploré y luego encontré el torre de observación, y tenía que subirlo. Lamentablemente, había agujeras en las escaleras, que me daba vertigo. Estaba agarrando la bandarilla (llevaba los guantes porque hacía mucho frío). Pero las vistas desde arriba fueron increíbles.

I then followed the trail to where it would take me. I only saw one other person who was out with a dog, so it was a very social distanced day. Luego sigué la senda. Solo vi a una persona más, quien tenía un perro. Entonces, fue un día con distanciamiento social.

The next weekend, I went to the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This has a lot more attractions and a lot of cabins, so there was a lot more traffic. However, I parked next to the observation tower, which had the same type of steps but wasn’t as high so it took a bit longer for vertigo to get me. Again, the views were worth it. El próximo fin de semana, fui al Eugene T. Mahoney Parque Estatal. Hay bastantes atracciones y muchas cabañas, y por eso había más gente. Pero aparqué a lado del torre de observación, que tenía las mismas escaleras pero no estaba tan alto como el otro. Tardó un poco más para la llegada del vertigo.

I wandered around, following the dirt path trails. I saw a sign that confused me about a do not go past here as special hunt. They weren’t ON the trail but on one side of the trail facing me, so I thought it meant just don’t go past the trail line. I’d later find out it meant the trail as the end of it had a much clearer sign but I didn’t run into anyone so I was safe. Exploré, otra vez siguiendo las sendas de tierra. Vi una señal que me confundió que puso “No pasa: Caza especial” en inglés. Como los marcadores no estaban en la senda pero por el otro lado, pensaba que no cruzar al otro lado de la senda, pero luego había un marcador más claro. Significaba no entra la senda. No vi a nadie y llegué a casa seguro, obviamente.

I did run into a family of deer, who watched me. They must have been Covid knowledgeable as they socially distanced pretty well. Conocí a una familia de ciervos. Me miraban fijamente. Creo que tenían un conocemiento de Covid porque hicieron distanciamiento social.

I took the dirt trail back and got on another that had no confusing signs and walked along it for a few kilometres before turning back. I got back just in time as the crowds had finally got to that end of the park, so I got in my car and came home. Volví por la senda de tierra y seguí otra que no tenía marcadores de ningún tipo y la seguí por unos kilómetros antes de volver. Llegué a mi coche justo a tiempo porque estaban llegano bastantes personas. Volví a casa.

Both parks are well worth checking out. Mahoney has lodges, ziplining and other activities. Platte River has the waterfalls and nature. Merecen la pena ambos parques. Mahoney tiene cabañas, tirolina y otras actividades. Río Platte tiene las casadas y mucha naturaleza.

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