Monday, May 25, 2015 – Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, Elwood, NE
Brett and Renae dropped Tucker by a few minutes before 8:00 this morning. We visited for a few minutes, got Tucker’s duffle bag and things stored in Bentley and the backseat of the truck. We quickly finished unhooking and pulled out at 8:25 a.m. We are picking Logan up in Galva at his dad’s. We made pretty good time but just before McPherson, the exit to take us to Galva was closed and we had to detour. We went around McPherson to the west and then north, across Kiowa Road over the interstate to find out the road going north to Galva was also closed. Beyond that was a dirt road – with all of the rains, that wasn’t going to work. Dean turned Bentley around at the intersection, and we headed back to McPherson, took Centennial Road north to reach Highway 56 and was able to cross the overpass of I-135 right on over to Galva. That put us back about 30 minutes. We loaded Logan and his stuff up and took out toward Salina. Here are a couple of photos of us getting started.
Our first selfie!
This would be a pretty long travel day for us – longer than we like to do, but we want to spend as much time as possible in South Dakota so we need to cover a lot of ground and be back by June 4.
We crossed into Nebraska north of Phillipsburg, KS. Here’s the sign to prove it.
We arrived at Johnson Lake at about 4:00 p.m. The attendant sent us to site #55. The roads were pretty muddy – they have had a lot of rain. Dean tried to back in, but between the trees and the mud it was not working. I called the Lake Office and explained the situation. They advised we could pick out a site and then let the attendant know. We chose Site #77. It has a wider entrance, was closer to the water (which means a nicer view) and barely any mud. We really enjoyed this site. The boys played Frisbee while Papa grilled hot dogs and I made macaroni & cheese.
Here the guys are chilling .... it felt really nice!
We walked down to the lake after dinner and were able to get some nice shots of our first Nebraska sunset and man was it great!
We were all pretty tired. After getting dishes done, and watching a little TV we were soon ready for bed.