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An account of visiting the Nebraska Sandhills, a place of grass-covered dunes where cattle graze on widely-spaced ranches. To make the trip interesting, I got my vehicle stuck in the sand, and was rescued by a ranch family; I also observed prairie birds and the only national forest that was created by planting trees on the vast prairie.

While suffering from grief after loss of a loved one, I decided to head home via Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which crosses America from Chicago to Seattle. On board, I found the passing landscape and fleeting friendships of the journey to be immensely satisfying in my time of sorrow. This post describes the experience.