Friday 17 May 2013

2013 Day 10 - Lake Scott State Park (KS) to North Platte (NE)

The nearest thunderstorms today were forecast to be either another 9 hour drive from our current location in Hays (KS) to northwest Nebraska, or back down in north Texas. So instead we decided to enjoy a "down day", and visit a local state park en-route to our planned destination for the forthcoming night in North Platte (NE).

So, we visited Lake Scott State Park halfway between Oakley (KS) and Scott City (KS), which allowed Hannah to indulge in some lake swimming practice once more. It was a very picturesque park, with steep-sided hills and a fairly large lake in the valley.
We spent a couple of hours there chilling and topping up our tans, before driving a couple of hours north across the border and into Nebraska, towards North Platte. The terrain changes from flat Plains horizon to horizon to some quite noticeable hillier parts as you enter Nebraska.
Lake Scott State Park (KS)
Lake Scott State Park (KS)
We checked into a hotel early (the most expensive hotel of the trip thus far at $137!) and seized the opportunity to eat some proper 'sit down' food rather than the fast food while chasing that we'd become used to over previous days. A really nice, juicy steak at Applebee's was exactly what the doctor ordered, accompanied by a fantastic atmosphere - something unlike you'd experience in any restaurant or pub in the UK. We're now spending the evening deciding where to head to tomorrow in order to be in a good position - the SPC has issued the first MDT (moderate) risk of severe thunderstorms so far this chase, so excitement levels are elevated in anticipation for what tomorrow may bring!

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