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Our trip to Sunset, Utah

Tuesday morning we headed east along I-80 towards home. We had decided to stay out one more night since we did not want to wear ourselves out with a 13-hour drive from Fort Collins to Mason City. We stopped for lunch in Gothenburg, NE and visited this restored Pony Express Station, now located in the city park. This 1854 structure was erected on the Oregon trail four miles east of Fort McPherson, Lincoln County, Nebraska and used as a fur trading post and ranch house. During 1860 and 61 it was a Pony Express Station and then from 1862 to 1931 it was an Overland Trail Stage Station and then a dwelling, bunk house, and storage house on a ranch. In 1931 it was donated to the city of Gothenburg and moved from its original site to this location by the Gothenburg Post No. 64 American Legion.

We arrived in York Nebraska in the late afternoon with the skies looking pretty threatening. This water tower is a very distinctive landmark for the community but we were unable to find much else in the town to entertain us. As we returned to the motel the skies opened up and we had very heavy rain.

Following the storm we had a pretty impressive light show to the southwest with the storm clouds lit by the setting sun. And that is about the end of the trip, Wednesday we drove back to Mason City. It was a great trip but good to be home.